• First Pitch: Thinking Back to Dylan Bundy

    I happened to be thinking about Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy this afternoon at McKechnie Field. I was watching Nick Kingham long tossing from about 300 feet, throwing from the area between the mound and home plate all the way to the wall next to the 335 sign. I think about...

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

    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 they will be put to the test this year. Tom Bragg wrote...

  • 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

    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 a few years ago. From 2008-2010, Rodriguez combined for a 3.36 ERA, along...

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

    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 point out that it’s a good...

  • First Pitch: A Great Day of Starting Pitching

    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 against the best team in the division. James Santelli did a great job breaking down the start...

  • First Pitch: The Unpredictable Stetson Allie

    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 Allie was a pitcher — I thought he looked good in Spring Training. That wasn’t just me. That...

  • First Pitch: All of the Warning Signs are There For a James McDonald Injury

    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 ranged from about 87-92 MPH, but averaged 89 MPH with his fastball. Looking at this chart from...

  • 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...

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