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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Outfield Defensive Shifts Might be the Next Big Thing for the Pirates
Feb14

Outfield Defensive Shifts Might be the Next Big Thing for the Pirates

Last year we focused on the defensive shifts that were employed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, aimed at getting better results for their ground ball heavy pitchers. James Santelli broke it down last summer, and pointed out the impact the shifts were having on the overall success of the team. As a side note, that article by James has been nominated for a SABR award, and the details to vote for the article can be found here. The Pirates...

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“We’re always going to rely heavily upon developing our own talent”
Feb13

“We’re always going to rely heavily upon developing our own talent”

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle met with the media this afternoon, following the first day of Spring Training workouts. Hurdle was asked about some of the prospects in the system who could make the majors this season. “We’ve got some much heralded young players coming up,” Hurdle said. “Guys like Taillon. Guys like Sadler, Thornton, Polanco, Hanson. Tony Sanchez is still right there, involved in that...

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Fangraphs Has Seven Pirates In Their Top 100 Prospects
Feb11

Fangraphs Has Seven Pirates In Their Top 100 Prospects

Fangraphs released their top 100 prospects list today and seven Pittsburgh Pirates players are listed. No other team had more prospects on the list, while both the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox had seven apiece. Below is their ranking of Pirates players, along with some other top 100 rankings that came out recently. Gregory Polanco was tops among all Pirates players for Fangraphs, coming in at the 17th spot. On MLB.com’s top...

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