• Links: Are the Pirates For Real?

    Every year it seems like there's one surprise team that everyone starts talking about early in the season. The Pirates have been a surprise team in each of the previous two years, but I don't recall the discussion starting this early (probably because they broke out in June 2011, and had a...

  • Five Candidates For a Promotion and When They Could Be Promoted

    One of the best ways to figure out when (or if) a player is going to be promoted is by looking at what the organization has done with previous players. For the most part, each player is an individual circumstance and should be treated with an individual approach. However, there are usually...

  • Stetson Allie, Matt Hague, and Alen Hanson Win Player of the Week Awards

    Stetson Allie was named the SAL player of the week for the second time this season. Yesterday I posted the weekly top performers, with Stetson Allie and Matt Hague leading the group of hitters over the last week. Both players also led their individual leagues and were recognized with Player of the...

  • Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates Among Top 25 Prospects

    Keith Law has unveiled a new top 25 prospect list for Insider subscribers and he has three Pittsburgh Pirates players listed. Cole retains his top spot in the Pirates system (Photo Credit: David Hague) Rated first among Pirates players is pitcher Gerrit Cole in the 12th spot. That is four spots down...

  • Glasnow, Bats Lead Turnaround for West Virginia

    In West Virginia's recent history, being able to put a winning baseball team on the field while consistently preparing prospects for the next level has been a formula that has been hard to come by, that is until recently. Dilson Herrera has been a big part of the West Virginia lineup hitting...

  • Gerrit Cole Links: Two Reports Have Cole As A Number Two Starter

    Two reports list Gerrit Cole as a number two starter. Two different reports went up this morning about Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Gerrit Cole. Both reports were similar, possibly seeing the same start from the right-hander, and the takeaway from both reports could challenge the idea that Cole is the top prospect...

  • Is Stetson Allie a Future All-Star, Platoon Player, or Minor League Director?

    Stetson Allie has been one of the best stories in the Pirates' minor league system this year. I get asked all the time why he's not a top 20 prospect yet, when he'll be moved up to Double-A, and even what he could become in the future. I'm generally hesitant to give...

  • Snider’s Grand Slam Explodes Twitter, Or Does It?

    I think one of the great things about the way we use technology to follow sports is the ability to take a step back and observe the way the masses react to memorable moments. In the case of Travis Snider's grand slam in the sixth inning of the Pirates' 5-4 win against...

  • Sorry, Jeff Locke, You Won’t Keep Dominating

    Jeff Locke says he has "gotten much better" over the last two years. Jeff Locke, let's talk. Heh. Rhymes. Jeff, your pitching has played a role of significance in the Pirates' 26-18 start and a spot in the playoffs if Bud Selig took ether and ended the season on May 21. You...

  • After a Rough Start, Alen Hanson Has Done a Complete 180

    Alen Hanson has done a complete 180 both offensively and defensively since being benched for a few games in April. Ground balls are supposed to lead to easy outs. When you see a routine grounder hit to shortstop, you expect an out. There's usually no feeling that the play could go wrong....

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