• The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team

    The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare...

  • 2013 GCL Pirates Season Preview

    The GCL Pirates started their 2013 season today, losing 6-4 to the GCL Yankees. In the past...

  • 2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Preview

    The 2013 Jamestown Jammers season begins today. Some of you may be wondering "Who are the Jamestown...

  • 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Dominican Summer League Preview

    The 2013 Dominican Summer League begins play on Saturday, with both Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates in the league taking the field, one of them as the defending champions. The league has a 72 game schedule and runs through the end of August. While the Pirates have two different teams in the league, known...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Minor League Previews

    Today is Opening Day for the 2013 Minor League Baseball season. All four full-season Pirates affiliates play this evening, and the starting pitchers can be found on the daily schedule. This week we've been previewing the four affiliates who will be starting their season, along with some analysis for each level of...

  • Is West Virginia Primed For Another Year of Breakout Players?

    I don't like same-organization player comps. I think they're lazy, and provide a very limited view. Yet we see them all the time. When the Pirates have a left-handed pitching prospect, he's just the next Zach Duke or Paul Maholm. The only reason he's compared to those players is because that's the...

  • 2013 Bradenton Marauders Season Preview

    The 2013 minor league season begins on Thursday. In the days leading up to the opener, I will be previewing the full season affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here is a look at the 2013 Bradenton Marauders, who will feature 2012 breakout prospects Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco on their Opening Day...

  • 2013 West Virginia Power Season Preview

    The 2013 minor league season begins on Thursday. In the days leading up to the opener, I will be previewing the full season affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here is a look at the 2013 West Virginia Power, who will feature top prospects Josh Bell and Dilson Herrera on their Opening Day...

  • 8 prospects, 8 questions: An initial look at the Altoona Curve’s top prospects

    One fun aspect of prospect analysis is that it truly is an adventure in ‘prospecting’— looking for gold amongst the less valuable pebbles. We deal in long shots, not sure things. We speculate and ask questions that we can’t assuredly answer, use information to make a projection, and then we wait and...

  • Which Prospects From Indianapolis Will Help the Pirates This Year?

    Earlier I posted the 2013 Indianapolis Indians preview. The Triple-A squad is going to be where most of the replacements are going to come from for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year. Here is a look at some of the options in Triple-A. The goal here is to get an idea of who...

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