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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John Sickels Releases Top 20 Pirates Prospect List
Mar25

John Sickels Releases Top 20 Pirates Prospect List

Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels has released his list of the Pittsburgh Pirates Top 20 Prospects. No surprises at the top, as Gregory Polanco sits in the first spot, followed by Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows.  Sickels has the same ten prospects in the top ten that almost every other list has, just a slightly different order. In spots 5-10, he has Nick Kingham, Josh Bell, Alen Hanson, Luis Heredia, Reese...

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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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First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Volquez, Sanchez, and Depth
Mar20

First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Volquez, Sanchez, and Depth

I don’t really have a central theme for the night, but have a few thoughts to expand upon today’s articles, along with some thoughts on tonight’s game. **Wandy Rodriguez going four innings tonight was big. The rotation looks much better with Rodriguez looking healthy this year. If he can return and look like he did with the Pirates before his injury, that will be a big boost to the rotation. Brandon Cumpton going 4.2...

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