First Pitch: Willy Garcia’s Strengths and Weaknesses Fit a Growing MLB Trend
Jan08

First Pitch: Willy Garcia’s Strengths and Weaknesses Fit a Growing MLB Trend

One of the players the Pittsburgh Pirates protected from the Rule 5 draft this off-season was Willy Garcia, who was profiled today as the number 18 prospect in our countdown. Garcia is an interesting case. He has two plus tools, with plus power and a plus arm. However, he doesn’t draw walks, and strikes out way too much. As John Dreker wrote during the season, there haven’t been many players who have gone on to play in the...

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First Pitch: Three Reasons Why the Pirates Don’t Need to Extend Neil Walker Right Now
Jan07

First Pitch: Three Reasons Why the Pirates Don’t Need to Extend Neil Walker Right Now

A Pittsburgh Pirates off-season wouldn’t be complete without rumors that the Pirates were interested in extending Neil Walker. The rumors have already come up this off-season, but I’d b surprised if they actually took place at this point. I also feel there’s little need to extend Walker now. I write about this every time the Walker extension talk comes up. He’s got two years of control remaining, the Pirates...

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First Pitch: The Importance of Having Plenty of Pitching Prospects
Jan06

First Pitch: The Importance of Having Plenty of Pitching Prospects

I’ve never really believed in the “TINSTAAPP” line of thinking. That’s an acronym for “There is no such thing as a pitching prospect,” and maybe I don’t believe in it because some people take it too literally to avoid pitchers entirely. I also don’t like it, because I feel that pitchers are unfairly classified here. The idea behind this is that pitchers are no sure thing, in large part...

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First Pitch: Where Would Jung-Ho Kang Have Ranked in the 2015 Prospect Guide?
Dec24

First Pitch: Where Would Jung-Ho Kang Have Ranked in the 2015 Prospect Guide?

After the news yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for the exclusive negotiation rights for Jung-Ho Kang, a thought went through my mind: I’m glad I don’t have to figure out where he fits in the 2015 Prospect Guide. The book went to publishing a week before the news was announced, and was released on Friday. Technically, Kang is prospect eligible. He doesn’t have 130 at-bats in the majors, which is...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench
Dec23

First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench

Back in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates ran into a horrible situation with their catchers. They used eight catchers in the majors that year, with Michael McKenry getting the most playing time, despite the fact that he was acquired for cash considerations, and was about the fifth or sixth option they went with. Other options included Matt Pagnozzi, Wyatt Toregas, and Dusty Brown, with the latter catching 78 innings. After that season, it...

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First Pitch: The 2015 Prospect Guide is Now Available
Dec19

First Pitch: The 2015 Prospect Guide is Now Available

I was expecting the 2015 Prospect Guide to arrive tomorrow. I had plans to drive up to Tampa and pick up the book from my publisher around 3 PM, get back to Bradenton around 4, and spend the rest of the night packaging the books up to ship out Saturday morning. I woke up this morning to an e-mail from my publisher, saying the books would be ready today at 3 PM. As a result, the 2015 Prospect Guide is here a day early. If you...

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