• First Pitch: More Thoughts On Draft Signings, Promotions and Jamestown

    There was a lot of news on the site today. At certain points of the day we were posting an article and immediately starting on the next update. That didn’t leave for a lot of time to process any of the individual moves. Some of them might have even been lost in...

  • First Pitch: Why is Gerrit Cole Throwing So Many Fastballs?

    In his first two starts, Gerrit Cole has gone heavy on the fastball. Really heavy. As in...

  • First Pitch: Five Popular Prospects and When They Might Be Promoted

    In the last few weeks the Pittsburgh Pirates have made a lot of prospect promotions. Gerrit Cole was promoted to the majors. Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel moved up to Triple-A. This week saw Nick Kingham and Gregory Polanco get promotions to Altoona. With half of the minor league season in the...

  • First Pitch: Locke’s Anti-Regression, Cumpton a Bonus, and Jamestown

    I didn’t have one specific thing I wanted to write about, but a few notes I was thinking about. So I went with more of a notes column, with three different topics below. **About a month ago we were talking about Jeff Locke being a regression candidate going forward. That sparked the...

  • First Pitch: The Pirates Have Had Some Amazing Starting Pitching Depth

    Earlier today I was recording a podcast with James Santelli and Tom Bragg, talking about the rotation, and what moves would need to be made once guys like Jeanmar Gomez, James McDonald, and Wandy Rodriguez returned. Most of the conversation surrounded the fact that the Pirates were about to have too many...

  • First Pitch: The Important Lower Tiers in the Prospect Rankings

    For the last few years we’ve been hearing the same thing over and over about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system. They’re very top-heavy, but the system lacks depth. It was never clear what that meant. Did it mean they didn’t have guys in the upper levels who could take over in the...

  • First Pitch: So Many Things Are Going Right For the Pirates

    I wanted to keep this more of a notes article tonight, jotting down a few thoughts I had throughout the evening. A lot of things happened tonight which had me thinking about all of the things going right for the Pirates right now. **Gerrit Cole made his major league debut, and was...

  • First Pitch: Is Gerrit Cole the Most Important Player For the Pirates Going Forward?

    When Gerrit Cole makes his major league debut today, it will be the first time the Pirates have graduated their top prospect to the majors since 2010 with Pedro Alvarez. Since then the system has been led by Jameson Taillon (2011) and Cole (2012, 2013). We’ve seen other prospects come up between...

  • First Pitch: Revisiting the Idea That the Pirates Have Been Unsuccessful in the Draft

    The 2013 draft is complete, and we’ll have our mid-season top 20 prospect rankings coming out this week. There are two things I noticed during these two events. During the draft I noticed the usual “the Pirates can’t draft” or “maybe this year will be better” comments. Then, when doing the prospect...

  • First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – Everybody Loves Cody Dickson

    Day two of the draft is over, and all of the slot picks for the 2013 bonus pool have been selected. Just like last night we will give our reactions to the picks. You can check out the recap of the day here. Wilbur Miller and John Dreker were both following the...

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