The Debate: Should Jameson Taillon Be a September Callup?
Aug07

The Debate: Should Jameson Taillon Be a September Callup?

Jameson Taillon has only made one start at the Triple-A level. That start was rough at first, with three earned runs in the first inning before Taillon settled down. He has time to make about five more starts before the end of the Triple-A regular season. Therefore, it’s probably too early to talk about him making the jump to the majors. But that discussion started long before this article. Back in 2008 the Rays were the biggest...

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Why the 2015 Pirates Could Be a 100-Win Team
Aug07

Why the 2015 Pirates Could Be a 100-Win Team

This is your chance. Neal Huntington heard it from multiple teams leading up to the 2013 Trade Deadline. More than one competing front office told the Pirates general manager to “act properly,” as this was his chance to end 20 years of losing. “Reminding us how important it was to the city for us to win and how long it had been,” Huntington said. “We understand it. You know it’s part of the...

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Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion
Aug05

Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion

This is not a jinx. On this day last year, the Pirates’ playoff odds were hovering around 50 percent. Their chances to make the postseason this year are above 98 percent. Starting to think about what the 25-man playoff roster will look like is not counting chickens before they hatch. These are the same conversations the Bucs’ front office people are having. Two points of order: the Wild Card Playoff acts as a separate...

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How Do August Waiver Trades Work?
Aug01

How Do August Waiver Trades Work?

Yesterday the trade deadline passed in a pretty uneventful fashion. To sum it all up, Bud Norris was the biggest name who was traded. That’s all you need to really know about the quality of the market on deadline day. But the big misconception with the trade deadline is that people think it’s the last chance to make a deal. In fact, teams can make deals beyond the deadline, as we saw last night with the addition of Robert...

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Pirates GM Neal Huntington Talks Deadline: 13 Most Important Points
Jul31

Pirates GM Neal Huntington Talks Deadline: 13 Most Important Points

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said he was “willing to do something stupid” at the MLB Trade Deadline, but not “insane.” The prevailing sentiment from his post-deadline press conference Wednesday was that he made many offers for trades big and small, but the asking price of prospects ended up being too high. So Huntington and the Bucs held steady. “There’s no question we forced the...

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Please Welcome New Beat Writer Nate Barnes to the Pirates Prospects Staff
Jul25

Please Welcome New Beat Writer Nate Barnes to the Pirates Prospects Staff

Two weeks ago I posted a few jobs on the site, with one of those jobs being a part-time beat writer. The job postings generated a huge response, with over 75 applicants in a three day span. I will still be working on filling the minor league coverage positions, but today I wanted to announce the new Pirates Prospects beat writer. Nate Barnes (no relation to Barrett Barnes) will be joining the site, sharing the beat writer duties with...

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