The Super Two Cutoff Has Been Set
Oct29

The Super Two Cutoff Has Been Set

The Super Two cutoff this year has been set at 2.122, which reads as two years and 122 days (with 172 days equaling one year). This doesn’t change much for the Pirates. Michael McKenry, at 2.136, was projected to be a Super Two player and still will be Super Two eligible. He’s projected to make $900 K in arbitration, and is considered a non-tender candidate. I see him sticking around, since he has an option remaining, and...

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Does a Free Agent Make Sense For the Pirates in Right Field?
Oct28

Does a Free Agent Make Sense For the Pirates in Right Field?

One of the few positions of need in 2014 is right field. As I pointed out in the 2013 right field recap, the Pirates struggled throughout the 2013 season with their right fielders. That changed in late August when they traded for Marlon Byrd, although Byrd is a free agent this off-season and will likely be looking for a multi-year deal after his career year at the age of 36. The Pirates may only need a replacement option for a few...

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Gerrit Cole Named to Baseball America’s All Rookie Team
Oct28

Gerrit Cole Named to Baseball America’s All Rookie Team

Baseball America released their All-Rookie team for the 2013 season, and Gerrit Cole was named as one of the top five starters. That’s not a surprise, as Cole was fantastic in his rookie campaign, especially during the month of September when he started looking like an ace. The other four starters were Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Julio Teheran. BA noted that Cole’s average velocity of 95.5 MPH ranked...

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Martin, Marte, and McCutchen are Gold Glove Finalists
Oct25

Martin, Marte, and McCutchen are Gold Glove Finalists

Rawlings announced the finalists for the 2013 NL Gold Glove awards today, and the Pirates had three players in contention. Russell Martin, Starling Marte, and Andrew McCutchen were all finalists at their positions. Russell Martin was one of three finalists at catcher. The other two finalists this year are A.J. Ellis of the Dodgers, and Yadier Molina of the Cardinals. Martin won a Gold Glove in 2007 with the Los Angeles Dodgers....

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The Pirates Should Become the Relief Pitching Factory
Oct24

The Pirates Should Become the Relief Pitching Factory

One of the impressive things about the Pittsburgh Pirates has been their ability to trade quality relievers for other pieces of their team, and yet still manage to put together a strong bullpen. I pointed out how strong their bullpen was today in the 2013 bullpen recap, and that was after trading Joel Hanrahan, Brad Lincoln, and Chris Resop in the last year. Looking at the 2013 roster, several players were acquired in exchange for...

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Who Will Be the Next Breakout Player in West Virginia?
Oct23

Who Will Be the Next Breakout Player in West Virginia?

It’s not supposed to work this systematically when it comes to breakout prospects. You aren’t supposed to see one team having the biggest breakout players every single season. Normally it should be spread out and random. One year the big breakout might be in Altoona. The next it might be in Bradenton. But for the last two years, the biggest breakout players in the system have come in West Virginia. In 2012 it was Gregory...

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