First Pitch: The GCL Roster Will Have a Lot of Upside Later This Month
Jul06

First Pitch: The GCL Roster Will Have a Lot of Upside Later This Month

The Pirates went with a lot of upside this year in the draft. They also signed a lot of prep players, including a few over-slot guys after the tenth round. I was looking over the GCL roster this afternoon, and realized that in a few weeks this could be one of the biggest upside rosters in the system. Consider the following lineup and rotation, once everyone is ready. C – Reese McGuire: Danny Arribas is also a good, athletic...

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First Pitch: Could the Pirates Have Five All-Stars This Year?
Jul05

First Pitch: Could the Pirates Have Five All-Stars This Year?

I don’t usually follow the All-Star Game that much. Part of that is probably because there hasn’t been much reason to follow the game from the Pirates perspective. Honestly it’s also a nice 2-3 day period where I can relax in the middle of the marathon season, because there’s no games that count. Well, except for the All-Star Game. It counts. It shouldn’t count for anything, but once upon a time the...

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First Pitch: Maybe the Pirates Pitching Staff Won’t Regress
Jul04

First Pitch: Maybe the Pirates Pitching Staff Won’t Regress

We’ve talked a lot this year about regression. Jeff Locke is a regression candidate. Jeanmar Gomez is a regression candidate. The entire Pirates’ pitching staff has combined to lead the league in BABIP, and it’s not close. You could say the same for strand rates, although the Braves and Royals are close behind them. Every time the topic of regression comes up, it is met with “Maybe (insert player here) is the...

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First Pitch: What Does a Starter Do Between Starts?
Jul03

First Pitch: What Does a Starter Do Between Starts?

Today the Pirates called up Brandon Cumpton to make a spot start, due to the fact that Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke both threw on Sunday. There was some discussion on the site today about the decision, with questions as to why Gomez and Locke couldn’t throw. The end result of all of this is that Locke was moved back a day, Gomez will go to the bullpen for the short-term, and Cumpton made his start instead of Gomez. So it’s...

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First Pitch: The Short and Long Term Impact of Wandy Rodriguez’s Injury
Jul02

First Pitch: The Short and Long Term Impact of Wandy Rodriguez’s Injury

Wandy Rodriguez has received a few setbacks in the past week. He had some tightness in his forearm, and was shut down. Today he received Platelet Rich Plasma injections, which will put him out for three weeks. Even when he starts back up, you’re looking at a few weeks of rehab starts, which means the Pirates might not see him until the middle of August. I wanted to take a look at the short-term and long-term impacts that these...

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First Pitch: This Year Actually is Different, For Real This Time, Seriously
Jul01

First Pitch: This Year Actually is Different, For Real This Time, Seriously

It’s time for the annual “The Pirates are for real this year” post. Two years ago the Pirates were in first place in mid-July. They were “contending” up until the end of July. Then they suffered a collapse and finished with a losing record. Last year the team was contending and in first place in mid-July. Then they suffered a bigger collapse and finished with a losing record. In short, no matter how good...

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