First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Got Some Good Pitching in April
Apr30

First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Got Some Good Pitching in April

Back in spring training, I pointed out how the Pittsburgh Pirates had legit pitching prospects for every spot in their full season minor league rotations. By “legit pitching prospects”, I mean guys who have some sort of shot of reaching the majors — whether that’s as a starter, reliever, or just a depth option. Since the spring, a lot has changed. Clay Holmes and Jameson Taillon had Tommy John surgery. Luis...

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First Pitch: Why Don’t Teams Tell the Truth About Super Two?
Apr29

First Pitch: Why Don’t Teams Tell the Truth About Super Two?

The decision of when to promote Gregory Polanco has been a hot button issue lately, especially with the Pittsburgh Pirates struggling to score runs on a consistent basis in the majors. Neal Huntington spoke to Rob Biertempfel of the Trib about when Polanco might be up, noting that Super Two “is not a driving factor”. He also added the following. “He’s continuing to refine some of the intricacies of his game,” Huntington...

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First Pitch: It’s Hard For the Pirates to Win When These Five Players are Struggling
Apr28

First Pitch: It’s Hard For the Pirates to Win When These Five Players are Struggling

We’re almost a month into the 2014 season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a rough start. They’re 10-16, the offense has been poor, and the pitching has been closer to middle of the pack than a top group this year. There are calls for Gregory Polanco to arrive on a daily basis, along with any other help the Pirates can find. Guys like Polanco would help, but the truth is that this team is seeing several of their...

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First Pitch: Tony Sanchez Getting An Early Tryout For a 2015 Starting Role
Apr27

First Pitch: Tony Sanchez Getting An Early Tryout For a 2015 Starting Role

The last time Tony Sanchez was in the Majors, he didn’t get much of a chance to prove what he is capable of as a potential starting catcher. Sanchez only had 18 at-bats over six games in the first few weeks of the season, serving as the backup to Russell Martin. The sample sizes were limited, and thus, brought big reactions to individual plays. When Sanchez strung together a few game winning hits the first week of the season, I...

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First Pitch: How Much Would Super Two Cost if a Player is Extended?
Apr26

First Pitch: How Much Would Super Two Cost if a Player is Extended?

I’ve written in the last few weeks about the cost of Super Two status, which can amount to an extra $10-15 M for a potential impact player like Gregory Polanco. This additional cost is a big factor in why pretty much every team, including the Pirates, will hold back a top prospect until the Super Two deadline passes. No team wants to pay an additional $10-15 M over the long-run, just for an extra six weeks of performance in the...

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First Pitch: Brandon Cumpton Should Stay in the Pirates Rotation
Apr25

First Pitch: Brandon Cumpton Should Stay in the Pirates Rotation

Brandon Cumpton replaced the injured Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation today, and had another great outing in the majors. Cumpton gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings, with a walk and five strikeouts. That’s just a continuation of what Cumpton has done so far in the majors. In his 37.2 innings in the majors, he has a 2.15 ERA, along with a 27:6 K/BB ratio. Rodriguez will be starting a rehab assignment soon, and...

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