First Pitch: Picking Two Pirates Breakout Candidates From Each Level
Apr03

First Pitch: Picking Two Pirates Breakout Candidates From Each Level

The 2014 Minor League baseball season begins today. John Dreker has a schedule of the Opening Day starters in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, with Nick Kingham being the highlight in Altoona. We will be releasing our previews of each level in the morning, and starting the nightly Prospect Watch after all of the day’s games are over. To prepare for the season, let’s take a look at two breakout candidates from...

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First Pitch: What Happens to Players Who Don’t Make Minor League Rosters?
Apr02

First Pitch: What Happens to Players Who Don’t Make Minor League Rosters?

The rosters are out for three of the four Pittsburgh Pirates full season minor league affiliates. The only roster remaining is the West Virginia Power. In the process of announcing rosters, some names get left off the list, with questions about where the player is expected to play. If it’s an injury, then we usually have that information in the article when the rosters are released. But some players are just stuck in...

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First Pitch: Two Things That Will Keep the Pirates Contending in 2014 and Beyond
Apr01

First Pitch: Two Things That Will Keep the Pirates Contending in 2014 and Beyond

In previous years, I always opened the season with an article titled “[Number] Things to Watch For in [Year].” The number would always coincide with the consecutive losing streak. If the Pirates had lost 17 years in a row going into a season, then the number that year would be 18. And of course the year was the upcoming season. In the early years during the rebuild, the point of the article was to highlight things to watch...

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First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have Another Good Season in 2014
Mar31

First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have Another Good Season in 2014

Every team has a weakness. Most of this off-season has been spent focusing on the big weaknesses for the Pirates — the first base spot and the fifth starter spot in the rotation. The Pirates didn’t do anything over the off-season to ease concerns about those two spots. And in the process, people continued to focus on those two positions, all while ignoring the fact that the positives on this team far out-weigh the...

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First Pitch: The Next Avenue of Talent For the Pittsburgh Pirates?
Mar29

First Pitch: The Next Avenue of Talent For the Pittsburgh Pirates?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are no strangers to finding talent in unique places. They were the first team to sign a player out of India, which the upcoming movie “Million Dollar Arm” will detail. They were the first team to sign a black player out of South Africa in Gift Ngoepe. They’ve signed players out of Australia, Lithuania, Belarus, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and more. So obviously the next avenue of talent would be...

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First Pitch: Are the Pirates About to Repeat a Mistake From the 2006 Season?
Mar28

First Pitch: Are the Pirates About to Repeat a Mistake From the 2006 Season?

As of right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates are going into the regular season with Travis Ishikawa as part of their first base platoon. There are still three days for this to change before Opening Day. The Pirates could also try to make a move after Opening Day, with minimal damage, depending on how many games they play with Ishikawa. But the fact that they’re planning on going with Ishikawa, even with the possibility of a change,...

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