The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball
Mar11

The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball

During the first week of Spring Training, I was watching the Major League pitchers doing their daily throwing programs, commonly referred to as long toss. For me, this time period involves snapping pictures for Instagram, waiting for players to start throwing bullpens, and taking notes on what I see the players throwing or working on during their flat ground sessions. On this particular afternoon I noticed Charlie Morton and Brandon...

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Week In Review: Minor League Games Should Bring Major League Cuts
Mar09

Week In Review: Minor League Games Should Bring Major League Cuts

This week, Spring Training will really kick off on this site. Minor League games start this week, which will give me a few important views. First, it will give an idea of where everyone will be starting the 2014 season. I’ll also see these guys in game action, which is a lot better than bullpen sessions, batting practice, and live BP. Therefore, I’ll get a better feel for who is looking good heading into the 2014 season,...

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Pirates Prospects Has a New Logo
Mar07

Pirates Prospects Has a New Logo

Last week I started a contest, looking for submissions for a new Pirates Prospects logo. I received a lot of very good submissions, and thank everyone who put something together for the contest. The winning logo was submitted earlier this week, but immediately became my favorite, and that didn’t change as the week went on. I asked various people for their opinions on the top submissions, and the logo selected was an unanimous...

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The Four Hidden Wins the Pirates Are Getting From Their Catchers
Mar03

The Four Hidden Wins the Pirates Are Getting From Their Catchers

There has been a lot of talk the last few years about pitch framing for catchers, along with the importance of blocking skills. In the last year this has become a big topic for the Pirates, due to the signing of Russell Martin, who is rated one of the best pitch framers in the game. Despite the realization of the value of pitch framing and blocking, we haven’t really had an accurate way of calculating the actual value of a good...

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Pirates Prospects Logo Contest
Feb27

Pirates Prospects Logo Contest

Back in 2011 this site was just starting to become my full time job. During that year I gave the site a new look, complete with a new logo that I designed with my limited photoshop skills. There were two goals for the logo: something simple, and to change the old logo, which used the same font the Pirates had. I didn’t know about the legality of that old logo, but I didn’t want to run into any future issues. The logo...

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Week In Review: The Rotation Depth Looks Strong Again
Feb23

Week In Review: The Rotation Depth Looks Strong Again

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of injuries last year to their rotation, but remained contenders due to the strong rotation depth. It looks like they’ll have strong depth again this year. Stolmy Pimentel Looks Like a Favorite For the Opening Day Roster. He will probably open the season in the bullpen, but everyone I’ve talked to in the organization seems high on him, and still views him as a starting pitcher. He could...

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