Jordy Mercer’s Impressive Defensive Feat in 2014
Jan07

Jordy Mercer’s Impressive Defensive Feat in 2014

Mark Simon from ESPN found a very impressive accomplishment from Jordy Mercer during the 2014 season, as shown in his tweet below. Defender of the Day Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer did something in 2014 that rated better than every other SS … pic.twitter.com/jCzzZub59Z — Mark Simon (@msimonespn) January 7, 2015 Mercer had a 1.6 WAR on defense in 2014 according to Baseball-Reference. That is up from the 0.2 dWAR...

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Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There
Jan02

Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There

It’s a slow period for baseball news, so this article from Fangraphs is something to hold you over while we wait for the first bit of news from 2015. Tony Blengino takes a look at the leaders and the worst hitters on balls in play in the National League. The four categories he takes a look at are pop ups, line drives, fly balls and grounders. It might be a bit surprising to see Andrew McCutchen listed among the players with the...

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The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015
Dec31

The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015

For the last two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ve written about the boom or bust players who could make a difference for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming season. The 2013 group included players like Francisco Liriano, Starling Marte, and Mark Melancon. The 2014 group had guys like Jordy Mercer, Travis Snider, and Edinson Volquez. All of those guys helped the Pirates making the playoffs two years in a row. The 2013...

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Links: Hot Stove Winners, Crossroads for Alvarez, More Strikeouts For Cole, Pirates Needs
Dec30

Links: Hot Stove Winners, Crossroads for Alvarez, More Strikeouts For Cole, Pirates Needs

The end of the year is typically a slow time for baseball news, although there have been a few interesting articles I’ve read over the last few days, providing some analysis either on the Pittsburgh Pirates, or on baseball in general. Here is a look at four of those links. **Every off-season, there is a team, or multiple teams that end up being labeled as “off-season winners.” A few years ago it was the Toronto Blue...

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There Will Be No Need to Immediately Clear a Starting Spot for Jung-Ho Kang
Dec29

There Will Be No Need to Immediately Clear a Starting Spot for Jung-Ho Kang

A week ago, the news came out that the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for the exclusive negotiating rights with Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang. The rumored cost for Kang will be four years and $20 M, and that doesn’t include the $5 M that the Pirates spent to negotiate with him. For the last week, one of the big themes I’ve been seeing in discussions about Kang is the anticipation for the other shoe dropping. The...

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Comparing Corey Hart and Gaby Sanchez
Dec21

Comparing Corey Hart and Gaby Sanchez

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Corey Hart for $2.5 M, with an additional $2.5 M in possible incentives. He will presumably play first base when left-handed pitchers are on the mound, but could also serve as a backup in the outfield. One of the things I noticed in response to the signing was the inevitable comparison to Gaby Sanchez, with some wondering why the Pirates got rid of Sanchez (who was due an estimated $2.7 M) just...

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