Prospect Rewind: Getting to Know Casey Sadler and Joely Rodriguez
Nov21

Prospect Rewind: Getting to Know Casey Sadler and Joely Rodriguez

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates added four players to the 40-man roster, protecting them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Everyone knows about Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. They were two of the biggest breakout prospects in baseball in 2012, and have been two of the top 50 prospects in the game ever since. Readers of this site might know a bit more about Casey Sadler and Joely Rodriguez, but still probably not as much as the other...

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Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2013 Rule 5 Draft
Nov20

Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2013 Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding four players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 12th. The players on the lists below are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. When a player is eligible for the Rule 5 draft, that means any team can select him in the draft, paying $50,000 to the former team. The drafting team has to protect that player by placing him on the 25-man roster for the...

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Week In Review: Pirates Quiet in Free Agency, Busy with Awards
Nov17

Week In Review: Pirates Quiet in Free Agency, Busy with Awards

Last week we started a new feature called “Week in Review”, which surprisingly reviewed the weekly articles on the site and the weekly news surrounding the Pirates. It can be difficult to keep up with everything over the off-season, especially with other sports going on. Below is a summary of all of the top stories from the past week, making sure you didn’t miss anything. The weekly review wouldn’t be complete...

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Frank Coonelly Fighting for Small Market Teams Against the Yankees
Nov16

Frank Coonelly Fighting for Small Market Teams Against the Yankees

I’ve talked a bit on here about the changes that have been discussed for the posting system for Japanese players. If you’re unfamiliar with the system, it is the process that allows a player from a Japanese league, such as Nippon Professional Baseball, to sign with a Major League team. The former agreement allowed teams to bid on the player. The highest bid, or posting fee, would win the rights to negotiate a contract with...

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Andrew McCutchen Wins the NL MVP Award
Nov14

Andrew McCutchen Wins the NL MVP Award

The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Andrew McCutchen the National League MVP for the 2013 season. The award for McCutchen is expected, as he was a heavy favorite to win. The other finalists were Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. McCutchen received 28 of 30 first place votes. McCutchen had an amazing season, posting an 8.2 WAR. That was the best mark in the...

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Prospect Rewind: Should Justin Wilson’s Future Be in the Rotation?
Nov14

Prospect Rewind: Should Justin Wilson’s Future Be in the Rotation?

The 2013 season saw Justin Wilson emerge as a dominant left-handed reliever. Out of 135 qualified relievers, Wilson ranked 17th with his 2.08 ERA. His 3.41 FIP was closer to middle of the pack, ranking 71st. That was due to a low BABIP of .229, which might come up in the future. However, Wilson limited opponents throughout his minor league career, with BABIP numbers below .290-.300 in the upper levels of the minors. So while he...

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