First Pitch: Changing My View on Neil Walker
Jan14

First Pitch: Changing My View on Neil Walker

Over the weekend I was talking with John Dreker, who brought up an interesting question. He asked me whether the 2012 season for Neil Walker would be considered “lucky”, or if the 2013 season would be considered “unlucky”. To answer the question, I started digging into the numbers between the two seasons. By the end of the analysis, I had a higher opinion of Neil Walker’s skills than before the question....

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Pirates Announce 2014 Minor League Managers and Coaches
Jan13

Pirates Announce 2014 Minor League Managers and Coaches

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2014 minor league managers and coaches today. Here is the breakdown. The Managers Indianapolis: Dean Treanor will return for his fourth season in Indianapolis. Altoona: Carlos Garcia will return to Altoona for his second season. He was promoted to the level in 2013 after spending the 2012 season in Bradenton. Bradenton: Tom Prince will manage in Bradenton. He spent the 2013 season as the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #15 – Joely Rodriguez
Jan13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #15 – Joely Rodriguez

The Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2014 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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Small Market Teams in Baseball: A League of Takers?
Jan13

Small Market Teams in Baseball: A League of Takers?

One thing I’ve done differently this off-season is to shut it down most weekends and take a few days off. After Thursday night’s First Pitch is done, I know I can go out with my friends that night and the rest of the weekend, along with catching up on all of the TV I missed throughout the week. I’m hoping this will avoid burnout in September, which seems to happen each year. If anything, it does mean that I get to...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #16 – Blake Taylor
Jan10

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #16 – Blake Taylor

The Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2014 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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First Pitch: Who Can Be Invited to Spring Training?
Jan10

First Pitch: Who Can Be Invited to Spring Training?

Earlier today I was asked a question on Twitter about Spring Training. The first part of the question could have been answered easily on Twitter. The second part required more explaining, and would have made a good article. I decided to go with both questions for tonight’s article as a change of pace. For one, article topics are hard to come by this time of year. Also, I’m going tonight with some friends to try a deep...

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