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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
First Pitch: Why the Pirates Optioned Gerrit Cole and Jeff Locke to the Minors
Aug31

First Pitch: Why the Pirates Optioned Gerrit Cole and Jeff Locke to the Minors

Over the last two days, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made a few moves to add some short-term depth, sending down players who have and will continue to be a big part of the 2014 season, all to get a few days of extra depth on the bench. The first move saw the Pirates option Gerrit Cole to Bristol, which allowed them to bring up Andrew Lambo. Then, they optioned Jeff Locke to Indianapolis, bringing up Brent Morel. Both moves probably...

Read More
First Pitch: Thoughts From Indy on Lambo’s Power, Top Pitchers, and Bullpen Help
Aug30

First Pitch: Thoughts From Indy on Lambo’s Power, Top Pitchers, and Bullpen Help

Andrew Lambo, who had a starting big league job in the spring to lose, managed to do just that. Along with this collapse, Lambo managed to avoid a call up, despite hitting .332 with a .962 OPS in 60 games with Indianapolis. That streak ended today when the Pirates called him up, likely for the remainder of the season. But why did it take this long? After the trade for Ike Davis on April 18, I reported that Lambo was no longer playing...

Read More
First Pitch: The Pirates Still Lost the Marlon Byrd Deal, and That’s Still OK
Aug29

First Pitch: The Pirates Still Lost the Marlon Byrd Deal, and That’s Still OK

A year and a day ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets, sending Dilson Herrera and Vic Black in return. Today, the Mets called up Herrera to the majors, which means the second baseman has made the jump from Low-A to the majors in one year. That, plus an off-day for the Pirates, gives us the chance to re-visit the trade and see how the Pirates made out in the deal. At the time of the...

Read More
Page 2 of 8912345...102030...Last »