2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball
Oct16

2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball

Prior to the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a big extension. The deal paid him $51.5 M, locking up all of his arbitration years and buying out control of three free agent years. That season, McCutchen responded with a 6.8 WAR, went on to win an MVP award the next year, and the extension started looking like a massive value for the Pirates. They might have gotten the same massive value with Starling...

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2014 Recaps: The Pirates Have Finally Found Their Shortstop in Jordy Mercer
Oct15

2014 Recaps: The Pirates Have Finally Found Their Shortstop in Jordy Mercer

The Pittsburgh Pirates may finally have a shortstop for the foreseeable future. The team hasn’t had a solid shortstop since they traded away Jack Wilson in 2009, with Wilson nearing the end of his career. They went with Ronny Cedeno, then defensive specialist Clint Barmes, before giving Jordy Mercer a shot in 2013. Mercer did well in his time at the position last year, but not good enough to look like more than a stopgap option...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Second Base Recap: Examining Neil Walker’s Career Year
Oct14

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Second Base Recap: Examining Neil Walker’s Career Year

Coming into the 2014 season, there were questions about which Neil Walker would show up. The second baseman had shown some positive trends the last few years, and if those trends continued, he could have been primed for a huge season offensively. That’s exactly what happened in 2014. Here is a quick look at those trends, and the 2014 results. ISO 2010 – .167 2011 – .134 2012 – .146 2013 – .167 2014...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Center Field Recap: Another MVP Season For McCutchen?
Oct13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Center Field Recap: Another MVP Season For McCutchen?

Each year we do a recap of every position at the major league level for the Pittsburgh Pirates, taking a look at how the 2014 season went at that position, along with the future of the position. Each year there is no position easier than the center field position. The Pirates have no question marks surrounding their center field position, either in the short-term or long-term. They’ve got Andrew McCutchen, who is one of the best...

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How the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Season Was Like a Season of Boardwalk Empire
Oct05

How the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Season Was Like a Season of Boardwalk Empire

By now you’ve probably read several season recaps for the Pittsburgh Pirates. You might be starting to move away from the disappointment of the Pirates losing the Wild Card, while looking forward to the off-season and next season. I wanted to wait a few days to do my season recap and off-season preview, just to digest everything that happened this year. In doing so, I came to the realization that the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Recaps and Top 10 Lists
Sep29

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Recaps and Top 10 Lists

Yesterday we completed the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates minor league recaps, finishing with the GCL Pirates. Each recap featured notes on all of the best prospects at each level, along with a season-ending top 10 list. The lists are basically rough draft versions, which will be finalized in the 2015 Prospect Guide. Our top 50 prospects for the 2015 season will also be included in the upcoming Prospect Guide. That will go on pre-sale at...

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