First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Got Some Good Pitching in April
Apr30

First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Got Some Good Pitching in April

Back in spring training, I pointed out how the Pittsburgh Pirates had legit pitching prospects for every spot in their full season minor league rotations. By “legit pitching prospects”, I mean guys who have some sort of shot of reaching the majors — whether that’s as a starter, reliever, or just a depth option. Since the spring, a lot has changed. Clay Holmes and Jameson Taillon had Tommy John surgery. Luis...

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Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits First Home Run, Nick Kingham Struggles
Apr29

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits First Home Run, Nick Kingham Struggles

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Updated MLB.com Draft Prospect Rankings
Apr29

Updated MLB.com Draft Prospect Rankings

The new updated rankings for the top 100 prospects in this draft class were released by MLB.com today. Jim Callis also released an article about some of the top names in the draft class. MLB.com ranked Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie 24th overall, which is where the Pittsburgh Pirates make their first round selection. Luckily this morning, we posted highlight videos of some likely targets for the Pirates and Gillaspie was...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Neil Walker
Apr29

Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Neil Walker

Regression is a funny word. It has developed a negative connotation, probably because it is most often used to describe players who are over-performing their advanced metrics, and who are expected to regress down to their expected performance levels. But regression can work both ways. It can be the usual decline in numbers, but it can also talk about a potential improvement in numbers. Last year we spent a lot of time talking about...

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The sinker is working early for Casey Sadler
Apr29

The sinker is working early for Casey Sadler

Though Casey Sadler admitted that he was trying to “refine the craft and get better as the year goes on,” getting better may be a tough one for the sinker ball throwing right-hander. In four starts, Sadler has a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings in Triple-A. In his last outing, Sadler was just dominant, allowing just four hits in seven shutout innings. He walked two and struck out six. The strikeout totals in his last Indianapolis start is what...

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First Pitch: Why Don’t Teams Tell the Truth About Super Two?
Apr29

First Pitch: Why Don’t Teams Tell the Truth About Super Two?

The decision of when to promote Gregory Polanco has been a hot button issue lately, especially with the Pittsburgh Pirates struggling to score runs on a consistent basis in the majors. Neal Huntington spoke to Rob Biertempfel of the Trib about when Polanco might be up, noting that Super Two “is not a driving factor”. He also added the following. “He’s continuing to refine some of the intricacies of his game,” Huntington...

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