First Pitch: The First Baseman of the Future Probably Isn’t Playing First Base
Jan23

First Pitch: The First Baseman of the Future Probably Isn’t Playing First Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates have question marks at first base and right field entering the 2014 season. If you look through the farm system for long-term answers in right field, you don’t have to go far to find the right-fielder of the future. His name is Gregory Polanco, and he should arrive in mid-2014. If you go through the farm system looking for the first baseman of the future, you’re not going to find any leading...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #8 – Josh Bell
Jan22

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #8 – Josh Bell

The Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2014 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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First Pitch: When Should Players Change Positions?
Jan09

First Pitch: When Should Players Change Positions?

There are two types of questions I get often involving players changing positions. Usually the questions surround a position of immediate need for the Pirates. This year all of the questions involve first base. The questions have the focus of filling a first base need, either in the short-term or the long-term. I answer them all the time, but felt I would expand on each answer here. Short-Term The short-term questions usually involve...

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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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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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