Comparing the Makeup of the Pirates System to the MLB Averages
May31

Comparing the Makeup of the Pirates System to the MLB Averages

The Pirates system often gets compared to other systems in terms of quality.  In fact, it is often ranked very highly by all of the national outlets.  But how does it compare in other aspects? Is it pitching-heavy or position player-heavy? Was it built more through the draft or international signings compared to the average farm system? I recently posted some research on Batting Leadoff that looked at characteristics of MLB...

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Gregory Polanco Now Considered a Top Three Prospect in the Game
May30

Gregory Polanco Now Considered a Top Three Prospect in the Game

**Keith Law updated his top 25 prospects, removing a few guys who have already graduated, and adjusting some of the rankings for what has happened this year. The only Pirates prospect on the list was Gregory Polanco, who was ranked third overall, behind Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa. Polanco moves up ten spots from Law’s original rankings, likely due to his huge season. Law didn’t give much analysis on Polanco, other than...

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With His Improved Offense, Is Neil Walker Due For an Extension?
May27

With His Improved Offense, Is Neil Walker Due For an Extension?

Over the last few years, we’ve heard reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates were open to discussing an extension with second baseman Neil Walker. The most recent instance came back in November, when Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington said that the team was open to discussing an extension with Walker. Apparently, no actual conversations have taken place since 2010, according to Ron Cook, who got this information directly...

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Why You Shouldn’t Expect to See Josh Harrison as the Pirates Shortstop
May27

Why You Shouldn’t Expect to See Josh Harrison as the Pirates Shortstop

Last week I wrote about Josh Harrison, wondering where he would play when Gregory Polanco arrives in the majors. Harrison has been hitting well lately, and has found a regular spot in right field. Since the start of May, Harrison has a .878 OPS in 61 at-bats. Those are great numbers, although they represent a small sample size. To demonstrate the small sample size, his OPS dropped from .955 to the current .878 after going 0-for-5...

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Week In Review: Wandy Gone, Grilli Back, Prospect Reports, Mock Drafts
May26

Week In Review: Wandy Gone, Grilli Back, Prospect Reports, Mock Drafts

The big news this week was the departure of Wandy Rodriguez, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates. Rodriguez will be replaced in the rotation by Brandon Cumpton, who has an opportunity to claim his spot for good. Ryan Palencer wrote about why the choice of Cumpton from Triple-A was the obvious one to make for the Pirates. I revisited the Rodriguez trade, which sent Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, and Colton Cain to Houston in...

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Brandon Cumpton Moves into the Pirates Rotation, Maybe For Good
May25

Brandon Cumpton Moves into the Pirates Rotation, Maybe For Good

Neal Huntington said today that Brandon Cumpton will start for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, replacing Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation. Previously Huntington said that Jeff Locke could be a candidate for the spot, although Locke seemingly was out of the mix after throwing six innings on Thursday. “It just happened to align right now where Brandon is in turn to take Wandy’s spot,” Huntington said. “Jeff would’ve...

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