All-Stars Responsible for Pirates’ Early-Season Recovery
Jul15

All-Stars Responsible for Pirates’ Early-Season Recovery

Follow @NateBarnes_ Follow @pirateprospects The Pittsburgh Pirates began the 2014 season in a fashion rather unbecoming after they finally ended professional sports’ longest losing streak with 95 victories last year and pushed the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals to five games in the 2013 National League Division Series. By May 20, the Pirates were 8 games under .500 at 18-26, 8 games back of the first-place Milwaukee...

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First Pitch: The Unfortunate Landscape of Professional Sports
Jul12

First Pitch: The Unfortunate Landscape of Professional Sports

I grew up a Baltimore Orioles fan, and a Cal Ripken Jr. fan. Because of that, I got to experience something that is extremely rare in sports these days: watching your favorite player play for your favorite team his entire career. Earlier today, in non-baseball news, LeBron James signed a deal to return to Cleveland. I’m not a basketball fan at all, but it’s pretty impossible to avoid the drama that surrounds LeBron James...

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Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, and Tony Watson Named NL All-Stars
Jul06

Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, and Tony Watson Named NL All-Stars

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have three representatives in the NL All-Star game this year, as Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, and Tony Watson have all been named to the team. McCutchen was named to the team for the fourth year in a row. He led all NL outfielders with 4,519,440 votes. He’s also the first Pirates player to start an All-Star game since Jason Bay in 2006. McCutchen currently has a .322/.423/.542 line in 383 plate...

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First Pitch: International Signing Recap, McCutchen, Kingham, Meadows
Jul03

First Pitch: International Signing Recap, McCutchen, Kingham, Meadows

The Pirates were busy today with the opening of the 2014-15 International Signing Period. They signed five players to six-figure deals, with the biggest deal going to outfielder Yondry Contreras. The International Signing Tracker can be found here, and keeps track of the players signed and the bonus pool spent. Here is a link to information on each player signed.   Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Outfielder Yondry Contreras Pirates Sign...

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Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Month
Jul02

Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Month

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been named the National League Player of the Month for June. He led the league with 20 extra-base hits during the month, hitting eight homers and driving in 25 runs, both of which tied for the NL lead. He finished second in the NL last month in hits, doubles and slugging percentage. In 26 games, he had a .343/.410/.686 slash line. Earlier in the month, McCutchen was named the NL...

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