The Upcoming Rule 5 and Minor League Free Agency Eligible Players
Jul06

The Upcoming Rule 5 and Minor League Free Agency Eligible Players

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions wondering who is Rule 5 eligible in the upcoming year. In the past that question would be asked with the focus on building for the future. This year the questions have been geared more towards trading from the Rule 5 eligible players at the deadline in order to add to the major league team. The idea is that the Pirates will have a lot of players to protect since they’ve got a...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Both Win Streaks Snapped, Rodriguez Pitches Gem
Jul06

DSL Prospect Watch: Both Win Streaks Snapped, Rodriguez Pitches Gem

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Rockies 8, Pirates 2 Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (2.57) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Julio de la Cruz, DH (.222) – 1-for-3, HR, RBI Other Notable...

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Jon Sandfort: The Next Prep Pitcher to Watch?
Jul05

Jon Sandfort: The Next Prep Pitcher to Watch?

The Pirates have had a strategy over the last few years in the draft. Take hard to sign prep pitchers in the middle rounds of the draft, give them over-slot bonuses, and hope they develop into solid starters. With any luck, you’ll see one or two pitchers take that unseen leap from a somewhat unknown player to a potential top of the rotation starter. The Pirates have already seen that twice. Tyler Glasnow is emerging with the...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Win Streaks For Both Pirates Affiliates
Jul05

DSL Prospect Watch: Win Streaks For Both Pirates Affiliates

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Pirates 9, Rockies 4 Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (5.48) – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, SS (352.) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI Other Notable...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Drop Mets and Reds
Jul04

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Drop Mets and Reds

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Pirates 6, Mets2 1 in 10 innings Starting Pitcher: Jandy Vasquez, RHP (5.56) – 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Ramses Pena, 1B (.344) – 3-for-5, RBI Other Notable...

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Pirates’ Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball’s Best Team
Jul04

Pirates’ Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball’s Best Team

It’s Saturday in Pittsburgh, a hot but tolerable 76-degree evening with a late sunset. Tonight, a full PNC Park will watch Dan Fox beat Rickie Weeks at baseball. Dan Fox is 45 years old, tall but hardly wiry, bald and framed by Oakley glasses. His former internet baseball column was named after physicist Erwin Schrödinger and his Xbox gamertag is inspired by a work of John Milton. Rickie Weeks is 30, shorter than average height...

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