First Pitch: Notes From Day Two of Mini-Camp
Jan08

First Pitch: Notes From Day Two of Mini-Camp

Today was the second day of mini-camp, and it was pretty much identical to day one. If you’ve ever been to minor league Spring Training over at Pirate City, then you’d know the routines. The entire team does their warm up exercises. Then the pitchers do their throwing programs on one field, while the fielders play catch on another field. The position players take fielding drills, and some take batting practice. The...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Tracker
Jan05

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Tracker

This weekend I uploaded the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Tracker┬áto the site. This is the fourth year in a row that we’ve had the tracker on the site. Prior to Spring Training it will show all of the non-roster invitees who are invited to camp, along with the chances of each player making the Opening Day roster. Once Spring Training begins, the tracker will be updated any time a player is cut from camp, or whenever a...

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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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First Pitch: 40-Man Roster Updates and Wandy Rodriguez Thoughts
Nov01

First Pitch: 40-Man Roster Updates and Wandy Rodriguez Thoughts

At the start of the off-season, I decided to only do First Pitch on Monday-Thursday, unless there’s big news over the weekend. There just aren’t enough off-season topics to do one every night. So far the break on the weekends has been glorious. However, I felt the need for a short update tonight due to the amount of articles on the site today (not that any of them were big enough news for follow up on First Pitch), plus a...

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Wandy Rodriguez Exercises His Player Option
Nov01

Wandy Rodriguez Exercises His Player Option

In a move that was expected, Wandy Rodriguez notified the Pittsburgh Pirates that he has exercised his player option for the 2014 season. The option was originally a club option, but was converted to a player option when Rodriguez was traded. It pays Rodriguez $13 M in 2014, and the Pirates are only on the hook for $7.5 M, with the Houston Astros picking up the other $5.5 M. Rodriguez will be a wild card next year. He struggled to...

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