First Pitch: A Positive Trend For Luis Heredia, Buddy Borden, and Cody Dickson
Aug25

First Pitch: A Positive Trend For Luis Heredia, Buddy Borden, and Cody Dickson

Tonight, Buddy Borden had another good start with West Virginia, continuing an impressive run lately for the right-handed pitcher. Borden has been dominating since the start of July, looking like a pitcher with a lot of upside. The dominant results have quietly been hidden in a season that looks good, but not great. The same situation exists for Luis Heredia and Cody Dickson. Neither player has strong overall numbers this year....

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First Pitch: This Would Be the Perfect Time For a Pedro Alvarez Hot Streak
Aug24

First Pitch: This Would Be the Perfect Time For a Pedro Alvarez Hot Streak

On Friday, I looked at the drop the Pittsburgh Pirates saw in their playoff odds. A big reason for this drop was due to their 1-5 week, when everyone else in the NL Central or NL Wild Card race had big weeks. Fortunately, the Pirates are in a position where they control their own destiny. They are currently in a stretch of games that includes nine games against the Brewers and Cardinals in the span of a week and a half. If they can do...

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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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