First Pitch: Additional Proof that Andrew McCutchen is Awesome
Feb18

First Pitch: Additional Proof that Andrew McCutchen is Awesome

Most of what I write on the site involves analysis. That’s usually prospect analysis, focusing on what a player could become, or player analysis in the majors, trying to focus on the value of a player and what that player might be able to do to get more value. Because of this approach, it’s hard coming up with ideas to write about Andrew McCutchen. It’s not really hard to come up with ideas. It’s just that...

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Some #ElectricStuff From Charlie Morton to Charge Your Day (Video)
Feb17
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Neal Huntington Talks About the Upcoming Outfield Shifts
Feb17

Neal Huntington Talks About the Upcoming Outfield Shifts

Over the weekend I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Pirates are planning on utilizing more outfield shifts in 2014, much in the same way that they went to the extreme with infield shifts during the 2013 season. One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about outfield shifts are the shifts that the Pirates employed a few years ago. They would position the left fielder close to center field, cutting off the Notch. I spoke...

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Stolmy Pimentel Looks Like a Favorite For the Opening Day Roster
Feb17

Stolmy Pimentel Looks Like a Favorite For the Opening Day Roster

As someone who reads Sox Prospects (I partially modeled this site after theirs), I was familiar with Stolmy Pimentel before he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Joel Hanrahan trade last off-season. He was on the prospect radar early, and was one of the top pitching prospects in the Red Sox system for a few years. Then he struggled during the 2012 season, which helped to make him available for the Pirates to acquire last...

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First Pitch: Pirates Starting Entrance Interviews This Week, But What Are They?
Feb17

First Pitch: Pirates Starting Entrance Interviews This Week, But What Are They?

Each year during Spring Training there is a player that exceeds expectations, yet doesn’t win a roster spot. Perhaps it’s a top prospect who gets a shot, looks good in a few appearances, then is sent down to the minors. It could be a non-roster invitee who plays well, but has no chance of beating out the projected starter, even if that starter isn’t having a good Spring. There are often complaints and theories about...

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First Look at Pirates’ Taiwanese Left-Hander Yao-Hsun Yang (Video)
Feb16

First Look at Pirates’ Taiwanese Left-Hander Yao-Hsun Yang (Video)

Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates signed left-handed pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang (pronounced Young) to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. I talked with Yang through a translator yesterday afternoon to learn a bit more about his pitches and his decision to come to the US. “I had been playing in Japan for several years, and right now I want to go for a higher level, so I came here,” Yang said. He had suffered...

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