First Pitch: The Pirates Still Lost the Marlon Byrd Deal, and That’s Still OK
Aug29

First Pitch: The Pirates Still Lost the Marlon Byrd Deal, and That’s Still OK

A year and a day ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets, sending Dilson Herrera and Vic Black in return. Today, the Mets called up Herrera to the majors, which means the second baseman has made the jump from Low-A to the majors in one year. That, plus an off-day for the Pirates, gives us the chance to re-visit the trade and see how the Pirates made out in the deal. At the time of the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Bullpen
Oct24

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Bullpen

If there was any doubt that Neal Huntington can build a bullpen, then the 2013 season should have erased that doubt. Last off-season, Huntington traded Joel Hanrahan in his final year of team control. In return, the Pirates got Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus. Hanrahan made $7 M and went down early with a season ending injury. He will be a free agent this off-season. Melancon put up a 1.39 ERA in 71...

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First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System This Year
Sep27

First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System This Year

This afternoon I had a radio interview with Daniel Dudley of TribLIVE Radio, which has pretty much been a weekly thing each Thursday afternoon this season. Today Dan asked me a question I was all too prepared for, and not because I knew it was coming. The question actually surprised me, but it’s a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot this year. I was asked how this season has felt as someone who has followed the farm...

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Vic Black Is Officially the PTBNL in the Mets Deal
Aug29

Vic Black Is Officially the PTBNL in the Mets Deal

Ken Rosenthal reports that Vic Black is a strong possibility to be the PTBNL in the deal for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. Sources: Triple A right-hander Vic Black, a reliever, is a strong possibility as the PTBN that the #Pirates are sending to the #Mets. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 28, 2013 Last night in my First Pitch column I wrote about how I had heard an unconfirmed name who was ranked lower than Herrera. That...

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Baseball America Releases Their Best Tools Lists; Several Pirates Mentioned
Aug06

Baseball America Releases Their Best Tools Lists; Several Pirates Mentioned

Baseball America released their Best Tools lists for each level in the 2013 season. Below are the links to each level’s article, along with the Pirates who received recognition. Pittsburgh All of the Pirates awards were NL only. Pedro Alvarez was named as having the third best power, behind Carlos Gonzalez and Giancarlo Stanton. Andrew McCutchen was named the Most Exciting Player and the second best baserunner, behind Everth...

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