• The Transformation of Phil Irwin From a 21st Round Pick to a Legit Prospect

    Phil Irwin had a 2.83 ERA in 130.1 innings last year, with an 8.1 K/9 and a 1.7 BB/9. When the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Phil Irwin, he was known as the other pitcher from Mississippi in the 2009 draft. The Pirates also selected Nate Baker in the 5th round that year. Baker...

  • Tony Sanchez Has the Defense, But Can He Hit in the Majors?

    Tony Sanchez hit eight homers in 206 at-bats in Triple-A last year. One thing that will probably always surround Tony Sanchez is the controversy of his selection in the 2009 draft. The Pirates passed on a group of highly rated prep pitchers to take Sanchez fourth overall. The selection was made for...

  • 2013 Could Be the Season Where Jameson Taillon is Finally Unleashed

    Jameson Taillon throwing to Tony Sanchez in Thursday's start. Jameson Taillon had an up and down year in 2012. He started off the season with seven amazing outings, combining for six earned runs in 36.2 innings, with a 36:7 K/BB ratio. From there, things went steadily down hill for the next two...

  • Contract Notes For Inge And Sanchez

    It was noted on Baseball America today by Matt Eddy, that the contracts for Brandon Inge and Jonathan Sanchez has some new stipulations that came along with the latest MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new contracts come with three clauses and are applicable for any major league free agents that sign minor...

  • Pirates Name Burnett Opening Day Starter

    Clint Hurdle has announced today that A.J. Burnett will be his Opening Day starter when the Pirates take on the Chicago Cubs on Monday, April 1st at PNC Park. He has also announced that Wandy Rodriguez will get the start in game two on Wednesday night. After that, the rest of the...

  • McPherson Rated Among Top Rookie Pitchers

    Fangraphs has released their top five rookie-eligible pitchers and hitters list for the 2013 season. Kyle McPherson was placed second on their list, alongside some big name prospects. Their ZiPS line for McPherson this season has him pitching 126 innings, with a 6.2 K/9 and a 1.6 WAR. McPherson will battle it...

  • Larry Broadway Statement on Tyler Gaffney Returning to Stanford

    Pittsburgh Pirates farm director Larry Broadway addressed Tyler Gaffney's return to football with the following statement: “We have spoken with Tyler and he has decided to put his professional baseball career on hold in order to complete his undergraduate degree at Stanford and play his senior year with the football team.  He...

  • Contract Notes: Karstens, J. Sanchez, G. Sanchez, Hawpe, Inge

    Jeff Karstens can make an additional $1 M in performance bonuses. - Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates Tom Singer has a few contract details and incentives for some of the players in major league camp. The details can be read here. My thoughts on each player below. **Jeff Karstens has $1 M in...

  • Baseball Prospectus Predicts 79 Wins For the Pirates

    Baseball Prospectus has released their pre-season playoff odds and predictions, and have the Pittsburgh Pirates projected for a 79-83 record. The odds give the Pirates a 17% chance of making the playoffs, which is made up of a 6.8% chance of winning the division, and a 10.2% chance of winning a Wild...

  • Travis Snider Picked as a Breakout Candidate

    Baseball Prospectus released a list of nine breakout candidates, with each writer picking one player to have a breakout season in the majors in 2013 (h/t Rumbunter). One of the breakout candidates was Travis Snider, who looks to be the favorite to win the starting right field job. Hudson Belinsky picked Snider...

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