First Pitch: Why Gregory Polanco Should Be the Next Extension Candidate
Mar27

First Pitch: Why Gregory Polanco Should Be the Next Extension Candidate

Back at the beginning of February, I wrote an article looking at extension candidates for the Pittsburgh Pirates, noting that this was where the team needed to spend their money. Everyone focused on the 2014 payroll this off-season, but two of the best moves that could have been made were the extensions of Charlie Morton, and today’s extension of Starling Marte. Neither of these moves has an impact on the 2014 season, since...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Need to Trade For a First Baseman
Mar26

First Pitch: The Pirates Need to Trade For a First Baseman

Last night I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Pirates shouldn’t give the first base platoon to Travis Ishikawa, and instead should give Andrew Lambo a shot. Instead, they optioned Lambo to Triple-A as part of today’s big wave of cuts. That means that Ishikawa is currently projected as the other half of the first base platoon. Neal Huntington didn’t sound like Ishikawa was locked into that position earlier today. The...

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First Pitch: Could Travis Ishikawa Actually Win the First Base Job?
Mar25

First Pitch: Could Travis Ishikawa Actually Win the First Base Job?

Earlier this evening, Jon Heyman said that Travis Ishikawa has a shot to beat out Andrew Lambo for the first base job against right-handed pitchers. Travis ishikawa is having nice spring and has good chance to beat out andrew lambo to share 1B with gaby sanchez. #pirates — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 24, 2014 This seems largely speculating based on his Spring Training numbers. Ishikawa currently has a .333/.467/.708 line in...

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First Pitch: The Impact of the Injuries to the Top Prospects
Mar24

First Pitch: The Impact of the Injuries to the Top Prospects

Every year around this time I start gathering information to prepare for the season previews at each minor league level. A big part of that involves trying to figure out where players will start, and which players might be promoted throughout the year. One of the things I hear constantly from the Pirates, whether it’s front office members or coaches, is that it’s not how a prospect starts, it’s how he finishes. For...

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First Pitch: The Pirates’ Roster is Taking Shape
Mar22

First Pitch: The Pirates’ Roster is Taking Shape

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates cut eight players from Major League camp. There are still 42 players remaining in camp, with Chris Stewart expected to start the year on the disabled list. That means the Pirates still have 16 players to cut, and a little over a week to make those decisions. However, there’s not much mystery surrounding the remaining cuts. Here is a quick rundown of the positions and the remaining players in camp....

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First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?
Mar21

First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?

I’ve written about how the Pittsburgh Pirates have eight relievers for seven bullpen spots. They have a little over one week remaining, and as long as everyone stays healthy, they’ll have a tough decision to make. Earlier this week, we heard that the Pirates were listening on Vin Mazzaro. Today there were two more rumors talking about relievers other than Mazzaro. Ken Davidoff reports that two industry sources say that the...

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