Pirates Acquire Chris McGuiness For Miles Mikolas
Dec30

Pirates Acquire Chris McGuiness For Miles Mikolas

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired first baseman Chris McGuiness from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Miles Mikolas, per a team press release. The Pirates added Mikolas earlier in the off-season, along with Jaff Decker, in exchange for Alex Dickerson. Mikolas had been designated for assignment by the Padres prior to the trade. McGuiness was recently DFAd by the Rangers. McGuiness only has 34 plate appearances in the majors, with a...

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Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early
Dec29

Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early

In the Dominican from Saturday night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco played their second straight game in the outfield together. Their Escogido team won 6-1 in their second playoff game, moving to 1-1 after losing the opener. Polanco went 1-for-2 with a single, run scored and hit-by-pitch, which came in his first plate appearance. The pitch was a 99 MPH fastball from 22-year-old St Louis Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez and hit...

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Mets Still Aiming High In Talks For Ike Davis
Dec27

Mets Still Aiming High In Talks For Ike Davis

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the New York Mets are still discussing Ike Davis with the Pirates, Brewers, and Orioles. Mets have unsuccessfully tried to get pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez from Orioles for Ike Davis. Still talking to Brewers, Orioles, Pirates. — Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) December 27, 2013 The Mets have tried to get Eduardo Rodriguez from Baltimore, according to Puma, although Baltimore refused to deal...

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First Pitch: Comparing the Pirates’ 2014 Starting Pitching Depth to 2013
Dec27

First Pitch: Comparing the Pirates’ 2014 Starting Pitching Depth to 2013

Back in February I took a look at the starting pitching depth heading into the 2013 season. Throughout the off-season, I didn’t have concerns about the rotation, even though a lot of people were viewing the starters as a big question mark. I’d chalk that up to the age of Super Rotations. With big market teams possessing multiple aces, and number two starters pitching in the number four spot, it gives the belief that a team...

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Prospect Rewind: How Gregory Polanco Became the Pirates’ Top Prospect
Dec26

Prospect Rewind: How Gregory Polanco Became the Pirates’ Top Prospect

Last week the 2014 Prospect Guide was released. Many of you received your books early this week, or you purchased the eBook in the last two days. In either case, you would know by now that Gregory Polanco is our top ranked prospect in the Pirates’ system heading into the 2014 season. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you can purchase the book here. The next shipment of paperback books is expected to arrive at the end...

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The 2014 Prospect Guide is Now Available as an eBook
Dec24

The 2014 Prospect Guide is Now Available as an eBook

The 2014 Prospect Guide was released last week in paperback form. For the fourth year in a row, we are also providing the book in eBook form. The eBook was released today, and can be purchased through our publisher. The eBook is priced at $21, which is the same as the regular book. In most cases, eBooks are cheaper than the regular books. Our publisher is always offering discounts, which means the eBook can always be purchased at a...

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