14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014
Dec31

14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014

One year ago today, I wrote an article about the 13 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Make a Difference in 2013. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of players last off-season who had a chance to be a top performer, but also came with a risk that they could be as low as a bust. Here were the players I outlined last year, and the results in 2013. 2013 Results Hitters Starling Marte: 4.6 WAR Travis Snider: -0.6 WAR Jerry Sands: Triple-A Jose...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class
Dec09

Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class

With an extremely slow day in Winter League action on Sunday, now is a good time to catch up on all of the Pittsburgh Pirates players who are taking part in leagues around the world. During our daily updates, we normally cover players that were in the Pirates system at the end of the 2013 season and are still free agents, such as Ivan De Jesus Jr. and David Bromberg, but all of the players mentioned below are still in the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Makes Winter Debut
Nov30

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Makes Winter Debut

In the Dominican League from Friday night, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. After winning the Hitter of the Week award last week, Polanco has gone 1-for-12 this week. Carlos Paulino went 0-for-2 with a walk and strikeout. He has now played 14 games, hitting .231 with a double in 39 at-bats. Stolmy Pimentel made his Winter debut for Estrellas de Oriente. He came in during the sixth inning and ended up going 1.2...

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The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014
Oct22

The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014

One of the biggest keys to the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates was their pitching depth. The Pirates used 12 different starting pitchers, and most of those starters were used in the first three months of the season. That didn’t count guys like Jeff Karstens and Kyle McPherson, who were counted on pre-season as depth options, but weren’t available due to injuries. The off-season focus is always on the five man...

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2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct18

2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona had an impressive group of prospects throughout the year, although they didn’t start off with a good looking team. The breakouts of Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel, plus the mid-season promotions of Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham, turned the Altoona Curve into one of the most talented teams in the minors throughout the 2013 season. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by...

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