Winter Leagues: Polanco Leads Team to Win Over Contreras
Nov13

Winter Leagues: Polanco Leads Team to Win Over Contreras

In the Dominican on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI in his team’s 5-1 win. Both the walk and single came off Jose Contreras, who walked and got a fly ball out from Polanco last time they faced each other a month ago. Polanco is hitting .328 in 18 games, with 15 runs scored, 15 RBI’s and 14 walks. He ranks second in the DWL with a 1.041 OPS. Matt Hague played for the first time in...

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First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?
Nov01

First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?

It’s time to put on the General Manager hats. Over the last few weeks I’ve been recapping the 2013 season, providing a look ahead at each position for 2014, and looking at possible free agents for certain positions. What we know is that the Pirates will have question marks at first base, right field, and starting pitcher. There are other concerns, such as the backup middle infield spot, and which catcher will take the...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco’s Hit Streak Reaches Nine
Oct29

Winter Leagues: Polanco’s Hit Streak Reaches Nine

In the Dominican on Monday night, Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak that started on Opening Day, to nine games. In his second at bat, he lined a single up the middle for his only hit of the night. On Monday, we posted a season recap of the 2013 Pirates right fielders, then questioned whether signing a free agent right fielder this off-season was the right thing to do. One thing of interest this Winter League season, is the...

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First Pitch: Thinking Outside the Box in Right Field
Oct29

First Pitch: Thinking Outside the Box in Right Field

Earlier today I looked at the right field position for the 2013 season, then looked at the free agent options this off-season. Right field was an issue for the Pirates this year, to the point that they had to trade for Marlon Byrd before the August trade deadline to shore up the position. In the future, right field won’t be an issue with Gregory Polanco close to the majors, and likely arriving during the 2014 season. As I...

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Does a Free Agent Make Sense For the Pirates in Right Field?
Oct28

Does a Free Agent Make Sense For the Pirates in Right Field?

One of the few positions of need in 2014 is right field. As I pointed out in the 2013 right field recap, the Pirates struggled throughout the 2013 season with their right fielders. That changed in late August when they traded for Marlon Byrd, although Byrd is a free agent this off-season and will likely be looking for a multi-year deal after his career year at the age of 36. The Pirates may only need a replacement option for a few...

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