Why You Can’t Go On Stats Alone

I’m a big stats guy.  I think that stats are extremely important in the game of baseball when it comes to evaluating players.  I think that when it comes down to “the eye test”, a lot of subjectivity can be inserted in to the analysis.  More often than not, when people watch players, they’re watching them with a pre-conceived notion.  If they go in thinking the player is good, they’ll excuse his poor...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Kyle McPherson

When the Pittsburgh Pirates added right handed pitcher Kyle McPherson to the 40-man roster this past off-season, it was seen as a surprise.  McPherson was coming off a strong season in low-A, in which he posted a 3.59 ERA in 117.2 innings, along with a 124:31 K/BB ratio.  His strikeout rate was the best in the organization among starting pitchers.  The surprise was due to McPherson’s low level, as he had only four innings above...

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Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Starting Pitchers

The first in a series of 3 articles will present trade chips for potential trading partners with the Pirates. This article will focus on Starting Pitcher prospects in the full-season leagues.

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Is the 2007 Draft Better Than We Thought?

We all know that the Pirates made a mistake when they passed over Matt Wieters in the 2007 draft, but for the people who follow the draft closely, the rest of the draft looked even worse with a bunch of overdrafts and roster fillers. Now it should be noted that just four years later only six of the players signed are still in the system, but it’s starting to look like the 2007 draft is actually paying off for the Pirates,...

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Interview with Jim Callis from Baseball America

Two weeks ago, Tim Williams asked the loyal readers of Pirates Prospects for their input on the site and what we can do to improve it.  One of the comments was that readers would like to see a national, objective viewpoint on some Pirate prospects.  This was an excellent idea as there is the danger of being in an “echo chamber” where everyone says the same thing and a hive-mind develops. To that end, Pirates Prospects went...

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