• Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Rule 5 Eligible Players

    The Rule 5 draft is always a big topic for Pittsburgh Pirates fans.  Ever since the team lost five players in the first six picks of the 2003 draft, fans have focused on who the Pirates need to protect.  The 2011 draft will be the first draft where college players taken in...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Minor League Free Agents

    The following Pittsburgh Pirates players will be eligible for minor league free agency during the 2011/2012 off-season: Anthony Claggett* Jose Ascanio Dusty Brown Jeff Clement Nelson Figueroa Sean Gallagher Aaron Heilman Steven Jackson Andy Marte Dan Meyer Garrett Olson Greg Picart Travis Scott Justin Thomas Wyatt Toregas Donald Veal Corey Wimberly Tyler...

  • 2011 Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Year

    Throughout most of the summer, it looked like the Pitcher of the Year award was a one man race.  Kyle McPherson had an amazing season, starting off with a 2.89 ERA in 71.2 innings in high-A, with a 60:6 K/BB ratio and an 0.95 WHIP.  McPherson moved up to Altoona, and didn’t...

  • Comparing the Pirates’ 2008 Draft to Other Teams

    One of the big things that Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington gets credit for is his approach with the MLB Draft.  The Pirates have spent the most in the draft over the last four years, including a record amount in 2011.  There have been four drafts now under Neal Huntington, yet...

  • Is the Pitching Staff Set For 2012?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have 18 pitchers on the active roster due to September callups, a number that doesn’t count Paul Maholm or Kevin Correia, who are both on the 60-day disabled list and out for the 2011 season.  Throughout the 2011 season the Pirates’ pitching staff has set the tone.  When...

  • Stetson Allie vs Nick Kingham

    I had a conversation in the State College press box last week about who was the higher rated prospect: Stetson Allie or Nick Kingham.  We rated Allie as the higher prospect in our mid-August top 10 update, and in the State College wrap up, Allie was picked over Kingham in four of...

  • Year One in the Books For Jameson Taillon

    The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t had an ace pitcher in the majors since Doug Drabek left the team after the 1992 season.  When the Pirates drafted Jameson Taillon in the first round of the 2010 draft last year, the hope was for that to change.  Taillon was regarded as one of the best...

  • Tony Sanchez Wasn’t a Total Disappointment in 2011

    There has been a lot of talk about how the 2011 season has been a down year for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system.  A big reason for that has been the struggles in the upper levels of some of the top prospects coming in to the 2011 season.  One of those prospects...

  • Who Plays First Base for the Pirates in 2012?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates activated first baseman Derrek Lee from the disabled list yesterday, and he promptly hit a grand slam in the ninth inning of his first game back, giving the Pirates a 7-5 win.  The Pirates added Lee at the trade deadline in exchange for Aaron Baker, but quickly saw him...

  • Three Stories of Stats and Fastball Command

    Fastball command has kind of taken on a life of its own in Pittsburgh.  The Pirates stress fastball command in the minors, especially at the lower levels when players are just getting in to the system.  The approach is aimed so that players get to the point where they can locate the...