P3 Episode 14: Previewing the Trade Deadline For the Pirates
Jul26

P3 Episode 14: Previewing the Trade Deadline For the Pirates

Episode 14 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes analysis from Nate Barnes (@NateBarnes_TPN), James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) and myself (@timwilliamsP2) on the Pirates. Highlights of the show include: **We introduce new beat writer Nate Barnes to the show this week. **There were some audio problems in the first nine minutes. We got everything figured out after that. **We talk...

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First Pitch: MLB Should Move the Trade Deadline Back a Month
Jul21

First Pitch: MLB Should Move the Trade Deadline Back a Month

I’m not sure how the trade deadline got to be on July 31st. I know that it has been July 31st since 1986, and before that it was June 15th. I just don’t know why the league decided to change the date, and why July 31st was picked. Here’s what I do know. Two changes have happened since the 1986 season. 1. MLB moved to a three division and wild card system, doubling the amount of teams that would make the playoffs. 2....

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Pirates Notebook: Rotation In Flux, Phillies GM Talks Deadline
Jul02

Pirates Notebook: Rotation In Flux, Phillies GM Talks Deadline

The Pirates finally announced their starting rotation for this week’s series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Brandon Cumpton was re-called Tuesday to pitch the first game of the series and the season’s second half tonight. Jeff Locke will start Wednesday, and Jeanmar Gomez will pitch out of the bullpen. Gomez and Locke both threw aggressive bullpen sessions Sunday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, taking both out of...

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Polanco, Taillon Could Get Giancarlo Stanton: Why the Pirates Should Do It
Jun20

Polanco, Taillon Could Get Giancarlo Stanton: Why the Pirates Should Do It

The Pirates are 24th in baseball in runs scored. The combined OPS of their right fielder is last in the National League. Giancarlo Stanton is one of baseball’s best right fielders. Even if you didn’t read the headline, you see where I am going with this. ESPN.com’s David Schoenfield put the situation more simply in his first line: “The Pittsburgh Pirates need Giancarlo Stanton.” Check out...

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