First Pitch: How Much Did the Pirates’ Payroll Increase in 2014?
Sep07

First Pitch: How Much Did the Pirates’ Payroll Increase in 2014?

Today I updated the 2014 40-man roster and payroll page, adding all of the moves from the September call-ups. Typically, these are the final moves that need to be added to get a payroll estimate for the year. There’s a chance that the Pirates could call up more players, or acquire help for the stretch in September via a waiver claim, but that wouldn’t lead to a massive increase. When it comes to a payroll range for the...

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Morning Report: Best OPS Doesn’t Always Equal Best Prospect
Sep06

Morning Report: Best OPS Doesn’t Always Equal Best Prospect

When judging the prospect status of a player in the lower levels, OPS is one of the main tools you use, but a high OPS doesn’t always mean a player is a legit prospect and the Pirates had three examples of that this year in the GCL and with Bristol and Jamestown. The leaders in OPS in the lower levels for the Pirates were Henrry Rosario, Danny Arribas and Kevin Krause, not exactly the names that stick out in your mind when you...

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First Pitch: Why You Never Really Give Up On Prospects
Sep06

First Pitch: Why You Never Really Give Up On Prospects

There are a lot of stories in the minor leagues that are pretty standard. You’ll have guys like Gerrit Cole who are drafted as top prospects, perform well in their minor league careers, and go on to become big leaguers, as expected. There will be some surprise breakout prospects like Gregory Polanco and Tyler Glasnow, where the individual performances are a bit of a surprise, but the overall strategy of “find enough...

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Links: The Amazing John Holdzkom Story, and a Guide to Scouting
Sep05

Links: The Amazing John Holdzkom Story, and a Guide to Scouting

The Pittsburgh Pirates are about to take on the Chicago Cubs this afternoon, opening a series where they hope to turn things around and capitalize on the recent slide by Milwaukee and the .500 play by Atlanta. While you wait for the opening game of the series, here are some interesting links to check out. **J.J. Cooper wrote an amazing article at Baseball America about how John Holdzkom went from indy ball to the big leagues. Cooper...

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Pirates Still in Playoff Picture, Thanks to Horrible Second NL Wild Card Race
Sep05

Pirates Still in Playoff Picture, Thanks to Horrible Second NL Wild Card Race

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost a huge series this week, getting swept by the St. Louis Cardinals. As a result, they dropped in the projected standings, and are currently last in the projected contenders list below. The good news is that Milwaukee is riding a nine game losing streak, and the Braves have been playing .500 ball for quite some time. So while the Pirates were hurt by this last week, they certainly aren’t out of the...

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Austin Meadows Was Impressive in His Short Time With West Virginia
Sep05

Austin Meadows Was Impressive in His Short Time With West Virginia

Austin Meadows progressed well in the short time he has had in Low-A West Virginia. A week before Spring Training, Meadows hurt his hamstring while working on his base running. Coupled with a setback to the injury in May, this injury caused Meadows to miss the first three months of the season. With the influx of outfield talent in the Pirates system, the organization took the opportunity to be patient with Meadows, and allow his...

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