First Pitch: Why Gregory Polanco Should Be the Next Extension Candidate
Mar27

First Pitch: Why Gregory Polanco Should Be the Next Extension Candidate

Back at the beginning of February, I wrote an article looking at extension candidates for the Pittsburgh Pirates, noting that this was where the team needed to spend their money. Everyone focused on the 2014 payroll this off-season, but two of the best moves that could have been made were the extensions of Charlie Morton, and today’s extension of Starling Marte. Neither of these moves has an impact on the 2014 season, since...

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More Praise For Pirates Young Talent
Mar22

More Praise For Pirates Young Talent

In the latest issue of Baseball America, J.J. Cooper and others ranked the top players by age(from 16 to 25) and the Pittsburgh Pirates had five representatives on the list. For each age, Cooper listed the top five players, so 50 names in all made the list. Michael de la Cruz was named the fifth best 17-year-old. The center fielder was also named one of the top 20 players from the 2013 DSL/VSL season and one of ten international...

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Three Pirates Among Top Young Talent in Baseball
Mar20

Three Pirates Among Top Young Talent in Baseball

Baseball America released two lists today for young talent around baseball. First up was their rankings of top talent among players 25 years old or younger and the Pittsburgh Pirates were ranked 11th overall. Earlier in the month, Baseball Prospectus released a similar list and the Pirates ranked fourth, but their standard for ranking the players was different than Baseball America. BP rated the overall talent among players 25 and...

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Pirate City Notes: Cole Goes 5, Kingham vs Polanco, Heredia Starts
Mar17

Pirate City Notes: Cole Goes 5, Kingham vs Polanco, Heredia Starts

There is a huge storm north of Bradenton, with an 80 percent chance of rain today. Because of this, the Pirates cancelled their minor league games against the Phillies, and had two intrasquad games at Pirate City this afternoon, moving the games up to 9:00 AM instead of the usual 1:00 PM start time. There were a lot of good pitchers to watch, and a lot of good matchups throughout the day. At the end of the day, Gerrit Cole and Tony...

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First Pitch: Make No Mistake, the Pirates Rotation is Set
Mar17

First Pitch: Make No Mistake, the Pirates Rotation is Set

No one from the Pittsburgh Pirates will come out and say the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. But the truth is that the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. In fact, the rotation has been set for a long time. The top three starting pitchers were guaranteed spots coming into the season. Francisco Liriano pitched like an ace last year, and is in year two of his...

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