First Pitch: Why the Pirates Should Wait For Super Two With Gregory Polanco
Apr12

First Pitch: Why the Pirates Should Wait For Super Two With Gregory Polanco

The Super Two subject is never popular with top prospects. It’s a smart practice to keep a player down for just two months, all to avoid an extra year of arbitration. If the player projects to be a star, then that extra two months could be worth $10-15 M over the long run. Nothing that a top prospect could do in his rookie season would be worth $10-15 M in the long run for two months in the short-term. Putting that in...

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Prospect Watch: Two More Hits For Polanco, Kingham With Another Good Start
Apr11

Prospect Watch: Two More Hits For Polanco, Kingham With Another Good Start

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 (Tony Sanchez #11, 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...

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Andrew McCutchen Leaves Game With Discomfort in His Left Ankle
Apr11

Andrew McCutchen Leaves Game With Discomfort in His Left Ankle

Andrew McCutchen left tonight’s Pittsburgh Pirates game in the eighth inning due to left ankle discomfort, the team announced. McCutchen ended the top of the eighth inning by lining out to third base, then walked off the field and was replaced defensively in the bottom of the eighth inning. No word yet on the situation. We’ll update if more information becomes available.

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Super Two and the Impact on Gerrit Cole and Gregory Polanco
Apr11

Super Two and the Impact on Gerrit Cole and Gregory Polanco

MLBTR released the projected Super Two cutoff following the 2014 season. Super Two status is awarded to players with more than two, but less than three years of service time. Only the players with the top 22% of service time in that group are Super Two eligible. Any player who is Super Two eligible gets their third league minimum year replaced with an extra year of arbitration. This gives a Super Two player two years of league minimum...

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Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Speed, Andrew Lambo, Chris Dickerson
Apr11

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Speed, Andrew Lambo, Chris Dickerson

Here are some highlights from the last few days in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, including two videos of top prospect Gregory Polanco. There’s always time for Gregory Polanco highlights, especially a highlight of him showing off his speed by stealing second base, and taking third on a wild throw by the catcher. Here’s another video of Polanco picking up a single up the middle. The Indians won in walk off fashion last...

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Jeff Locke Activated From the DL, Optioned to Triple-A
Apr11

Jeff Locke Activated From the DL, Optioned to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Jeff Locke from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned him to Indianapolis. Locke made his final rehab start on Wednesday night, striking out ten batters in six innings in Bradenton. I wrote about how Locke looked during that start. Yesterday I asked whether Locke had a spot in the Pirates’ rotation. At the moment there isn’t a spot open for him, which is why this move isn’t...

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