Is Nick Kingham a Future Top of the Rotation Starter?
Jun26

Is Nick Kingham a Future Top of the Rotation Starter?

For years the Pirates have gone with a strategy of drafting projectable prep pitchers in the middle rounds, giving them above-slot bonuses, and hoping they develop into a great pitcher one day. There are plenty of examples of this happening. Go through the history of top college pitchers and you’ll find tons of guys who were either drafted low out of high school, or weren’t even drafted at all. Perhaps the biggest example...

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First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH
Jun23

First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH

This week’s podcast went up today, and on the show we talked about whether Gregory Polanco or Jameson Taillon should come up in September. The argument for Taillon was that the Pirates should be “all hands on deck”, and he could provide value out of the bullpen with a 99 MPH fastball and a plus curveball. At one point in the conversation, I mentioned something along the lines of how the Pirates don’t have a...

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Prospect Watch: Barnes With a Big Day, Jhang Homers Again
Jun22

Prospect Watch: Barnes With a Big Day, Jhang Homers Again

Top Pitcher: Lance Breedlove, Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, Home Runs: Dilson Herrera, Jin-De Jhang, Felix Pie, Danny Collins, Barrett Barnes

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Minor League Schedule: Kingham and McDonald Headline Busy Day
Jun20

Minor League Schedule: Kingham and McDonald Headline Busy Day

6/21/13 Starters: James McDonald, Nick Kingham, Robby Rowland, Joely Rodriguez, John Kuchno, Wei-Chung Wang

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Analyzing the Recent Chain of Promotions in the Minor League System
Jun18

Analyzing the Recent Chain of Promotions in the Minor League System

We’ve reached the half way point in the minor league season, which usually means a few things. It means you’ve got new draft picks entering the system, with almost all of those guys going to the short-season leagues. It means you’ve got those short-season leagues starting up. And it means you’re going to start seeing a lot of promotions throughout the minors. The Pirates saw a lot of promotions over the last...

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