Baseball Prospectus Releases Their Top Ten Pirates Prospects
Feb05

Baseball Prospectus Releases Their Top Ten Pirates Prospects

Baseball Prospectus has released their top ten Pirates Prospects today, which is available here for subscribers. The names on the top ten list are the same as everywhere else, although the rankings are much different. Most outlets have Gregory Polanco as the top prospect, but BP went with Jameson Taillon first and Polanco second. Tyler Glasnow rated third, which is a pretty standard rating for him. From there, BP did things a little...

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First Pitch: This is Where the Pirates Need to Spend Money
Feb05

First Pitch: This is Where the Pirates Need to Spend Money

A few years ago, we asked Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly if the team could eventually afford a $70-80 M payroll. He answered that the team could afford that payroll after attendance increased. That led to a series of expectations. 1. The Pirates would eventually become competitive. 2. The attendance would increase due to the Pirates winning. 3. The payroll would go up. Number three on that list has always been the focus...

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Prospect Links: Gregory Polanco, Austin Meadows, ZiPS
Feb04

Prospect Links: Gregory Polanco, Austin Meadows, ZiPS

There has been a lot of prospect discussion today on Twitter involving the Pittsburgh Pirates and their prospects. Most of this is a result of the top 100 lists that were released last week. Here are some of the highlights. **First, over at U Gotta Believe, Imokemp posts a series of GIFs with highlights of Gregory Polanco’s speed and hitting. There are several GIFs where Polanco beats out infield hits using bunts, and also one...

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Taillon and Glasnow Named Among the Top Pitching Prospect Duos
Feb04

Taillon and Glasnow Named Among the Top Pitching Prospect Duos

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have released their top pitching prospect duos in the minor leagues. Callis had Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow third overall on his list, while Mayo had that combo first overall. The best part about these rankings is that they don’t include Gerrit Cole, who lost prospect eligibility last year. Callis has the Rockies (Jon Gray and Eddie Butler) and the Orioles (Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman) ahead...

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First Pitch: Great Moments in Buying a Contender
Feb04

First Pitch: Great Moments in Buying a Contender

One of the things I dislike most about the off-season is how simple the analysis can be. Usually it all boils down to good ratings for the teams that spent money and added names, and poor ratings for teams who didn’t make a move or made low key additions. The analysis only views the off-season in a vacuum, and doesn’t consider the roster leading up to the off-season, the internal improvements on the team, or how the new...

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Pirates Add Five Minor League Players
Feb01

Pirates Add Five Minor League Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed five minor league players according to Baseball America. We already heard about two of them, with the signing of catcher Mitch Slauter last week and shortstop Blake Davis was announced this week. The new additions are RHP Jenn-Lei Liao, LHP Matt Ford and catcher Mike Spano. Starting with Spano, the Pirates added an extra affiliate this year and along with that means more pitchers and the need for...

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