2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball
Oct16

2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball

Prior to the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a big extension. The deal paid him $51.5 M, locking up all of his arbitration years and buying out control of three free agent years. That season, McCutchen responded with a 6.8 WAR, went on to win an MVP award the next year, and the extension started looking like a massive value for the Pirates. They might have gotten the same massive value with Starling...

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Jeff Banister to be Hired as the New Manager of the Rangers
Oct16

Jeff Banister to be Hired as the New Manager of the Rangers

According to Ken Rosenthal, Jeff Banister will be hired as the manager of the Texas Rangers. Sources: #Rangers to hire #Pirates’ Banister as manager. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 16, 2014 Less than an hour ago, we heard that Banister impressed in his interview, making the hiring process difficult. Obviously he impressed enough to get the job. The immediate question here would be about Banister’s replacement...

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Pirates Signed Three of the Best Independent League Pitchers This Year
Oct16

Pirates Signed Three of the Best Independent League Pitchers This Year

Baseball America released their list of the top independent league players on Thursday, splitting it up between the top five signed and unsigned players. For the signed players, it’s no shock that John Holdzkom was ranked first. He made it all the way to the majors within months of pitching his last game in independent ball. A simple suggestion from his pitching coach this year turned him from a hard-thrower with no control, to...

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AFL: Angel Sanchez Added to Scottsdale Roster, Strikes Out Three in First Inning
Oct16

AFL: Angel Sanchez Added to Scottsdale Roster, Strikes Out Three in First Inning

The Scottsdale game on Wednesday night was a slugfest early, with 17 runs scored in the first four innings. Scottsdale ended up losing 13-11 to drop to 5-3 on the season. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Josh Bell was at first base and batting fifth, while Elias Diaz was behind the plate and batting eighth. We announced the other day that Nick Kingham isn’t going to participate in the AFL despite being...

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First Pitch: Sorting Out the Mixed Reviews For Nick Kingham
Oct16

First Pitch: Sorting Out the Mixed Reviews For Nick Kingham

In the last two days, Baseball America released their top 20 lists for the Eastern League and the International League. With their first five lists, there weren’t any big surprises. Two players made it from the GCL, West Virginia and Bradenton and it was the players we expected. The lists for the Appalachian League(Bristol) and NYPL(Jamestown) didn’t have any Pirates players and we really didn’t expect anyone to be...

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2014 Recaps: The Pirates Have Finally Found Their Shortstop in Jordy Mercer
Oct15

2014 Recaps: The Pirates Have Finally Found Their Shortstop in Jordy Mercer

The Pittsburgh Pirates may finally have a shortstop for the foreseeable future. The team hasn’t had a solid shortstop since they traded away Jack Wilson in 2009, with Wilson nearing the end of his career. They went with Ronny Cedeno, then defensive specialist Clint Barmes, before giving Jordy Mercer a shot in 2013. Mercer did well in his time at the position last year, but not good enough to look like more than a stopgap option...

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