Reds Hire Jay Bell as a Bench Coach
Nov11

Reds Hire Jay Bell as a Bench Coach

The Cincinnati Reds have hired Jay Bell away from the Pirates to be their bench coach, according to Ken Rosenthal. Sources: #Reds to hire #Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell as bench coach. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 12, 2013 Bell was the Pirates’ hitting coach in 2013, his first year on the job. I was going to mention how he seemed to have struggled on the job, but after looking at the numbers the Pirates...

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Getting a Good Look at Catching Prospect Jin-De Jhang
Nov11

Getting a Good Look at Catching Prospect Jin-De Jhang

Twitter follower @27imokemp, who runs a Pirates blog called U Gotta Believe, passed along a video of Jin-De Jhang this afternoon. For those of you who don’t know, Jhang is a catching prospect in the lower levels. He was signed out of Taiwan in late 2011 for $250,000. He’s been on the radar as a prospect to watch in the lower levels, although he’s still raw in some areas, and is mostly potential at this point....

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Who Are the Best Bounce Back Free Agent Starting Pitchers?
Nov11

Who Are the Best Bounce Back Free Agent Starting Pitchers?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a lot of success with starting pitchers the last few years. The highlights have been A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both had horrible surface numbers prior to joining the Pirates. Burnett had a 5.20 ERA in the two years prior to his trade, and Liriano combined for a 5.23 ERA in the two years before he signed as a free agent. Burnett has since posted a 3.41 ERA in two years with the Pirates,...

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Week In Review: Will A.J. Burnett Return to the Pirates?
Nov10

Week In Review: Will A.J. Burnett Return to the Pirates?

We produce a lot of content each week at Pirates Prospects. During the regular season it can be easier to keep up, since baseball is the only sport going. But baseball news doesn’t stop in the off-season, and it can be easier to miss topics with football and hockey going on at the same time, not to mention college sports, and the NBA if you’re into that sort of thing. So each Sunday we will be recapping the articles from...

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Huntington Says Pirates Can’t Afford Burnett at $14 M
Nov08

Huntington Says Pirates Can’t Afford Burnett at $14 M

David Todd of ESPN 970 had Neal Huntington on his show this afternoon, discussing why the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t tender A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer. The podcast might eventually go up on David’s page, but for now here is his summary of the Burnett conversation. #Pirates Huntington on not giving AJ Burnett a qualifying offer: “$14M in one player was a bit steep for us." — David Todd (@DTonPirates) November...

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Prospect Rewind: Looking at Tyler Glasnow’s Rapid Progression
Nov07

Prospect Rewind: Looking at Tyler Glasnow’s Rapid Progression

Last week we started a new feature on the site called “Prospect Rewind”. Each week the feature will look back at some of the prospect reports in previous editions of the Prospect Guide, all leading up to the release of the Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide. The 2014 book is currently available for pre-sales, and will be released shortly after the Winter Meetings in December. The cover this year features Tyler Glasnow,...

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