First Pitch: Tony Sanchez and All of the Question Marks For the First Base Position
Aug23

First Pitch: Tony Sanchez and All of the Question Marks For the First Base Position

Tonight, Tony Sanchez played his first game at first base in Indianapolis. Ryan Palencer wrote about the details behind the move. I don’t want to read too much into the move, since the main reason is probably to get Elias Diaz some time behind the plate in Triple-A. The fact that Sanchez is playing first base is interesting for a few reasons. 1. There is a designated hitter spot. He can stay in the lineup without the need for a...

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First Pitch: How Has the Move to Second Base Impacted Alen Hanson’s Prospect Status?
Aug22

First Pitch: How Has the Move to Second Base Impacted Alen Hanson’s Prospect Status?

The biggest theme surrounding the Pirates’ farm system this year has been injuries. Look through the top 20 prospects, and almost everyone has spent time on the disabled list this year. Most of the injuries aren’t long-term concerns. Most of the players who have been injured have performed well when healthy, while either maintaining their prospect status, or showing improvements. So it’s a bit ironic that one of the...

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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Move Pitchers Through the Minors Faster?
Aug21

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Move Pitchers Through the Minors Faster?

I had an interesting question in the comments the other day from jalcorn427. I started to respond, then thought about the topic some more, and decided to expand on it with an article. The comment can be seen in its original form here, and the text of the comment is blow, with my thoughts to follow. Tim, could you comment on the value of slow tracking elite SP prospects? In another organization (Toronto, Miami, etc) [Glasnow] would...

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First Pitch: The Start of a Collapse, or the End of Some Bad Luck?
Aug20

First Pitch: The Start of a Collapse, or the End of Some Bad Luck?

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their seventh game in a row tonight. Call off the rest of the season. The collapse is starting. And all of the other things that are said any time the Pirates go in a slump. Of course we could also look at how the Milwaukee Brewers lost seven in a row in early July. One month later, the Brewers find themselves in first place in the NL Central, sitting 2.5 games ahead of the Cardinals, and currently riding a...

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First Pitch: Should Pedro Alvarez Be Starting Over Ike Davis at First Base?
Aug19

First Pitch: Should Pedro Alvarez Be Starting Over Ike Davis at First Base?

Pedro Alvarez has been making the transition to first base in the last few weeks, after a season full of throwing problems at the third base position. Alvarez made his debut tonight at first, batting fifth against right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana. The move puts Ike Davis on the bench, with Davis previously representing the left-handed half of the first base platoon. The first base platoon hasn’t been the most productive pair...

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First Pitch: Is Tyler Glasnow the Top Prospect in the Pirates’ System?
Aug18

First Pitch: Is Tyler Glasnow the Top Prospect in the Pirates’ System?

We rank prospects on this site twice a year. The biggest set of rankings comes in the off-season, which we release in the annual Prospect Guide. We also release a mid-season update. The mid-season version is usually pretty close to the pre-season rankings, since there usually aren’t too many changes to a player’s prospect status over two months. The key to the mid-season update is to see where the new draft picks fall in,...

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