Baseball America Places Three Pirates in International League Top 20
Oct15

Baseball America Places Three Pirates in International League Top 20

Baseball America released the International League top 20 prospect list today and it includes three Pittsburgh Pirates players. Scouting reports are now up and can be viewed here. Just like yesterday, this list offers a surprise, though it was nothing like what we saw yesterday with the Eastern League. With the top 20 lists out for all seven affiliates in the U.S.(BA will put out a top 20 DSL/VSL combined list as well), the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues: Allie Extends Hit Streak, Big Night For Dean Anna
Oct15

Winter Leagues: Allie Extends Hit Streak, Big Night For Dean Anna

Due to a light schedule each day, the Pirates highlights from Monday and Tuesday in winter ball are both recapped below. On Friday, the Dominican Winter League begins play, so the winter league articles should be daily once that league starts up. Starting off first with Monday’s action in Mexico, Stetson Allie had two singles in four at-bats during his team’s 3-0 win. More on him below. Two other Pirates players came out...

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First Pitch: Despite a Career Year, the Pirates Still Shouldn’t Extend Neil Walker
Oct15

First Pitch: Despite a Career Year, the Pirates Still Shouldn’t Extend Neil Walker

The topic of extending Neil Walker gets brought up every off-season. It’s always a subject that causes a huge divide. To some, Walker is seen as a key member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and an irreplaceable part of the core of this team. Some of this evaluation might have to do with the fact that Walker is from Pittsburgh. To others, Walker is a good player, but not a great player. He’s not a guy like Andrew McCutchen,...

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AFL: Joely Rodriguez Pitches Well, Two More Hits For Josh Bell
Oct14

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Pitches Well, Two More Hits For Josh Bell

Scottsdale had an early start on Tuesday in Mesa and Joely Rodriguez was on the mound for his second start. Dan Gamache and Josh Bell were both in the lineup for the Scorpions. Scottsdale defeated Mesa 10-7 to move to 5-2 on the season. Joely Rodriguez went 2.1 innings and gave up one run on four hits and a walk in his season debut. On Tuesday, he got a ground out to start the game, then gave up an infield single, with the runner...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Second Base Recap: Examining Neil Walker’s Career Year
Oct14

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Second Base Recap: Examining Neil Walker’s Career Year

Coming into the 2014 season, there were questions about which Neil Walker would show up. The second baseman had shown some positive trends the last few years, and if those trends continued, he could have been primed for a huge season offensively. That’s exactly what happened in 2014. Here is a quick look at those trends, and the 2014 results. ISO 2010 – .167 2011 – .134 2012 – .146 2013 – .167 2014...

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Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman – How This Could Impact Russell Martin
Oct14

Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman – How This Could Impact Russell Martin

The big news today is that the Los Angeles Dodgers have hired Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays. BREAKING: Andrew Friedman is leaving #Rays for #Dodgers. Matt Silverman will take over Rays baseball operations. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 14, 2014 Friedman is one of the best executives in the game, making the Rays a contender in almost every year since 2008, all while having one of the lowest payrolls in...

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