The ‘Stubborn’ Approach That Has the Pirates Leading the NL in OBP
Jul20

The ‘Stubborn’ Approach That Has the Pirates Leading the NL in OBP

Follow @NateBarnes_ Follow @pirateprospects When the Pittsburgh Pirates began the 2014 season, an offensive approach touting the importance of on-base percentage was emphasized after the team finished ninth in the National League with a below-average .313 clip. After 97 games this season, the Pirates lead the National League with a .332 OBP, and are scoring over 4 runs per game. Year On-Base Percentage League Rank Runs Per Game League...

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The Latest on the Gregory Polanco Extension Talk
Jun28

The Latest on the Gregory Polanco Extension Talk

An extension for Gregory Polanco has been a hot topic this year. The Pirates made Polanco an offer during Spring Training, which was rejected. Earlier this week, Polanco said he was still open to negotiations on a deal. Jon Heyman has the latest on where the two sides stand, which apparently is still far apart. Heyman says that the Pirates have made a few offers for different lengths, including one believed to be a ten-year extension,...

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Pirates Still Discussing Extension With Gregory Polanco
Jun25

Pirates Still Discussing Extension With Gregory Polanco

Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.comĀ (via MLBTR) reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are still discussing a long-term extension with outfielder Gregory Polanco. About a month ago, it was reported that the Pirates offered Polanco a $25 M guaranteed deal, which would have bought out control of three of his free agent years. The deal reportedly had a total value of between $50-60 M. Rojas quotes Polanco (in Spanish), who says that the two...

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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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Prospect Highlights: One Last Polanco Hit, Home Run From Tony Sanchez
Jun11

Prospect Highlights: One Last Polanco Hit, Home Run From Tony Sanchez

Gregory Polanco made his Major League debut on Tuesday night and went 1-for-5 with a run scored. We have seen his highlights all season from Indianapolis and even made a top ten list yesterday showing each of his five tools. While he technically still has 125 at-bats in the Majors before he loses his prospect status, it is highly unlikely he will return to the minors. With that in mind, here is one last Prospect Highlight from this...

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