• Some Perspective on the Impact of an Impact Bat

    Pena could be a potential upgrade at first base - MRHSfan, Flickr.comA large segment of the Pirates fan base, energized by the team’s competitive play, is eager to see the team trade for an impact bat before the July 31 trade deadline. Over the past few weeks, it has been difficult to...

  • A Price the Pirates Can’t Afford to Pay

    The Pirates can afford to give up money, but they can't afford to give up top prospects like Taillon. You could easily make the case that Pittsburgh Pirates fans are obsessed with money.  Maybe not when it comes to their personal lives, but definitely when it comes to talking about moves the...

  • When Will Baseball Add Instant Replay?

    Can you think of any reason why baseball doesn’t currently have instant replay?  Ever since the call last night, I’ve been trying to think of any possible reason why the sport has been so reluctant to make the switch to an obvious improvement.  I can’t think of any reason. I can’t think...

  • Young Prospects Require Patience

    I’ve always had a certain approach when it came to evaluating prospects out of high school.  Too often, you see them evaluated by fans with the same expectations you see given to college players.  If a prospect isn’t above the high-A level three years after he’s drafted, it’s seen as a disappointment....

  • The View From the Booth: Scott McCauley

    Last month, Pirates Prospects introduced a new feature to the site called “The View From the Booth”.  On the fourth Monday of every month, we interview a different broadcaster from one of the minor league affiliates, getting their opinion on how the team they follow looks, as well as some insight on...

  • Why Haven’t the Pirates Made a Move Yet?

    One of my biggest pet peeves is the following phrase: "You weren't around in the 1970s, so you don't know what a winning team should do." I'm 27 years old.  I was born in 1983, so I missed all of the Pirates' World Series titles.  I was 8-9 years old when the...

  • When Will the Pirates Be Contenders?

    At what point do the Pittsburgh Pirates become contenders? Is it enough now that they're tied for first place, and have legitimately been in the NL Central race for most of the month? Do they need to take two out of three games this weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals, followed by...

  • Pirates Prospects Has a New Facebook Page

    Last week, I created a new Facebook page for the site.  The reason for the change was that the old page was still showing “Buccofans.com” as the name.  That was something that I couldn’t change, per Facebook’s policies.  Therefore, I had to create a new page for the site. The old page...

  • 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll

              NOTES: All salaries in bold are official. All ages are as of the start of the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates season. Players in the minor leagues make $32,500 in their first year on the 40-man roster, $67,300 in their second year, and $97,500 in their third year. Any...

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