Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop
Oct30

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop

In my opinion, shortstop is the hardest position to fill at the major league level. That’s probably not just my opinion. There’s a reason why teams don’t trade young shortstop talent. There’s a reason why guys like Yuniesky Betancourt get starting jobs in the majors. Shortstop is the hardest position to defend, requiring the most athleticism. Catcher might be tied, but catching requires skills completely...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Second Base
Oct14

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Second Base

The most notable thing about Neil Walker’s season might end up being the fact that he went 0-for-19 in the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. That was a poor finish to a decent season for Walker as the starting second baseman. This is the third full season that Walker has been the starter at second, and he has emerged as an average to slightly above average option. The hometown player put up a 2.7 WAR, which tied with two...

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Pirates/Cardinals Game Two Lineups — Mercer Replaces Barmes
Oct04

Pirates/Cardinals Game Two Lineups — Mercer Replaces Barmes

Only one change in the lineups for either team today, and that’s Jordy Mercer replacing Clint Barmes at shortstop and batting eighth. Thoughts below: Pirates 1. Starling Marte, LF 2. Neil Walker, 2B 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4. Justin Morneau, 1B 5. Marlon Byrd, RF 6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B 7. Russell Martin, C 8. Jordy Mercer, SS 9. Gerrit Cole, SP Cardinals 1. Matt Carpenter, 2B 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 4. Matt...

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First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System This Year
Sep27

First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System This Year

This afternoon I had a radio interview with Daniel Dudley of TribLIVE Radio, which has pretty much been a weekly thing each Thursday afternoon this season. Today Dan asked me a question I was all too prepared for, and not because I knew it was coming. The question actually surprised me, but it’s a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot this year. I was asked how this season has felt as someone who has followed the farm...

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Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?
Sep26

Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?

The playoffs are coming up next week, which starts the discussion of playoff rosters. If you’re unfamiliar with the rules for selecting a playoff roster, you can read James Santelli’s article here. The key points are: 1. A player had to be on the 25-man roster, the 15-day or 60-day DL on August 31st to be eligible. 2. Any player on the DL on August 31st who is also on the DL during the playoffs can be replaced by anyone...

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