Pirates Extend Their Contract With West Virginia Through the 2018 Season
Sep09

Pirates Extend Their Contract With West Virginia Through the 2018 Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates have extended their Player Development Contract with the West Virginia Power through the 2018 season. The previous PDC was set to expire after this season, prior to the four-year extension. The Pirates first joined up with West Virginia in 2009, meaning the extension will carry them through their tenth year with the Power franchise. Neal Huntington spoke about the extension in a West Virginia press release. “We...

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Morning Report: What Sets Willy Garcia Apart From Other Prospects?
Sep09

Morning Report: What Sets Willy Garcia Apart From Other Prospects?

The focus of this article is finding a comparable player to Willy Garcia when it comes to his low walk rate and high strikeout totals. This season, Garcia had 24 walks and 145 strikeouts, which is a difference of 121, the biggest differential in the system. Last year, Garcia had a difference of 131 with 23 walks and 154 strikeouts. During these past two seasons, no one else in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system had a difference that...

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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Continue Going With Reclamation Starting Pitchers?
Sep09

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Continue Going With Reclamation Starting Pitchers?

This past off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates made what seemed like a risky decision to go with Edinson Volquez and pass up on A.J. Burnett. Despite the fact that they revived the careers of Burnett and Francisco Liriano the previous two seasons, Pirates fans didn’t trust them to turn Volquez around, and instead wanted the “guaranteed production” that Burnett would bring to the table, based on his track record. I am...

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Pirates Release 2015 Schedule
Sep08

Pirates Release 2015 Schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released their 2015 schedule, which can be seen below. The opening series will be in Cincinnati, followed by the home opener against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, April 13th. The Pirates will also host the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox, and the Cleveland Indians. They will visit Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, and Minnesota. From a playoff and division standpoint, they don’t play the Cardinals...

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Pirates Release Ernesto Frieri
Sep08

Pirates Release Ernesto Frieri

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right-handed pitcher Ernesto Frieri, according to Matt Eddy’s minor league transactions on Baseball America. Frieri was outrighted to Triple-A last month after struggling with the Pirates. If he would have declined his outright assignment, he would have given up the remainder of his $3.8 M salary. Now that the Pirates have released him, he is guaranteed that salary, which is no different than...

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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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