McCutchen and Hurdle Are Finalists For BBWAA Awards
Nov05

McCutchen and Hurdle Are Finalists For BBWAA Awards

Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle have both been named finalists for the Baseball Writers Association of America awards, which are the official MLB awards as voted by baseball writers. Hurdle was a finalist for the NL Manager of the year. The award will be announced on November 12th. Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves and Don Mattingly of the Dodgers were also NL finalists. Hurdle won the Sporting News NL Manager of the Year award a few...

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Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?
Nov05

Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

In two weeks and one day, on November 20th, MLB teams will have to submit their 40-man rosters, complete with players protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. I’ve posted the players who are eligible before, and you should know the rules if you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time. If not, here is a quick refresher on when players become eligible. **If a player was 18 or younger in the year he was signed, he...

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Francisco Liriano Named the NL Comeback Player of the Year
Nov04

Francisco Liriano Named the NL Comeback Player of the Year

Francisco Liriano was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year tonight, beating out Jorge De La Rosa, Chase Utley, and Jayson Werth. This is not to be confused with the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year award, which also went to Liriano a few weeks ago. The obvious difference is that this award is presented by MLB, while the other is presented by The Sporting News. This is the second time that Liriano has won a...

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Prospect Rewind: How Exicardo Cayones Changed Our Prospect Rankings
Nov01

Prospect Rewind: How Exicardo Cayones Changed Our Prospect Rankings

Earlier this week the 2014 Prospect Guide was made available for pre-sales, with a target release date of mid-December after the Winter Meetings. In the weeks leading up to the release of the book, we’ll be looking back at some of the reports from previous editions to see what we were previously saying about certain players. In this process, you can expect to see some positive reports that ended up being exactly right....

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2013-2014 Off Season Primer
Oct31

2013-2014 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end last night, the 2013/2014 off-season officially begins today.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics. 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The deadline this year is on Monday.  The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have five players on the 60-day...

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AFL: Phil Irwin Goes Four Innings In Scottsdale’s Sixth Straight Loss
Oct30

AFL: Phil Irwin Goes Four Innings In Scottsdale’s Sixth Straight Loss

The Scottsdale Scorpions continued their losing ways on Wednesday and two Pirates pitchers allowed most of the damage. They dropped their sixth straight game, falling 7-0 to first place Mesa, a team that came into the day on a three game losing streak. Alex Dickerson was originally the only Pittsburgh Pirates position player in the starting lineup, but he was scratched before the game. No word was given as to why they changed the...

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