First Pitch: The Downside of Being a Top Prospect at a Young Age
Jan21

First Pitch: The Downside of Being a Top Prospect at a Young Age

Last week, during our top 20 prospect countdown, we profiled Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel as part of the 11-15 ranked prospects. Both guys share a lot in common in that they: **Were once top prospects at a young age. **Have both struggled at the Double-A level. **Were both traded to the Pirates at a low value. **Both had big bounce back seasons in 2013, finally dominating Double-A, carrying that over to Triple-A, and even making...

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First Pitch: Projecting 88 Wins for the 2014 Pirates Using ZiPS
Jan18

First Pitch: Projecting 88 Wins for the 2014 Pirates Using ZiPS

Last year I did an article that projected 81-84 wins using the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates ZiPS projections. The range was due to the question marks surrounding Francisco Liriano’s signing at this time last year. With Liriano, the Pirates were projected for 83 wins. Without him, they were projected for 81. There were also rumors about Shaun Marcum, who would have taken the team to 84 wins. The Pirates ended up exceeding their...

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First Pitch: Looking Back at Last Year’s Pre-Season Projection
Jan17

First Pitch: Looking Back at Last Year’s Pre-Season Projection

Tomorrow the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates ZiPS projections will be released on FanGraphs. Last year when the projections came out, I decided to take a look at my projected roster to get a feel for the overall talent level of the team. I ended up using the ZiPS WAR totals to project 81-84 wins. The range in wins was due to where the Pirates were during the off-season. The deal with Francisco Liriano wasn’t yet official, and there were...

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First Pitch: My Philosophy on Payroll
Jan16

First Pitch: My Philosophy on Payroll

I don’t care about payroll. That might come as a surprise to some. We have a lot of pages on the site dedicated to tracking the payroll of the team. I point out what I think the Pirates could afford to spend. But the truth about that is, a lot of people care about payroll. And I’m in the business of providing information on a subject that a lot of people care about. As for my own personal beliefs? I don’t care about...

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First Pitch: Getting Uncomfortable With Andrew Lambo
Jan15

First Pitch: Getting Uncomfortable With Andrew Lambo

A few months ago you might remember that I did an article called “How to Be a Professional Blogger“. I was contacted by a few people after that article, with questions on how to get a site started. I don’t know how many people actually started their own site, but I do know of one site that started as a result of that post. Rich from Saber Bucs decided to start his site after that post, and if you haven’t...

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First Pitch: Changing My View on Neil Walker
Jan14

First Pitch: Changing My View on Neil Walker

Over the weekend I was talking with John Dreker, who brought up an interesting question. He asked me whether the 2012 season for Neil Walker would be considered “lucky”, or if the 2013 season would be considered “unlucky”. To answer the question, I started digging into the numbers between the two seasons. By the end of the analysis, I had a higher opinion of Neil Walker’s skills than before the question....

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