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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2014 Baseball America Top 10 Pirates Prospects
Nov18

2014 Baseball America Top 10 Pirates Prospects

Baseball America released their 2014 top ten prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates today. The write-up and the top tools can be seen here. The scouting reports for subscribers can be found here. Below are the rankings, along with some thoughts. 1. Gregory Polanco 2. Jameson Taillon 3. Tyler Glasnow 4. Austin Meadows 5. Nick Kingham 6. Alen Hanson 7. Josh Bell 8. Reese McGuire 9. Harold Ramirez 10. Luis Heredia Ben Badler describes the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Arizona Fall League Season Recap
Nov15

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Arizona Fall League Season Recap

The Arizona Fall League ended on Thursday with a 3-2 loss for the Pittsburgh Pirates players and their Scottsdale Scorpions team. The team finished the season with a 10-21 record, but there were some positive signs from the Pirates players assigned to the league. The Pirates sent a total of eight players to the AFL, the last coming when Phil Irwin replaced Jameson Taillon on the roster. They had three position players, Alen Hanson,...

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The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014
Oct22

The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014

One of the biggest keys to the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates was their pitching depth. The Pirates used 12 different starting pitchers, and most of those starters were used in the first three months of the season. That didn’t count guys like Jeff Karstens and Kyle McPherson, who were counted on pre-season as depth options, but weren’t available due to injuries. The off-season focus is always on the five man...

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2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct18

2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona had an impressive group of prospects throughout the year, although they didn’t start off with a good looking team. The breakouts of Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel, plus the mid-season promotions of Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham, turned the Altoona Curve into one of the most talented teams in the minors throughout the 2013 season. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by...

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