First Pitch: Edinson Volquez Currently Listed as the Starter in the Wild Card Game
Sep29

First Pitch: Edinson Volquez Currently Listed as the Starter in the Wild Card Game

When I first started this site, I was 26 years old. The first year I ran the site, I was driving 45 minutes back and forth from Lynchburg every night. The second year on the site, I finished the season with a driving tour that took me from Charlottesville, VA to Richmond, Bowie, State College, Williamsport, Altoona, West Virginia, and back to Charlottesville, all in the span of two weeks. I don’t consider my current age of 31 to...

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Improved Fastball Command Propels Buddy Borden in 2014
Sep28

Improved Fastball Command Propels Buddy Borden in 2014

Right-handed pitcher Buddy Borden turned in one of the best pitching performances in the Pirates minor league system this season. In his first full season in Low-A West Virginia, the 22-year-old finished with a 3.16 ERA in 128 innings pitched, to go along with a 122/48 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Pirates selected Borden in the 7th round of the 2013 draft out of UNLV. At 6’ 3’’ 210 pounds, he has a hard fastball with good movement,...

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2014 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep28

2014 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Coming into the season, the GCL Pirates looked like a very interesting roster, with a lot of the best picks from the 2014 draft, along with several interesting players making the jump from the DSL. Not every player worked out, but the GCL roster lived up to the hype. The result at the end of the year as one of the strongest prospect groups of any team in the system. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed...

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Morning Report: West Virginia Could Go From First to Worst
Sep28

Morning Report: West Virginia Could Go From First to Worst

In Friday’s Morning Report, I commented on the West Virginia Power’s top ten list and how they were the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate with the best group of prospects this year. On Saturday, we posted the season recap’s for Bristol and for Jamestown. Neither of those top ten lists has much top-end talent. In fact, you could combine those two teams and the top ten list would still be the worst in the system. What that...

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First Pitch: Did the New Team in Bristol Benefit the Pirates System?
Sep28

First Pitch: Did the New Team in Bristol Benefit the Pirates System?

Today I wrote up the 2014 Jamestown Jammers and Bristol Pirates season recaps, which you can check out by clicking on each of those team names. From a talent perspective, these two teams were clearly the weakest in the system. Some of that might have been due to the changes the Pirates made, adding an extra short-season team in Bristol this year. There are multiple reasons a team adds a new affiliate like Bristol. For one, this could...

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The NL Central Comes Down to Game 162; Who Should Start a Tiebreaker Game?
Sep28

The NL Central Comes Down to Game 162; Who Should Start a Tiebreaker Game?

This has been a crazy season. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a horrible month of April, went back and forth all summer between being borderline contenders and borderline out of the race, lost a lot of key players for various stretches, had a horrible record against everyone in their division except the Cubs, and now we enter the final day of the season and they still have a shot at winning the division. The Pirates and Cardinals both lost...

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