First Pitch: Thoughts on Polanco’s Demotion, Snider’s Breakout, and More
Aug26

First Pitch: Thoughts on Polanco’s Demotion, Snider’s Breakout, and More

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several roster moves today, with the biggest one being the swap of Gregory Polanco for Jose Tabata. The decision to send Polanco down is only short-term, as he will be returning in about a week when the minor league season is over. Until then, you can expect Travis Snider to get most of the playing time in right field. I had some thoughts on the series of moves, presented below in no formal order. **First,...

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Gregory Polanco Sent to AAA
Aug25

Gregory Polanco Sent to AAA

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have sent Gregory Polanco to Triple-A. The move will be short-term, as the minor league season only has a week left. As he says in the tweet below, no corresponding move has been announced. Source: #Pirates send Polanco to AAA. No word yet on corresponding move. Figures to be short-term demotion; rosters expand Monday. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 25, 2014 Polanco...

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Gregory Polanco, Willy Garcia, and Elias Diaz Get Some Good Recognition
Aug07

Gregory Polanco, Willy Garcia, and Elias Diaz Get Some Good Recognition

Baseball America has been rolling out their annual Best Tools lists for every level, and has a few members of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization recognized. The MLB version saw Andrew McCutchen named as the second best hitter, the best strike zone judgment, the third best base runner, and the most exciting player. Edinson Volquez was also named with the third best fastball, behind Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel, which was...

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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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