International Links: Two Players Pirates Have Scouted
Feb08

International Links: Two Players Pirates Have Scouted

A couple international players have been mentioned recently with Pittsburgh Pirates scouts attached to their stories. One is a veteran with a long international track record, while the other would be part of the 2014 July 2nd signing class. The first is a player from Cuba, who may be one of those rare players from that country that are allowed to leave to pursue baseball elsewhere. Yulieski Gourriel is a 29-year-old third baseman, who...

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Pirates Sign Quincy Latimore
Feb07

Pirates Sign Quincy Latimore

According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Quincy Latimore to a minor league contract. He spent the first six seasons of his career in the Pirates system after they took him in the fourth round of the 2007 amateur draft out of high school. Last January, the Pirates traded Latimore to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for pitcher Jeanmar Gomez. Latimore hit .231/.306/.353 in 81 games at AA Akron before...

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Pirates Sign Omir Santos
Feb07

Pirates Sign Omir Santos

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of catcher Omir Santos to a minor league deal that comes with an invite to Spring Training. The 32-year-old has played parts of five seasons in the majors, spending this last year with the Cleveland Indians. He played just one game in the majors last year, spending the rest of the season in AAA, where he had a .639 OPS in 61 games. In his major league career, he has a .248/.280/.363...

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First Pitch: Why is Defense Still Underrated?
Feb06

First Pitch: Why is Defense Still Underrated?

Last season the Pittsburgh Pirates had a ton of success due to an approach that focused on pitching and defense. This approach was largely overlooked, and the success was chalked up to something that couldn’t be sustained. The cries all summer were for the Pirates to add a bat, with the feeling that they couldn’t continue winning games by focusing on pitching and defense. Yet the Pirates continued to win games with this...

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Baseball Prospectus Releases Their Top Ten Pirates Prospects
Feb05

Baseball Prospectus Releases Their Top Ten Pirates Prospects

Baseball Prospectus has released their top ten Pirates Prospects today, which is available here for subscribers. The names on the top ten list are the same as everywhere else, although the rankings are much different. Most outlets have Gregory Polanco as the top prospect, but BP went with Jameson Taillon first and Polanco second. Tyler Glasnow rated third, which is a pretty standard rating for him. From there, BP did things a little...

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First Pitch: This is Where the Pirates Need to Spend Money
Feb05

First Pitch: This is Where the Pirates Need to Spend Money

A few years ago, we asked Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly if the team could eventually afford a $70-80 M payroll. He answered that the team could afford that payroll after attendance increased. That led to a series of expectations. 1. The Pirates would eventually become competitive. 2. The attendance would increase due to the Pirates winning. 3. The payroll would go up. Number three on that list has always been the focus...

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