Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Spring Training Roster
Mar05

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Spring Training Roster

I just received a copy of the Minor League Camp roster, listing every player who will be participating in the minor league portion of Spring Training. The numbers to the left of each name are their numbers in camp, which is useful if you’re coming down to Spring Training. The numbers in parenthesis to the right are the ages of the players. Normally this roster is notable for all of the guys who are making the jump to the US for...

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First Pitch: The New International Player Pages
Mar05

First Pitch: The New International Player Pages

Last week I wrote about the international players who would be in camp for the first time this year. A lot of these guys are expected to make the jump to the US this year, and the number of players making that jump for the first time is pretty large, due to the addition of Bristol. We usually wait for players to jump to the US for Spring Training before making a player page for them on the site. Today, Wilbur Miller created a ton of...

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Spring Training Notes: The Roles of Andrew Lambo and Jordy Mercer
Mar04

Spring Training Notes: The Roles of Andrew Lambo and Jordy Mercer

During yesterday’s meeting with the media, Clint Hurdle made two comments that really stood out to me as far as how the Pirates see two of their starting positions. The first base position has been in question this off-season, with Andrew Lambo seeming to be the front-runner. The Pirates added Chris McGuiness, who has looked good in limited appearances so far this Spring. But Hurdle’s comments on McGuiness pointed to Lambo...

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Pirates’ Manager Clint Hurdle on Quantifying Pitch Framing
Mar04

Pirates’ Manager Clint Hurdle on Quantifying Pitch Framing

Yesterday, Baseball Prospectus released a study with a very intense look at quantifying catcher blocking and pitch framing. The study showed that Russell Martin’s framing and blocking last year was with 2.4 wins, while Chris Stewart’s work with the Yankees was worth 1.9 wins. I asked Clint Hurdle about the idea of finding value behind framing and blocking after yesterday’s game to get his input on the study. “I...

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First Pitch: Five Big Stories to Watch From Minor League Camp
Mar04

First Pitch: Five Big Stories to Watch From Minor League Camp

Today is the first day of full squad workouts at Minor League camp. Previously the Pirates had minor league players in camp, but mostly lower level guys, and only partial practices. The Minor League Spring Training schedule begins today with a camp day. On Friday, the Pirates start playing games against other teams. So far the only thing that has been taking place has been batting practice, fielding and base running drills, and a few...

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Pirates Rank Fourth Among Top 25-And-Under Talent
Mar03

Pirates Rank Fourth Among Top 25-And-Under Talent

Baseball Prospectus released their organization rankings of 25-and-Under Talent and the Pittsburgh Pirates were ranked fourth overall. This list differs from their top prospects list, because it includes players already in the majors, which adds Gerrit Cole, Starling Marte and Jose Tabata to the list. The Pirates are ranked behind three other National League teams, the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and the top-ranked St Louis...

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