Francisco Liriano Named the NL Comeback Player of the Year
Nov04

Francisco Liriano Named the NL Comeback Player of the Year

Francisco Liriano was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year tonight, beating out Jorge De La Rosa, Chase Utley, and Jayson Werth. This is not to be confused with the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year award, which also went to Liriano a few weeks ago. The obvious difference is that this award is presented by MLB, while the other is presented by The Sporting News. This is the second time that Liriano has won a...

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Prospect Rewind: How Exicardo Cayones Changed Our Prospect Rankings
Nov01

Prospect Rewind: How Exicardo Cayones Changed Our Prospect Rankings

Earlier this week the 2014 Prospect Guide was made available for pre-sales, with a target release date of mid-December after the Winter Meetings. In the weeks leading up to the release of the book, we’ll be looking back at some of the reports from previous editions to see what we were previously saying about certain players. In this process, you can expect to see some positive reports that ended up being exactly right....

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2013-2014 Off Season Primer
Oct31

2013-2014 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end last night, the 2013/2014 off-season officially begins today.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics. 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The deadline this year is on Monday.  The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have five players on the 60-day...

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AFL: Phil Irwin Goes Four Innings In Scottsdale’s Sixth Straight Loss
Oct30

AFL: Phil Irwin Goes Four Innings In Scottsdale’s Sixth Straight Loss

The Scottsdale Scorpions continued their losing ways on Wednesday and two Pirates pitchers allowed most of the damage. They dropped their sixth straight game, falling 7-0 to first place Mesa, a team that came into the day on a three game losing streak. Alex Dickerson was originally the only Pittsburgh Pirates position player in the starting lineup, but he was scratched before the game. No word was given as to why they changed the...

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The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014
Oct30

The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014

The free agent market is always weak when it comes to shortstop. Some years there are guys like Jose Reyes, but they usually go to the highest bidders on massive contracts. Most teams hold onto their shortstops, and most teams hoard shortstop prospects. As a result, if the Pirates want a good shortstop, they’re going to have to develop one internally. That could happen in a few years with Alen Hanson. Until then, the Pirates...

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Pirates Shut Out in the Gold Glove Awards
Oct29

Pirates Shut Out in the Gold Glove Awards

The Pittsburgh Pirates went 0-for-3 in the Gold Glove awards tonight, with Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Russell Martin all losing at their respective positions. Starling Marte lost to Carlos Gonzalez in left field. This is a typical Gold Glove choice, giving the award to someone who was a good hitter and has a recognizable name. Marte had a 20.1 UZR/150 this year, which was the best mark of all MLB left-fielders in baseball...

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