Pirates Have Six in John Sickels’ Top 75 Prospects
Sep29

Pirates Have Six in John Sickels’ Top 75 Prospects

John Sickels released his top 75 prospects for the end of the season, and had six Pirates on the list. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow, Alen Hanson, and Reese McGuire all made the list, with several in the top 50. Jameson Taillon was the first prospect ranked, ending up 12th on the list. Taijuan Walker, Archie Bradley, and Noah Syndergaard ranked ahead of Taillon, making him the fourth pitcher on the...

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The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change
Sep10

The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

A little under a year ago, things weren’t exactly looking up for Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office. The team had improved significantly over the previous two years, but had just suffered its second straight late-season collapse. A lot of fans – including me – thought the team should find a new GM. More importantly, principal owner Robert Nutting had stated he was going to do a thorough review, one that was widely expected...

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Command of his own Kingham
Sep09

Command of his own Kingham

When Neal Huntington was named Pittsburgh Pirates general manager on September 25, 2007, he set out a plan to “flood the system with talent at all levels.” That plan included drafting high school pitchers that had strong commitments to some of the best college baseball programs in the country, costing more money. Big pitchers, big arms. High school pitchers are seen as boom or bust. They are projectable with unlimited potential,...

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Pitching Inside: The Pirates Way
Sep05

Pitching Inside: The Pirates Way

A couple years back, I took a look at the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league pitchers and their tendencies of pitching inside, specifically all the hit batters. From the lowest level of the minors to the top, they teach their pitchers to own the inside of the plate and if you happen to hit some batters in the process, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s part of the learning process. The Pirates want their pitchers to be...

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First Pitch: How Tyler Glasnow Set the Bar Way Too High This Year
Sep05

First Pitch: How Tyler Glasnow Set the Bar Way Too High This Year

Tyler Glasnow posted a 36.3 K% this year, which is one of the highest marks in baseball in a long time.

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