• First Pitch: The Unpredictable Stetson Allie

    Stetson Allie is the best hitter so far in the Pirates' system, and in the South Atlantic League. I have a new rule for Stetson Allie. Whatever he's doing in Spring Training, I'm going to take the opposite and that's going to be my prediction for the year. Last year -- when...

  • First Pitch: All of the Warning Signs are There For a James McDonald Injury

    All of the warning signs are there for a James McDonald injury. - Image Credit: David Hague After the first start of the year from James McDonald, I got a question. "What is up with his velocity? Is he injured?" McDonald's velocity was down in the first game of the year. He...

  • First Pitch: What Really Led to the Comeback by the Pirates

    So if you were on Twitter during the game, you saw this. If not, here's the story of what really led to the Pirates comeback today. James Santelli has been working on a Garrett Jones article this week, which took a lot of research and time to put together. You can check...

  • First Pitch: Depth Can Quickly Disappear

    Remember at the start of the year when the Pirates had a lot of starting pitching depth? Kyle McPherson had just missed out on the fifth starter role. Phil Irwin had some impressive outings in Spring Training, and looked like he could also be an early season option. Everyone hoped that Gerrit...

  • First Pitch: Open Writing Position at Pirates Prospects

    I decided to take the night off from doing any analysis on the team in this article. I took my dad to the Penguins/Lightning game for his birthday, and when I got home I started working on tomorrow's articles. I've also got double coverage tomorrow, with an extended Spring Training game at...

  • First Pitch: The Minors Exist For a Reason

    Gerrit Cole There's one thing you notice when you cover prospects closely: there's no middle ground with expectations and reactions. At times it seems like there are pretty much only two reactions to a prospect. If there is a good report, or a player is performing well, there are calls for a...

  • First Pitch: The Downside of the New CBA Starting to Appear For the Pirates

    When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement came out during the 2011-2012 off-season, I wrote about a lot of the downsides for small market teams. At the time the downside was somewhat debatable. We didn't see how the new system would impact the Pirates at the time. There was some debate over whether...

  • First Pitch: Who Could Step Into the Rotation if Wandy Goes on the DL?

    At the start of the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to have a great situation at the top of their rotation. A.J. Burnett had made 31+ starts each year since 2008. Wandy Rodriguez had made 30+ starts each year since 2009. They looked like guys who could give the Pirates a full...

  • First Pitch: When Should the Pirates Consider Pedro Alvarez a Platoon Player?

    When should the Pirates consider Alvarez a platoon player? Photo credit: David Hague Back in early February, when Brandon Inge was signed, I raised the question of whether Pedro Alvarez should be a platoon player. Not much has happened between that article and now, other than eight regular season at-bats against left-handers....

  • First Pitch: No One Is Hitting, Let’s Over-React

    It was almost one year ago today that I wrote this article. The Pirates had played seven games, getting off to a 2-5 start. They had been shut out twice, and only scored more than two runs in one of those games. So far, the 2013 season looks to be starting off...

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