First Pitch: The Importance of Having Plenty of Pitching Prospects
Jan06

First Pitch: The Importance of Having Plenty of Pitching Prospects

I’ve never really believed in the “TINSTAAPP” line of thinking. That’s an acronym for “There is no such thing as a pitching prospect,” and maybe I don’t believe in it because some people take it too literally to avoid pitchers entirely. I also don’t like it, because I feel that pitchers are unfairly classified here. The idea behind this is that pitchers are no sure thing, in large part...

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The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015
Dec31

The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015

For the last two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ve written about the boom or bust players who could make a difference for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming season. The 2013 group included players like Francisco Liriano, Starling Marte, and Mark Melancon. The 2014 group had guys like Jordy Mercer, Travis Snider, and Edinson Volquez. All of those guys helped¬†the Pirates making the playoffs two years in a row. The 2013...

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First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond
Dec16

First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day.¬†Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it out for the final spot. Beyond those six pitchers,...

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Pirates Add Four to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Ike Davis
Nov20

Pirates Add Four to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Ike Davis

Today is the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. Yesterday I wrote about the protection process, along with who should be protected this year. The Pirates have until 11:59 PM EST tonight to set their rosters. In previous years, the official announcements have come anywhere from 1 PM to after 9 PM. Usually by this point, the players who will be protected have been notified...

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Pirates Need to Protect Players Tomorrow From the Rule 5 Draft; Who Should Be Protected?
Nov19

Pirates Need to Protect Players Tomorrow From the Rule 5 Draft; Who Should Be Protected?

Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to protect players from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, the basic rundown is that players are eligible to be selected by another team in their fourth or fifth Rule 5 draft (depending on when they signed), unless they are added to the 40-man roster. If a player was 18 or younger in his signing year, he is eligible for his fifth Rule 5 draft. A player who is 19 and...

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