First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Farm System at the Half Way Mark
Jun12

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Farm System at the Half Way Mark

The mid-season articles for MLB teams usually come out around the All-Star break in early July, even though the real half-way point is actually the end of June. For minor leagues, the season is only five months, which means the half-way mark is right after the draft, in the middle of June. There’s not a lot that really changes with most players in that time, but the mid-season point does provide a large enough sample size that...

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First Pitch: After Gregory Polanco, Who is Next?
Jun11

First Pitch: After Gregory Polanco, Who is Next?

Kind of informal tonight, because I just spent 15 hours on the road driving back up to Virginia, and just remembered why I hated making that drive 3-4 times per year. I’m half taking a break this week, after the draft last week, and half handling some family business. We’ve got a lot of articles lined up this week from other writers on the site, and I’ve got a few that will appear as well, including this nightly...

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First Pitch: Gregory Polanco – The Most Anticipated Pirates Prospect Ever, and For Good Reason
Jun10

First Pitch: Gregory Polanco – The Most Anticipated Pirates Prospect Ever, and For Good Reason

Gregory Polanco might be the most anticipated Pirates prospect ever. He kind of has a bit of an advantage. Any prospect pre-2008 didn’t really have the Twitter hype machine following him, and really, any prospect before 2011 didn’t have the full force of Twitter, with #Free(InsertProspectHere) hashtags, and people watching every single thing the player did. The Pirates have had good prospects since Twitter blew up. They...

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First Pitch: Where the Pirates Could See Improvements in the 2014 Draft
Jun09

First Pitch: Where the Pirates Could See Improvements in the 2014 Draft

Last night I wrote why I thought the Pittsburgh Pirates had a bad draft. A draft is something that can be constantly evaluated over multiple periods in time. The first evaluation obviously comes right after the draft, and is meant to give the first impression. However, that’s hardly set in stone. Things can change, players can see unexpected improvements or declines, or a player can just flat out prove his scouting reports wrong...

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First Pitch: Explaining Why This Looks Like a Bad Draft For the Pirates
Jun08

First Pitch: Explaining Why This Looks Like a Bad Draft For the Pirates

In our draft rankings earlier in the week, we wrote about how this was a talented draft class. It looked like the Pirates could get some impressive talent in the first round, landing someone who would have ranked higher than 24th overall in previous drafts. They might even have had a chance to land a first round talent in the second round. What they ended up doing was drafting Cole Tucker with their first pick, and Connor Joe with the...

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First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – A Disappointing Draft, So Far
Jun07

First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – A Disappointing Draft, So Far

Day two of the draft is over, and all of the slot picks for the 2014 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 draft today, with the three of us working to find information on the new Pirates prospects. You can find all of our thoughts below. Tim Williams After the day one picks, I...

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