• First Pitch: Time to Start Looking at the Bullpen Depth

    Jose Contreras could be a 7th inning option for the Pirates soon. If there's one thing the Pirates have been good at, it has been finding relievers. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and even guys like Jeanmar Gomez and Vin Mazzaro have come cheap for their production. Those bullpen scouting skills look like...

  • First Pitch: These Pirates Are Good, But…

    In tonight's game story, James Santelli broke down the great homestand the Pirates just had, and how impressive it was that they beat three teams who look like they'll be heading to the playoffs this year. I thought about following up on that by looking back at what I've said over the...

  • First Pitch: The New Wandy Rodriguez Making Last Summer’s Trade Look Good

    The Wandy Rodriguez trade is looking good right now. Photo credit: David Hague When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez last year at the trade deadline, I wasn't a fan of the move. For one, I really liked Robbie Grossman's upside. I also didn't think Rodriguez was the same pitcher he was...

  • First Pitch: Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon? Who is Better?

    Has Jameson Taillon passed Gerrit Cole? Spoiler alert: Before I begin, I'm not going to answer the question of which prospect between Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon is better. I think that no matter which side you pick, you're going to be splitting hairs. I'll also take the cheap way out, and...

  • First Pitch: A Great Day of Starting Pitching

    A.J. Burnett led a day of strong starting pitching across the entire organization. Photo Credit: David Hague. Wednesday was probably the best day of system-wide starting pitching you could ask for. First there was A.J. Burnett, who led the pitching staff in throwing a one-hitter. Not just a one-hitter, but a one-hitter...

  • 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...

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