First Pitch: The Annual “West Virginia is the Team to Watch” Post
Feb27

First Pitch: The Annual “West Virginia is the Team to Watch” Post

Earlier today, Baseball Prospectus rated the Pittsburgh Pirates with the third best farm system in baseball. They’ve been rated in the top three by pretty much every outlet, so the ranking isn’t the big news that came out of that article. The most encouraging thing was that BP said the Pirates had the talent to remain a top three farm system for years to come, even after they graduate Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco to...

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Baseball Prospectus Ranks the Pirates With the Number Three Farm System
Feb26

Baseball Prospectus Ranks the Pirates With the Number Three Farm System

Baseball Prospectus is the next outlet to rank the Pittsburgh Pirates with a top three farm system. The outlet released their farm system rankings this morning, putting the Pirates third behind the Twins (1) and Cubs (2). The Pirates have been ranked in the top three in all of the main ranking lists. Baseball America and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com had them number one. Keith Law also had them third. BP had good things to say in their...

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Taiwan is a Baseball Hotbed, and the Pirates are Getting a Strong Presence There
Feb25

Taiwan is a Baseball Hotbed, and the Pirates are Getting a Strong Presence There

“We’re working very hard to be global. Not just in the Dominican, but as we spread out, there’s ballplayers everywhere, and our challenge is to go find them, as it is for the other 29 teams.” That was Clint Hurdle when I talked to him last week about the talent that is coming to the Pirates out of Latin America. Hurdle probably didn’t have to point that out. The track record for the Pirates speaks for...

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Getting a Good Look at Catching Prospect Jin-De Jhang
Nov11

Getting a Good Look at Catching Prospect Jin-De Jhang

Twitter follower @27imokemp, who runs a Pirates blog called U Gotta Believe, passed along a video of Jin-De Jhang this afternoon. For those of you who don’t know, Jhang is a catching prospect in the lower levels. He was signed out of Taiwan in late 2011 for $250,000. He’s been on the radar as a prospect to watch in the lower levels, although he’s still raw in some areas, and is mostly potential at this point....

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Catcher
Oct31

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Catcher

It was almost one year ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin to a two-year deal. The move ended up being outstanding, although it wasn’t seen as an earth shattering move at the time. Some pointed to Martin’s .211 batting average the previous year. Some felt that a combination of Tony Sanchez and Michael McKenry could do the same as Martin for cheaper. Some worried about Martin’s numbers declining. I...

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