“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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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation
Feb12

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training tomorrow, with pitchers and catchers reporting today. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming tomorrow. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield Today we take a look at the starting rotation. The Phillies signed A.J. Burnett this afternoon, which means 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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First Pitch: This is Where the Pirates Need to Spend Money
Feb05

First Pitch: This is Where the Pirates Need to Spend Money

A few years ago, we asked Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly if the team could eventually afford a $70-80 M payroll. He answered that the team could afford that payroll after attendance increased. That led to a series of expectations. 1. The Pirates would eventually become competitive. 2. The attendance would increase due to the Pirates winning. 3. The payroll would go up. Number three on that list has always been the focus...

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Taillon and Glasnow Named Among the Top Pitching Prospect Duos
Feb04

Taillon and Glasnow Named Among the Top Pitching Prospect Duos

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have released their top pitching prospect duos in the minor leagues. Callis had Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow third overall on his list, while Mayo had that combo first overall. The best part about these rankings is that they don’t include Gerrit Cole, who lost prospect eligibility last year. Callis has the Rockies (Jon Gray and Eddie Butler) and the Orioles (Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman) ahead...

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