Jameson Taillon: The 2014 Version of Gerrit Cole
Jan08

Jameson Taillon: The 2014 Version of Gerrit Cole

In 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates saw Gerrit Cole make the jump to the majors in mid-June. By the end of the season, Cole was starting to look like the ace he was projected to become when he was taken first overall in the 2011 draft. The Pirates are hoping for similar results from fellow top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon in 2014. Taillon, taken second overall in 2010, will start the 2014 season in Triple-A, and could very well be in...

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First Pitch: Notes From Day Two of Mini-Camp
Jan08

First Pitch: Notes From Day Two of Mini-Camp

Today was the second day of mini-camp, and it was pretty much identical to day one. If you’ve ever been to minor league Spring Training over at Pirate City, then you’d know the routines. The entire team does their warm up exercises. Then the pitchers do their throwing programs on one field, while the fielders play catch on another field. The position players take fielding drills, and some take batting practice. The...

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First Pitch: The Pirates System is Built For Long Term Success
Jan07

First Pitch: The Pirates System is Built For Long Term Success

For a few moments today, it felt like Spring Training. I was up at 5:30, got to the field at 7:30, and my phone was back on the charger shortly after 11 AM. Of course, it’s not Spring Training. It’s mini-camp, or more accurately it’s “voluntary workouts”, since “mini-camp” is restricted in the new CBA. Also, it’s definitely not Spring Training since it’s supposed to be 35 degrees...

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Jameson Taillon Invited to Major League Spring Training
Jan06

Jameson Taillon Invited to Major League Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have invited Jameson Taillon to Major League Spring Training, according to Chris Cotillo. #Pirates invite RHP Jameson Taillon to major league spring training. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 7, 2014 The news isn’t a big surprise, since Taillon was invited to MLB Spring Training last year, and is closer to the majors this year. He won’t make the team out of camp, but should arrive by...

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14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014
Dec31

14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014

One year ago today, I wrote an article about the 13 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Make a Difference in 2013. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of players last off-season who had a chance to be a top performer, but also came with a risk that they could be as low as a bust. Here were the players I outlined last year, and the results in 2013. 2013 Results Hitters Starling Marte: 4.6 WAR Travis Snider: -0.6 WAR Jerry Sands: Triple-A Jose...

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