First Pitch: What if the Pirates Keep Everyone This Off-Season?
Oct23

First Pitch: What if the Pirates Keep Everyone This Off-Season?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have an interesting off-season. In the last two weeks I have been recapping all of the individual positions, noting what happened during the 2014 season and looking ahead to future years. Aside from the Russell Martin situation, and all of the decisions to be made on pitching, the Pirates have a lot of decisions to make that could go a lot of different ways. Here is a rundown of each situation....

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AFL: Thomas Harlan Struggles With Control in One-Sided Loss
Oct22

AFL: Thomas Harlan Struggles With Control in One-Sided Loss

On Wednesday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Thomas Harlan took the mound, with Josh Bell and Dan Gamache both in the lineup for Scottsdale. The Scorpions went down 6-0 early, as Harlan struggled and they ended up losing 9-3 to drop them to 7-7 on the season. Harlan allowed a single to the lead-off batter. After a fly out to center field, he gave up a stolen base, followed by an RBI single. Harlan got the clean-up hitter to fly...

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2014 Recaps: Is Josh Harrison the Future at Third Base For the Pirates?
Oct22

2014 Recaps: Is Josh Harrison the Future at Third Base For the Pirates?

For the past few years, the third base recap has been a countdown to nothing. More specifically, it has been a countdown to when Pedro Alvarez would leave the Pittsburgh Pirates, at which point the Pirates had no internal replacements. After the 2014 season, the Pirates are now in a situation where they not only have a replacement at third base for Alvarez, but also could deal Alvarez two years before he’s eligible for free...

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Pre-Order the 2015 Prospect Guide
Oct21

Pre-Order the 2015 Prospect Guide

The 2015 Prospect Guide is now available for pre-sales, and will be released in mid-December. This is the fifth year that we’ve published the Prospect Guide, and during that five-year span, the book has undergone some changes. The core focus of the book is still the same — to provide profiles and reports on every prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system. This year’s book will feature reports from...

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2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base
Oct21

2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been relying on a platoon at first base, trying to get All-Star production for a fraction of the price. Each year the platoon has struggled due to one player in the duo playing below his career average platoon splits. This year, everyone in the platoon struggled. The Pirates started the season with Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez. Ishikawa won the job out of Spring Training, after...

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The Early Look at the 2015 Draft Class Has Plenty of Pitching Near the Top
Oct21

The Early Look at the 2015 Draft Class Has Plenty of Pitching Near the Top

Not only did Baseball America release the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 draft report card yesterday, they also gave a first look at the top 50 for the 2015 draft. Admittedly, that list will change 100 times before the draft starts and with compensation picks and teams losing picks for signing free agents, the draft order will change almost as much. This list is just to give you a rough outline of what could be available to the Pirates when...

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