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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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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