First Pitch: The 2013 Draft Could Have the Most Upside
Jun30

First Pitch: The 2013 Draft Could Have the Most Upside

The evaluation of a draft can change over time. You first evaluate a draft at its completion, or after all of the players have signed. That evaluation is based entirely off potential, since obviously you don’t have any results to go off of. As time passes, you start adding results. Potential still plays a role in the early years, but the further away from the draft you get, the less it becomes about potential and the more it...

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First Pitch: The New Draft Slotting Rules Seem to Be Working
Jun29

First Pitch: The New Draft Slotting Rules Seem to Be Working

I’ve never been a fan of the new draft rules. I liked the old system where teams could spend whatever they wanted. I think if teams are allowed to spend whatever they want in free agency, then they should be able to spend whatever they want in the draft. I also never bought in to the fear that the Yankees and Red Sox could someday decide to pour all of their resources in the draft and out-spend the Pirates. The draft isn’t...

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First Pitch: It’s Not Time to Free Andrew Lambo…Yet
Jun28

First Pitch: It’s Not Time to Free Andrew Lambo…Yet

Andrew Lambo went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk tonight. In his 17 games with Indianapolis he has a .317/.397/.698 line in 63 at-bats, with six homers. Travis Snider currently has a .233/.304/.350 line in 206 at-bats in the majors. He started off hot, with a .300 average and a .799 OPS in April. However, he dropped to a .675 OPS in May, and a .492 OPS so far in June. #FreeAndrewLambo? Not yet. For one, Lambo has just 63 at-bats....

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First Pitch: Why Does the Pirates Farm System Seem Different This Year?
Jun27

First Pitch: Why Does the Pirates Farm System Seem Different This Year?

I was on ESPN 970 this afternoon with David Todd, discussing our top ten prospects, and a few other topics in the minor league system. You can listen to the segment here. Towards the end, David asked me if it seemed like something was different this year in the minor league system. The Pirates have started to get a lot of attention this year for the quality of their farm system. Nearly every outlet that grades prospects has the...

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First Pitch: Pirates Seeing Some Increased Power in the Minors This Year
Jun26

First Pitch: Pirates Seeing Some Increased Power in the Minors This Year

The Pirates had five homers on the night in Seattle, showing some power at the major league level. It wasn’t just in the majors though. Andrew Lambo hit his 19th home run of the year tonight, with 14 coming in Altoona and the last five coming in Indianapolis. That’s notable since it already beats last year’s high of 18 homers, set by Willy Garcia. It also matches the 2011 high of 19, set by Jordy Mercer. The Pirates...

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First Pitch: Keeping James McDonald Around Would Be the Right Move
Jun25

First Pitch: Keeping James McDonald Around Would Be the Right Move

James McDonald is set to return this week. There has already been a lot of discussion about whether McDonald should be on the 25-man roster. In yesterday’s article about Gerrit Cole there were a lot of comments about how McDonald should be gone to create a spot for Cole. The Pirates could keep both, so that shouldn’t be an issue. A year ago today, McDonald had a 2.19 ERA in 90.1 innings with an 83:24 K/BB ratio. He had a...

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