Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Outfield
Feb11

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Outfield

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training this Thursday. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming on Thursday. We already previewed the infield yesterday. Today we will take a look at the outfield. The Pirates have two of the three outfield spots set for the short and long-term. They should fill the final spot by mid-season when...

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The Cost of a Draft Pick is Probably Greater Than You Think
Feb11

The Cost of a Draft Pick is Probably Greater Than You Think

Dan Szymborski, the creator of ZiPS, took a look at the cost of the qualifying offer to free agents like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew. Szymborski looked at the values of draft picks based on his studies on the topic in the past, and came up with the numbers that losing a first round pick to sign a player would be the equivalent of losing about $23 M in future value. What this means for guys like Morales and Drew is that declining...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: College Pitchers
Feb11

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: College Pitchers

Yesterday, we had part one of our draft preview, highlighting some of the best college hitters in the 2014 amateur draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the 25th pick overall in the draft, which looks to be top-heavy with college pitching. Out of Baseball America’s top 15 draft eligible college players, ten of them are pitchers, plus third baseman Matt Chapman from Cal State Fullerton has potential on the mound if the batting...

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First Pitch: Pirates Are in a Great Bargaining Position For First Base
Feb11

First Pitch: Pirates Are in a Great Bargaining Position For First Base

Earlier today, Jeff Sullivan wrote an article on FanGraphs about the Pittsburgh Pirates and what is really available for them at first base. Sullivan noted that the Pirates have their choice of trade options (like Mitch Moreland, Justin Smoak, or Ike Davis), a free agent like Kendrys Morales, or staying internal with Andrew Lambo. Sullivan noted that the external options really aren’t that good, and that Lambo is interesting...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Infield
Feb10

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Infield

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training this Thursday. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming on Thursday. The first group to be previewed will be the infield. Most of the other groups come with near guarantees for the roster spots. The infield is pretty much set, although the first base position is still up in the air. The Pirates...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: College Hitters
Feb10

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: College Hitters

The college baseball season starts this upcoming weekend for many teams and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in a strange position this draft. They aren’t picking near the middle or top like usual, they don’t have a selection until 25th overall. Last year and most years, we are able to focus in on a small group of players and get a general idea of who they might pick. This season, we will have a large group of players to cover,...

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