First Pitch: A Look at MLB Position Rankings

If you’re a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, just skip to the section below with the preview of today’s other articles. Trust me

For the rest who are continuing the read, and Fangraphs have been putting together some lists that show the strength by position in the majors. Neither group of articles favors the Pirates.

Here’s a quick rundown of the MLB articles, followed by the links:

The Pirates aren’t on any top ten list and don’t get any honorable mentions. The end.

Here are the links:




As for the Fangraphs lists so far, they have covered all 30 teams at third base, first base and second base. The use the projections at each position for multiple players to get the total production from the position. For example, first base includes Josh Bell and at-bats from Jose Osuna and Colin Moran. Bell obviously gets the majority of the time. The Pirates rate the best of those three positions at second base. They are dead last at third base, even with some time thrown in from Ke’Bryan Hayes (but it’s mostly Moran). They rank 15th at second base and 17th at first base.

Here are those links

First Base

Second Base

Third Base

**We will have at least four articles today, including the one you’re currently reading. If any news comes up or the live video feed from PNC Park, we will have more. The other scheduled articles for today are as follows:

This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History – Pirates sign Kent Tekulve

Pittsburgh Pirates Seasons – A veteran first baseman gets a first place MVP vote for his effort during the 1944 season.

1979 Season Recap – A look at where things stand at the All-Star break

Hope everyone has a decent Thursday. Only two more days until the first exhibition game and Opening Day is just eight days away.




After reading the top part, you need some comedy. If you didn’t read the top, then this is a nice reward for following recommended directions.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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