• First Pitch: The Questionable Decision to Trade Away the Compensation Pick

    The moves the Pirates made at the deadline have come under question in the last two months, with some feeling that the Pirates didn't do enough at the deadline to improve the team. Considering the nature of the team's second half collapse, I'd have a hard time arguing that one player would...

  • First Pitch: There’s No Reason to Bring Back Barajas

    Today we started the 2012 recaps of the individual positions, focusing on the 2012 season and a look ahead at future seasons and the prospects in the organization. The first position was a spot that will probably lead to a lot of discussion over the off-season, and that was the catching position....

  • First Pitch: Instructs This Week

    I've been on the road a lot the last two days, so no updates over the weekend. I'm in Florida right now, and will be reporting from instructs this week, while getting the final content needed for the 2013 Prospect Guide. The Pirates play at home tomorrow, which usually means one Triple-A...

  • First Pitch: The Case Against Extending Neil Walker

    Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata to extensions. At the time there was talk that Neil Walker could also be a candidate to be extended, as the club was talking with him about the possibility. The two sides are still talking, and will enter this off-season with...

  • First Pitch: Finding a Post-Season Team

    One of the side effects of the Pirates losing for 20 years in a row is that baseball carries on without them once the regular season is over. For that reason, I usually try to find a post-season team to pull for, as I'm sure any other baseball fan does. I usually...

  • First Pitch: Reviewing the Pre-Season Over/Unders

    At the start of the year I ran a few polls, asking for over/under predictions on several key topics for the 2012 Pirates season. Now that the season is over, I thought it would be a good time to look back and see the results of some of those key story lines....

  • First Pitch: Yes, The Farm System Has Been Dramatically Upgraded Since 2007

    There's been a lot of frustration with the Pittsburgh Pirates in recent weeks. The team went from 16 games over .500 at the end of July, to clinching their 20th losing season in a row on Sunday. The frustration has brought on a lot of criticism. A lot of that criticism is...

  • First Pitch: What the Losing Streak Means to Me

    When I was a kid, baseball was by far my favorite sport. I used to watch every game that was on TV, which usually consisted of the Braves on TBS, the Cubs on WGN, and the Pirates. I would keep score for every Pirates game, but at the same time I'd try...

  • First Pitch: McDonald and Karstens Should Be Locks For the 2013 Rotation

    Looking ahead to the 2013 season, there has been some talk and speculation that Pirates starters James McDonald and Jeff Karstens might not be locks for the 2013 rotation. If you ask me, both pitchers should be locks for the rotation next year. The knock against McDonald right now is that he's...

  • First Pitch: Instructional League Player Updates

    Games are underway in the Florida Instructional Leagues, and ESPN's Kiley McDaniel was covering the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon. Below are some tweets from McDaniel on today's progress from some of the players, along with some of my notes below those tweets. http://twitter.com/kileymcd/status/251383411367899136 http://twitter.com/kileymcd/status/251403038080770048 My Notes: Allie definitely has some raw power....

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