First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System This Year
Sep27

First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System This Year

This afternoon I had a radio interview with Daniel Dudley of TribLIVE Radio, which has pretty much been a weekly thing each Thursday afternoon this season. Today Dan asked me a question I was all too prepared for, and not because I knew it was coming. The question actually surprised me, but it’s a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot this year. I was asked how this season has felt as someone who has followed the farm...

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Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?
Sep26

Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?

The playoffs are coming up next week, which starts the discussion of playoff rosters. If you’re unfamiliar with the rules for selecting a playoff roster, you can read James Santelli’s article here. The key points are: 1. A player had to be on the 25-man roster, the 15-day or 60-day DL on August 31st to be eligible. 2. Any player on the DL on August 31st who is also on the DL during the playoffs can be replaced by anyone...

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First Pitch: First to the Majors Doesn’t Equal Best in the Draft
Sep25

First Pitch: First to the Majors Doesn’t Equal Best in the Draft

In 2008 Jay Bruce made it to the majors and hit 21 home runs in 413 at-bats, finishing fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Bruce was taken one pick after Andrew McCutchen, which had people questioning the selection of McCutchen. At the time, McCutchen was in the middle of a season where he had a .770 OPS in Triple-A. Bruce remains a good player, but McCutchen has turned into an MVP. Justin Smoak reached the majors in April of...

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Gerrit Cole Continues His Ace-Like Month of September
Sep25

Gerrit Cole Continues His Ace-Like Month of September

There weren’t many innings where tonight’s game was in question. The only time it was really close was in the sixth inning. Gerrit Cole had gone five innings, giving up just one run, but ran into trouble in the sixth and put the game on the line despite a five run lead. The right-hander started off with two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs. He got Anthony Rizzo to ground to Jordy Mercer, who misplayed what...

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First Pitch: Gerrit Cole Starting to Look Like an Ace When it Counts
Sep20

First Pitch: Gerrit Cole Starting to Look Like an Ace When it Counts

Gerrit Cole has always projected as the future ace of the Pittsburgh Pirates. That future could be sooner than expected. Tonight Cole had another dominant start, which was his third straight outing where he posted a high strikeout total. This time Cole struck out 12 in 6 innings, which is a remarkable total. That gives him 28 strikeouts in 20 innings over his last three starts. He had 29 strikeouts in 35.2 innings in his six starts...

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