Reverse Trade Values: Pirates Becoming Buyers

In the past I’ve done this trade values series solely on what our trade chips have been worth.  However, the term “trade chips” has been limited to the people the Pittsburgh Pirates could eventually deal as sellers.  I mentioned that Joel Hanrahan (article here) and Paul Maholm (article here) could get good returns, but that Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder (article here) probably wouldn’t see much, and that was...

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Kyle McPherson Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right handed pitching prospect Kyle McPherson to Altoona, according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror.  Giger notes that McPherson will make his debut on Friday. McPherson had a great year with the Bradenton Marauders, with a 2.89 ERA in 71.2 innings, along with a 60:6 K/BB ratio.  This follows a year where he posted a 3.59 ERA in 117.2 innings in West Virginia, with a 124:31 K/BB ratio....

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Five Marauders Named to FSL All-Star Team

Jarek Cunningham, Aaron Baker, Ramon Cabrera, Kyle McPherson, and Brett Lorin were all named to the Florida State League All-Star team today, according to a Bradenton Marauders press release. Cunningham is currently hitting for a .289/.337/.599 line, with an organizational best 11 homers in 187 at-bats. Baker is hitting for a .270/.341/.443 line in 185 at-bats, with seven homers.  He struggled in the month of May, with a...

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Kyle McPherson Throws a One Hitter

Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Kyle McPherson threw a one hitter tonight for the Bradenton Marauders, leading them to a 4-1 win over Brevard County.  McPherson took a no-hitter in to the ninth inning, before allowing a solo homer with one out, ending the no-hit campaign, as well as the shutout. The start is just another amazing accomplishment for McPherson, who has arguably been one of the best pitchers in the system, statistically, over...

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Grading the Results from the Fastball Academy

Every pitcher must pitch off their fastball and you would think that reinforcing the location of it would be a first step for every organization. Most likely it is, but the Pirates have placed extra emphasis on it.

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