First Pitch: An Important Part of Every Team That Rarely Gets Discussed
Feb14

First Pitch: An Important Part of Every Team That Rarely Gets Discussed

Spring Training kicked off today, which means that all of the focus will be on one thing: the Opening Day 25-man roster. This always gets a huge focus at the start of the year, and probably much more of a focus than it should. The baseball season is six months long, and the Opening Day roster is usually intact for about two weeks, at-most, before changes occur. Injuries happen. Players don’t perform as expected. Certain players...

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“We’re always going to rely heavily upon developing our own talent”
Feb13

“We’re always going to rely heavily upon developing our own talent”

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle met with the media this afternoon, following the first day of Spring Training workouts. Hurdle was asked about some of the prospects in the system who could make the majors this season. “We’ve got some much heralded young players coming up,” Hurdle said. “Guys like Taillon. Guys like Sadler, Thornton, Polanco, Hanson. Tony Sanchez is still right there, involved in that...

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Pirates Sign Yao-Hsun Yang; Invite Him to Spring Training
Feb13

Pirates Sign Yao-Hsun Yang; Invite Him to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with 31-year-old left-handed pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang from Taiwan.  The Pirates were one of at least five teams that attended a tryout for the veteran lefty in January. It is a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Yang is currently in camp at Pirate City, according to Tim Williams, although the deal has not yet been announced by the team. Yang competed in the World Baseball...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen
Feb13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have their first Spring Training workouts today. To get ready for Spring Training, we have been previewing one set of positions each day this week, and today we take a look at the final group. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield The Rotation Today we take a look at the bullpen. Generally the bullpen is one of few areas where spots are up in the air for non-roster invitees and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: Prep Pitchers
Feb13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: Prep Pitchers

Part four of the Pittsburgh Pirates draft preview is the high school pitchers. The links for the first three parts of the preview are below. There seems to be a lot of pitchers with first round potential this year, both college and prep, but right now there only seems to be one high school pitcher who looks like a sure thing to be off the board before the Pirates pick. That gives Pirates fans a nice group of young arms to watch this...

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First Pitch: Should We Change the Way We Value Pitchers?
Feb13

First Pitch: Should We Change the Way We Value Pitchers?

This afternoon, A.J. Burnett signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. If you’re looking for my reaction to the deal, you’re not going to find it here. I’ve spent plenty of time discussing my thoughts on Burnett. To sum it all up once again, I think the Pirates rotation looks good, and I don’t think Burnett was necessary to have a contending team. If you’re looking for more detail, there are...

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