• 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...

  • 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...

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