• First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have the Top Farm System?

    The emergence of Tyler Glasnow is one of many reasons the Pirates could be considered to have a top farm system. The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins get a lot of praise for their farm systems. However, Jeff Passan talked with one longtime scout who said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were...

  • First Pitch: Ten Things I Love About Baseball – Ump Show Edition

    Tonight the Pittsburgh Pirates took on the Atlanta Braves in the first game of a three game series between two of the best teams in the National League. Kind of boring, right? Not exactly the type of game where you're going for the teams. Fortunately, there was one thing that made the...

  • First Pitch: The Bullpen, The Depth, and The Regression

    I've spent most of the day working on finishing up the draft rankings with John Dreker. We will be writing up the draft rankings article tomorrow, and recording the rest of the draft podcast. All of that will go up on Tuesday as we prepare for the MLB Draft on Thursday. Because...

  • First Pitch: Getting the 2010 Francisco Liriano

    Francisco Liriano is looking like the 2010 version, or better. (Photo Credit: David Hague) I use the "small sample size" disclaimer a lot on this site, so it's important to note that everything Francisco Liriano has done so far this season comes with that same disclaimer. Having said that, what Francisco Liriano...

  • First Pitch: Who Should the Pirates Consider For an Extension?

    Rob Biertempfel of the Trib reported tonight that Scott Boras would be open to a long-term deal involving Pedro Alvarez and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the article, Biertempfel quoted Frank Coonelly and Scott Boras, who both said they'd be open to the discussions. That doesn't mean much, since discussions are far from...

  • First Pitch: Thoughts on the Bullpen, Mercer, Taillon, Cole, and the Reds

    Thursday is podcast recording day, which means I spent most of my time today writing articles for the site, recording tomorrow's show, and editing that show. Therefore, rather than a formal article, we're going to do a Thursday thoughts article again. **Put me down as someone who isn't concerned with the bullpen...

  • First Pitch: Are Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke a Product of a Successful System?

    Last night I finished my article about Jeanmar Gomez with a thought -- should there be a debate between Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke for the final rotation spot when Charlie Morton returns? On one side you've got Locke, who has a 2.45 ERA in 58.2 innings, but has a 4.30 xFIP....

  • First Pitch: Jeanmar Gomez is the New Kevin Correia

    I'm what you call a cord cutter. I don't have cable or DirecTV. A few years ago I discovered that all of the shows I watch were either on Netflix, or on Hulu Plus the next day. And since I never watched shows the night they aired, the "next day" part of...

  • First Pitch: The Not-So-Great Jordy Mercer Compromise

    Jordy Mercer is getting playing time, but he should be getting most of Brandon Inge's playing time as well. Photo Credit: David Hague About two weeks ago the biggest topic surrounding Pirates baseball was the fate of Jordy Mercer. Some argued that he should have remained in the majors, with John McDonald...

  • First Pitch: Who Pirates Draft and Who Fans Want, Might Not Be The Same

    Since taking over the draft coverage on the site this year, I have learned one thing that is pretty clear. Unless you're picking at the top of the draft class, there is nothing close to a consensus. That is especially true with the Pittsburgh Pirates two first round picks this year. There...

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