2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen
Oct29

2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired a lot of bounce back candidates in their bullpen, with a lot of those guys actually bouncing back. That approach led to one of the top bullpens in baseball during the 2013 season. Most of that bullpen was returning in 2014, and the Pirates looked to be in good shape. What led to the success in 2013 was the Pirates going out and getting players who were coming off down years,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates
Oct25

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates

Matt Swartz at MLBTR has been producing some very accurate arbitration estimates over the last three seasons. His estimates for the Pittsburgh Pirates just came out recently, in an off-season preview that was written by Charlie at Bucs Dugout. Below are the MLBTR arbitration estimates: Gaby Sanchez, 1B (5.025): $2.7MM Neil Walker, 2B (4.166): $8.6MM Ike Davis, 1B (4.155): $4.4MM Mark Melancon, RP (4.098): $7.6MM Travis Snider, OF...

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The Pirates Didn’t Make a Big Splash, But Had the Best NL Bullpen in September
Sep30

The Pirates Didn’t Make a Big Splash, But Had the Best NL Bullpen in September

It’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a weak bullpen. The group collectively combined for a 3.79 xFIP in the first half of the season, which tied for the second worst in the NL. Their -0.5 WAR was also second worst. Despite the struggles, they didn’t add anyone at the trade deadline. Instead, they made a few minor moves. First, the team claimed John Axford off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on August 14th....

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All-Stars Responsible for Pirates’ Early-Season Recovery
Jul15

All-Stars Responsible for Pirates’ Early-Season Recovery

Follow @NateBarnes_ Follow @pirateprospects The Pittsburgh Pirates began the 2014 season in a fashion rather unbecoming after they finally ended professional sports’ longest losing streak with 95 victories last year and pushed the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals to five games in the 2013 National League Division Series. By May 20, the Pirates were 8 games under .500 at 18-26, 8 games back of the first-place Milwaukee...

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How Tony Watson Went From a Non-Prospect in Double-A to an All-Star Reliever
Jul13

How Tony Watson Went From a Non-Prospect in Double-A to an All-Star Reliever

After putting up some of the best numbers of any reliever in baseball this season, Tony Watson was named to the National League All-Star team. The accomplishment is special for any player, and rare for middle relievers. In Watson’s case, it’s extremely surprising when you consider that just a few years ago he looked like a prospect who would top out at the Double-A level. Watson was named the Minor League Pitcher of the...

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