First Pitch: Evaluating the Ike Davis Trade
Jun16

First Pitch: Evaluating the Ike Davis Trade

Normally when it comes to trades, you get an evaluation immediately. In the case of Ike Davis, we had to wait for the player to be named later, which ended up being announced today as Blake Taylor. The deal couldn’t be official prior to today, because Taylor couldn’t be dealt until one year after he was signed. Now that it is official, we can fully evaluate the move. For a recap, the full move was Ike Davis in exchange for...

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First Pitch: Five Hundred
Jun15

First Pitch: Five Hundred

On March 25th, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Vance Worley from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations. That was when the Pirates were counting on Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano to lead the rotation. It was when Wandy Rodriguez showed some promise by staying healthy and pitching fairly well in Spring Training. It was when many were projecting the Edinson Volquez experiment would end in failure. It was before Jameson Taillon...

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First Pitch: A Quick Review of Where the Pirates Stand With Draft Signings
Jun14

First Pitch: A Quick Review of Where the Pirates Stand With Draft Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a busy week signing draft picks. So far, they have agreed to deals with 21 players, officially announcing the signing of most of those players. The agreements include three of their first four picks, with all three prep players receiving seven figures. There are still players left to be signed, and still about a month to make that happen. At the rate the Pirates are currently signing players, they might...

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First Pitch: Are the Pirates Going to be Buyers or Sellers?
Jun13

First Pitch: Are the Pirates Going to be Buyers or Sellers?

It’s hard to get a feel for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their chances of competing this year. They move close to .500, then they lose a few games and drop further back. They’re 32-34, and yet they’re only 2.5 games back from the Wild Card race. They lose Francisco Liriano, although that might end up working better for them, since Liriano was struggling and couldn’t be removed from the rotation without an injury....

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First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Farm System at the Half Way Mark
Jun12

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Farm System at the Half Way Mark

The mid-season articles for MLB teams usually come out around the All-Star break in early July, even though the real half-way point is actually the end of June. For minor leagues, the season is only five months, which means the half-way mark is right after the draft, in the middle of June. There’s not a lot that really changes with most players in that time, but the mid-season point does provide a large enough sample size that...

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First Pitch: After Gregory Polanco, Who is Next?
Jun11

First Pitch: After Gregory Polanco, Who is Next?

Kind of informal tonight, because I just spent 15 hours on the road driving back up to Virginia, and just remembered why I hated making that drive 3-4 times per year. I’m half taking a break this week, after the draft last week, and half handling some family business. We’ve got a lot of articles lined up this week from other writers on the site, and I’ve got a few that will appear as well, including this nightly...

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