• 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...

  • 2013 Indianapolis Indians 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 Indianapolis Indians, who will feature top prospect Gerrit Cole on their Opening Day roster. Lineup C -...

  • 2013 Altoona Curve 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 Altoona Curve, who will feature top prospect Jameson Taillon on their Opening Day roster. Lineup C -...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Previews

    In the last week we've been previewing the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates season. Below are all of the links to the season previews. Season Previews 21 Questions to Answer - by James Santelli Analyzing the Opening Day Roster - by Tim Williams Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Opening Day Payroll Positional Previews The Infield - by Tom Bragg...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Opening Day Payroll

    USA Today has released their 2013 salary database, giving us a look at the league minimum salaries. That is always the final thing needed for the 2013 40-man payroll page. I've updated the payroll page with the new numbers, and the Pirates will be entering the season with an estimated payroll of...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: 21 Questions to Answer

    It's Opening Day, those two sweet words marking an event beloved by fans of all 30 teams. No more frivolous exhibition games or exaggerated position battles. It's a day indisputably tied to ideas of hope, but also to wondering and questions that will take 162 games to answer. Tom and Tim gave...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bench

    We've already touched on the platoons of Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider/Jose Tabata in the previews of the infield and outfield, so for today's preview of the bench players the focus will be on Michael McKenry, John McDonald and Josh Harrison. Michael McKenry will be the backup catcher again this year....

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bullpen

    There's a debate this year about whether the Pittsburgh Pirates have a quality bullpen. Some argue that the bullpen is very talented, with a lot of hard throwers who have put up quality ratios throughout their careers. Others point out the question marks. They believe in the "Proven Closer" theory, which discounts...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Outfield

    It should be an interesting season for the Pirates outfield. At one position you have a perennial All-Star entering the prime of his career with the weight of a fan base on his shoulders. At another position you have a raw talent entering his first full major league season and a potential revolving door...

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