First Pitch: The Type of Prospects That the Pirates Could Afford to Trade
Jul20

First Pitch: The Type of Prospects That the Pirates Could Afford to Trade

As I looked around at the reactions toward the Angels’ trade for Huston Street, I noticed a lot of people commenting about how the deal was a good one for Los Angeles. This is a team that didn’t have a farm system, and traded the few prospects they had remaining for a relief pitcher who is making $10 M over the next year and a half. And I’d have to agree that this deal was a good one for the Angels. The Angels...

Read More
First Pitch: Why I Don’t Like the Trade Deadline
Jul19

First Pitch: Why I Don’t Like the Trade Deadline

Earlier today I did a sort of trade deadline preview, although there’s not much to work with this year. The only player that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to was traded tonight when the Angels acquired Huston Street. That’s not something I’d lose sleep over, as the price was very high, as it usually is for closers. In less than two weeks, the trade deadline will have passed. I think it’s going to...

Read More
First Pitch: Five Big Questions That Will Determine if the Pirates Will Remain Contenders
Jul18

First Pitch: Five Big Questions That Will Determine if the Pirates Will Remain Contenders

The Pittsburgh Pirates will kick off the second half of the season today. They enter the second half with a 49-46 record, sitting 3.5 games out of first place in the NL Central, and 3 games back in the Wild Card race. They’ve got the lowest chances of any of the playoff contenders, but they’re still considered contenders. You can go through any team — contender or not — and you’ll find questions...

Read More
First Pitch: It’s Time to Recognize Mark Melancon as an Elite Reliever
Jul17

First Pitch: It’s Time to Recognize Mark Melancon as an Elite Reliever

Mark Melancon is one of the best relievers in baseball. That’s not just my opinion. It’s a statistical fact. Just take a look at the numbers over the last two years. Melancon ranks 7th of 139 relievers in xFIP. If you prefer ERA, he drops down to 8th. He’s been an amazing reliever for the Pirates, but he doesn’t get the credit he deserves in Pittsburgh. I’m always baffled by the reactions towards...

Read More
First Pitch: Reviewing the 2014 Success of the Pirates Depth and Farm System
Jul16

First Pitch: Reviewing the 2014 Success of the Pirates Depth and Farm System

This is the sixth season that I’ve been writing about the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. For the first five seasons, I always did a season preview article, looking at X amount of things to focus on while the Pirates tried to end their losing streak (and X was always the year the losing streak was about to enter). This year there was no more losing streak, and thus the article format didn’t work. I still...

Read More
First Pitch: What is Josh Bell’s Future With the Pirates?
Jul15

First Pitch: What is Josh Bell’s Future With the Pirates?

Prior to the 2011 draft, Josh Bell sent a letter to every team, telling them not to draft him. He intended to go to college at the University of Texas, despite being projected as a mid-first round pick. Whether that letter was just a negotiating ploy or actually legit will never really be known. A lot of teams — including interested teams like the Boston Red Sox — passed over Bell due to the letter. The Pittsburgh Pirates...

Read More
Page 21 of 101« First...10...1920212223...304050...Last »