An Early Preview of What Could Be the Best Outfield in Baseball
Jan06

An Early Preview of What Could Be the Best Outfield in Baseball

A few weeks ago I wrote that the Pittsburgh Pirates could soon have the best outfield in baseball. That could happen once Gregory Polanco arrives in the majors, which is expected to be in the second half of the 2014 season. Polanco profiles as an impact player, and I believe he could be just as good as Andrew McCutchen when he reaches his potential in the majors. Adding Polanco to McCutchen and Starling Marte will give the Pirates a...

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Andrew Lambo Working at First Base; Hopes to Win Open Spot
Jan06

Andrew Lambo Working at First Base; Hopes to Win Open Spot

Coming into the off-season, it looked like the Pittsburgh Pirates would be looking to address their first base need through free agency. They went after James Loney, who signed with the Rays. They’ve been connected to about every single trade option at one point in time this off-season, but a lot of those options have been traded away. They traded for Chris McGuiness about a week ago to provide another option out of Triple-A. As...

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Pirates Will Have Baseball America’s Top Farm System This Year
Jan06

Pirates Will Have Baseball America’s Top Farm System This Year

Baseball America will be releasing their Prospect Handbook later this month, which always includes their top farm system rankings. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Pirates will have the number one ranking in the upcoming book. The Cardinals were number one last year, but dropped to seventh in this year’s rankings. This isn’t the first time that the Pirates have been ranked number one. Jonathan...

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Pirates Rated as One of the Top 10 MLB Teams
Jan01

Pirates Rated as One of the Top 10 MLB Teams

Buster Olney has been counting down various top ten lists in the majors, and finished yesterday with his top ten MLB teams. The Pirates were rated as the tenth best team, with Olney pointing out their strong core of Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Starling Marte, Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton. The Pirates were the fifth best NL team on the list. The Pirates rated highly in Olney’s rankings for pitching and...

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14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014
Dec31

14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014

One year ago today, I wrote an article about the 13 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Make a Difference in 2013. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of players last off-season who had a chance to be a top performer, but also came with a risk that they could be as low as a bust. Here were the players I outlined last year, and the results in 2013. 2013 Results Hitters Starling Marte: 4.6 WAR Travis Snider: -0.6 WAR Jerry Sands: Triple-A Jose...

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Prospect Rewind: How Gregory Polanco Became the Pirates’ Top Prospect
Dec26

Prospect Rewind: How Gregory Polanco Became the Pirates’ Top Prospect

Last week the 2014 Prospect Guide was released. Many of you received your books early this week, or you purchased the eBook in the last two days. In either case, you would know by now that Gregory Polanco is our top ranked prospect in the Pirates’ system heading into the 2014 season. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you can purchase the book here. The next shipment of paperback books is expected to arrive at the end...

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