• Another Steroid Controversy For Ryan Braun

    Last week several big names were involved in the latest steroid controversy surrounding Major League Baseball. Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports have a new name -- Milwaukee's Ryan Braun. According to the article, Braun's name shows up on three Biogenesis clinic records. Braun's name isn't listed next to any...

  • Is Cost Certainty Better Than Roster Flexibility?

    Is it better to have cost certainty or payroll flexibility when building a team?

  • Breaking Down the Justin Upton Trade to the Braves

    We've been hearing a lot of Justin Upton rumors over the last two years. The Pirates were involved in some of those discussions around the trade deadline. Today Upton was dealt to the Atlanta Braves as part of a seven player deal. Here is the breakdown of the trade, including their trade...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Playing in the World Baseball Classic

    The 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters were announced today on MLB.com. Below are the players in the Pittsburgh Pirates system who are playing in the event. Australia Stefan Welch - Welch was signed by the Pirates last year and hit for a .266/.339/.416 line in 440 at-bats between high-A and Double-A. He...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Spring Training Tracker

    Today I uploaded the Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Spring Training Tracker to the site. This is the third year in a row that we've had the tracker on the site. Prior to Spring Training it will show all of the non-roster invitees who are invited to camp, along with the chances of each player...

  • Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell Q&A on MiLB.com

    Gregory Polanco MiLB.com held a Q&A with two Pirates prospects, Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell. To read the Q&A, click here. Some of the highlights: **Polanco mentioned that he's trying to get stronger, and up to 225 pounds. He says he's at 220 pounds. He mentioned his goal was to add the...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 ZiPS Projections Released

    Over at FanGraphs, Dan Szymborski's ZiPS projections for the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates have been released. A few of the highlights from the projections. **Andrew McCutchen is projected to lead the team with a 5.3 WAR. ZiPS has him projected with a .283/.369/.480 line and 24 homers. **The article points out that McCutchen...

  • Link Roundup: Kyle McPherson, Jameson Taillon, Kris Johnson, Gerrit Cole

    A few links to check out this morning. Kyle McPherson will be ready for Spring Training. **Rob Biertempfel spoke with Kyle McPherson, and notes that the right-hander will be ready for Spring Training. McPherson made one start in the Dominican Winter Leagues, then was removed due to shoulder tendonitis. It was the...

  • The Updated 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Bullpen

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made some big changes to their bullpen over the last few weeks. They traded Chris Resop, signed Jason Grilli, traded Joel Hanrahan, and acquired Mark Melancon in that same trade. Now that the Hanrahan trade is done, let's take a look at the makeup of the new bullpen....

  • Where Would the New Prospects Fit in the 2013 Top 50?

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