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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First Pitch: Don’t Look Now, But the Pirates Have an Offense
Jun24

First Pitch: Don’t Look Now, But the Pirates Have an Offense

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates won because of their pitching. The pitching staff as a whole combined for a 3.58 xFIP, which tied the Atlanta Braves for third in the majors, and second in the NL. The offense was middle of the pack, by advanced metrics, with the Pirates ranking 13th in baseball with a 98 wRC+. The actual results under-performed the advanced metrics, leading to the Pirates finishing in the bottom third in runs scored....

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Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Week
Jun16

Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been named the National League Player of the Week for the week ending June 15th. During the week, McCutchen led the Majors with four homers, 13 RBIs, 30 total bases and a 1.034 OPS. Among NL players, he led with a .483 average and .559 on base percentage. He had at least one hit in every game last week and currently has an 11 game hit streak. This is the...

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First Pitch: Did the Pirates Make Gregory Polanco a Fair Offer?
May07

First Pitch: Did the Pirates Make Gregory Polanco a Fair Offer?

The value of extensions are often distorted by unfair comparisons to free agency. When a guy signs a pre-free agency extension, the reaction is usually that the team got a huge deal, due to the low cost in comparison to the outrageous free agent contracts. Take Andrew McCutchen as an example. That extension — $51.5 M for six years — is seen as a massive value, especially when guys like Jacoby Ellsbury are getting $150 M...

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