Morning Report: What to Expect From Players in Winter Ball
Sep08

Morning Report: What to Expect From Players in Winter Ball

On Sunday, we posted about the winter league roster from the Mexican Pacific League that has eight Pittsburgh Pirates players on it. On Pirates Prospects, we provide daily updates on the winter leagues in the Dominican, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Australia, or wherever there are Pirates players taking part in winter ball and we can find stats. The main players announced on Sunday were Stetson Allie and Luis Heredia....

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First Pitch: Are the Pirates Limited to the Second Wild Card Spot?
Sep08

First Pitch: Are the Pirates Limited to the Second Wild Card Spot?

The Pittsburgh Pirates won today, putting them half a game up for the second Wild Card spot. Earlier this week I wrote about how the Pirates aren’t out of the playoffs, although they’re probably confined to the second Wild Card spot, and not in a good position to make a long run. In the playoff odds series, I looked at how they were still in this, thanks to a weak second Wild Card race. They are now leading that race. So...

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Allie and Heredia Headline Mexican Winter League Roster Loaded With Pirates
Sep07

Allie and Heredia Headline Mexican Winter League Roster Loaded With Pirates

The Mazatlan Deer(Venados de Mazatlan) of the Mexican Pacific League released their 2014-15 winter league roster and it is loaded with Pittsburgh Pirates players, including two big prospects. First baseman Stetson Allie and RHP Luis Heredia headline the roster that has eight Pirates players and many players that were once in the Pirates system. Allie could share first base duties with another Pirates player, Carlos Munoz, who was...

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Josh Harrison Out of the Lineup Today After Being a Gametime Decision
Sep07

Josh Harrison Out of the Lineup Today After Being a Gametime Decision

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle listed Josh Harrison as a game time decision for today’s tilt with the Cubs. Harrison left yesterday’s suspended game with the Cubs after injuring his ankle. He didn’t play in the second game. Hurdle said he has a lineup with Harrison in it and one with him out. He said that Harrison’s pre-game response to the ankle will determine if he plays. While there is a delay with the lineup...

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Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 Draft Class
Sep07

Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 Draft Class

Last week, we looked at the progress of the top international prospects from 2012 and how they were doing in the system two years later. Now we take a look at the Pirates’ 2012 draft class and how those twenty signed players are doing in the system. That was the year the Pirates didn’t sign Mark Appel and also missed out on fourth round pick Brandon Thomas, so this class was immediately hurt by losing upside talent....

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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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