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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Week In Review: Spring Training and 2014 Draft Coverage Begin
Feb16

Week In Review: Spring Training and 2014 Draft Coverage Begin

The Pirates started Spring Training this week, with workouts beginning on Thursday. For all of the Spring Training coverage, both now and throughout the pre-season, check out our Spring Training page. We started the week with previews of all four position groups: The Infield, The Outfield, The Rotation, and The Bullpen. One of the big question marks has been first base. The Pirates don’t have a guarantee with Andrew Lambo, but...

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The Cost of a Draft Pick is Probably Greater Than You Think
Feb11

The Cost of a Draft Pick is Probably Greater Than You Think

Dan Szymborski, the creator of ZiPS, took a look at the cost of the qualifying offer to free agents like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew. Szymborski looked at the values of draft picks based on his studies on the topic in the past, and came up with the numbers that losing a first round pick to sign a player would be the equivalent of losing about $23 M in future value. What this means for guys like Morales and Drew is that declining...

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