Are the Pirates the Top Team in Latin America?
Feb20

Are the Pirates the Top Team in Latin America?

The Pittsburgh Pirates will enter the 2014 season with Starling Marte as their starting left-fielder. By mid-season, Gregory Polanco could join the team as the starting right-fielder. Alen Hanson and Joely Rodriguez are both slated to begin the 2014 season in Altoona, and both could arrive in the majors as early as mid-2015. All four players were signed out of the Dominican Republic. The total cost for all four players was under...

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Baseball America Puts Seven Pirates In Their Top 100
Feb19

Baseball America Puts Seven Pirates In Their Top 100

Baseball America released their top 100 prospect list on Wednesday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates had seven players in the top 100. ¬†Down below, you’ll see four other top 100 lists from around the industry and you’ll notice that the Pirates have had 6-7 prospects on each list and eight players total that have made at least three of the five lists. As for Baseball America, this is how they ranked the Pirates prospects....

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First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future
Feb19

First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future

**Earlier today I wrote about Gregory Polanco and some of the defensive adjustments he made last year while he was in Bradenton. Polanco said that adjustment helped him to become a more complete outfielder. Everyone has questions about prospects, even the safe bets like Polanco. For me, Polanco becomes less of a question mark because of his skills in the outfield, and his speed. Those are two skills that translate to every level, and...

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Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X
Feb18

Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X

In the last week I’ve written twice about how the Pittsburgh Pirates plan on utilizing outfield defensive shifts more often in 2014. Clint Hurdle initially talked about it last week, and I spoke with Neal Huntington about the topic, with Huntington noting that this would be different than their approach from a few years ago with outfield shifts. It appears that one big difference will come via new technology. Yesterday Hurdle...

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Why Gregory Polanco Feels Like a More Complete Outfielder Now
Feb18

Why Gregory Polanco Feels Like a More Complete Outfielder Now

Gregory Polanco is not a prospect who has a lot of flaws in his game. He hits for average, has some power, good plate discipline, has a ton of speed, runs the bases well, and has a strong arm and a ton of range in the outfield. If there’s one flaw I saw when watching him during the 2013 season, it was his struggles with running routes. Polanco covers a ton of ground in the outfield, and does fine going left to right. However, he...

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