First Pitch: The Pirates System is Built For Long Term Success
Jan07

First Pitch: The Pirates System is Built For Long Term Success

For a few moments today, it felt like Spring Training. I was up at 5:30, got to the field at 7:30, and my phone was back on the charger shortly after 11 AM. Of course, it’s not Spring Training. It’s mini-camp, or more accurately it’s “voluntary workouts”, since “mini-camp” is restricted in the new CBA. Also, it’s definitely not Spring Training since it’s supposed to be 35 degrees...

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Pirates Had the Strongest 2013 Draft, According to Jim Callis
Dec17

Pirates Had the Strongest 2013 Draft, According to Jim Callis

Jim Callis of MLB.com reviewed the 2013 draft today, and picked the Pittsburgh Pirates as the team with the best draft in the majors. This is the second time that the Pirates have gotten a grade for the best 2013 draft. Previously, Baseball America graded their draft number one. I can’t recall if that was before or after Callis went from BA to MLB.com. Callis gives the disclaimer that it takes at least five years to really know...

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2014 Baseball America Top 10 Pirates Prospects
Nov18

2014 Baseball America Top 10 Pirates Prospects

Baseball America released their 2014 top ten prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates today. The write-up and the top tools can be seen here. The scouting reports for subscribers can be found here. Below are the rankings, along with some thoughts. 1. Gregory Polanco 2. Jameson Taillon 3. Tyler Glasnow 4. Austin Meadows 5. Nick Kingham 6. Alen Hanson 7. Josh Bell 8. Reese McGuire 9. Harold Ramirez 10. Luis Heredia Ben Badler describes the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Catcher
Oct31

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Catcher

It was almost one year ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin to a two-year deal. The move ended up being outstanding, although it wasn’t seen as an earth shattering move at the time. Some pointed to Martin’s .211 batting average the previous year. Some felt that a combination of Tony Sanchez and Michael McKenry could do the same as Martin for cheaper. Some worried about Martin’s numbers declining. I...

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2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct29

2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In previous years, I got to see 1-2 weeks of the GCL players. Most of that time came during the Fall Instructional Leagues, and I didn’t get a further look until Spring Training. This year I saw almost everyone at the level at least once, with only 1-2 exceptions. When combined with the earlier draft signing deadlines, this allowed me to see all of the new draft picks much earlier than I normally would have. On that same note,...

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