First Pitch: Why You Never Really Give Up On Prospects
Sep06

First Pitch: Why You Never Really Give Up On Prospects

There are a lot of stories in the minor leagues that are pretty standard. You’ll have guys like Gerrit Cole who are drafted as top prospects, perform well in their minor league careers, and go on to become big leaguers, as expected. There will be some surprise breakout prospects like Gregory Polanco and Tyler Glasnow, where the individual performances are a bit of a surprise, but the overall strategy of “find enough...

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First Pitch: The Lack of Moves Isn’t the Big Problem It’s Made Out to Be
Sep05

First Pitch: The Lack of Moves Isn’t the Big Problem It’s Made Out to Be

The Pittsburgh Pirates did nothing to upgrade their team this year. That’s the reason they’re not currently in line for the playoffs, and why they might not make the playoffs. Or at least that’s what I’ve been hearing. I heard it during the off-season, when it was said that they weren’t going to be contenders this year because they didn’t make any additions to the team. It was repeated constantly...

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First Pitch: Did the Pirates Just Lose the Playoffs?
Sep04

First Pitch: Did the Pirates Just Lose the Playoffs?

It was only two weeks ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates were sitting seven games out of first place in the NL Central, fresh off a seven game losing streak. The streak came against contenders like the Detroit Tigers, the Washington Nationals, and the Atlanta Braves. It looked like their chances of winning the division were gone. Then they bounced back by going 7-2 in their next nine games, pulling to within two games of first place. And...

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First Pitch: Beyond the Numbers – A Key Focus For Tyler Glasnow’s Development
Sep03

First Pitch: Beyond the Numbers – A Key Focus For Tyler Glasnow’s Development

Tyler Glasnow has put up some amazing numbers this season. He had a 1.74 ERA in 124.1 innings for the Bradenton Marauders, with a 157:57 K/BB ratio. Since the start of June, he’s put up a 1.47 ERA in 91.2 innings, with a 120:35 K/BB ratio. From a statistical standpoint, there was no reason to keep him in Bradenton during the month of August. Yet the opportunity to make a playoff start in Bradenton, as opposed to playing...

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First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates’ Farm System in 2014
Sep02

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates’ Farm System in 2014

The 2014 minor league regular season wrapped up today. The only thing left in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system is in High-A, where the Bradenton Marauders will start their playoff series on Tuesday night. A minor league season is guaranteed to bring success stories, where players break out, or continue a positive development while moving up in the system. You’re also going to see players who take a step back, get injured, or...

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First Pitch: Who Will Be Eligible For the Pirates’ Playoff Roster?
Sep01

First Pitch: Who Will Be Eligible For the Pirates’ Playoff Roster?

For the second straight year, the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in good position to make the playoffs heading into September, which means we need clarification on how playoff rosters are determined. Today was the final day to shape those rosters, whether that’s by adding outside help, or just adding players to a roster to make them eligible. To get a better understanding of how playoff rosters work, let’s review all...

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