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At the end of Spring Training, Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Field Coordinator Shawn Bowman approached 2021 20th rounder Brenden Dixon about a position change.

“How’s your third base?” was the question Dixon recalled getting from Bowman.

“It’s okay,” was the response from Dixon.

That wasn’t exactly true.

“Never once played, but I told him ‘It’s okay,'” Dixon fessed up with a smile in Bradenton when we spoke two weeks ago.

Originally a shortstop and second baseman, Dixon felt confident enough that he could make the switch, and the Pirates felt confident enough to approach him with it. He’s played more games at third base this year than any position, and is starting to get a feel for the position.

“I wouldn’t say I feel like home, but it’s getting there,” said Dixon.

The third base worked out.

And there were no issues with Dixon’s embellishment of his prior experience to Bowman.

So, when Bowman asked if Dixon had ever played first base, you can imagine what the answer was.

“Yes sir, I play it all the time,” Dixon responded.

That definitely wasn’t true.

“I’ve never once played it,” Dixon said with a laugh. “That’s been new for me. It’s been good to learn that. I figured the more spots I can play, the better chance I have to move up. Anywhere I can hit, I’m good.”

Dixon has shown an ability to get on base at a good rate this year in Single-A, while adding a bit of power and playing all four infield positions. That includes nine games at first base, where he eventually had to fess up to his experience level.

“I told them ‘I may need just a little bit more work at first base. I don’t know if I’m real caught up on my first base,’” Dixon said.

Brenden Dixon: Approach Leading To Success As Bradenton’s Table Setter

The old adage for defensive positioning is that if you can play shortstop, you can in theory play anywhere. Shortstop is the most difficult position. First base is regarded as one of the easiest positions. Third base is on the more difficult extreme with shortstop.

You would think if Dixon had an issue with one position, it would be third base, and not first. But the differences between the left side of the infield and the first base position are the learning experience.

“I thought first base was going to be a whole lot easier than it is,” said Dixon. “There’s actually a whole lot of movements that are different than second base and shortstop.”

A middle infielder typically goes all-out to get any ball that is close. That approach can be taken over to third base. However, the first baseman has different priorities, as Dixon realized in a game this year.

“There was a ball that was not my ball at all,” said Dixon. “It was close. I hauled at it. I looked back and there was nobody at first base.”

Dixon realized his mistake when he was standing right next to second baseman Jase Bowen.

“It’s less range, but I think it’s more movements, if that makes sense, which you would not think for first base,” said Dixon.


The Pirates have been giving all of their prospects secondary defensive positions this year.

That can add value in a lot of different ways, and it’s definitely something we’ve seen in the past from this farm system. The process of making it system-wide, even from the lower levels, would ideally make it so that they can avoid future Oneil Cruz situations, where a top prospect needs to learn a new position in Triple-A. Cruz has expressed that he doesn’t want to play outfield, where the Pirates are giving him a look.

In all honesty, this group had two years to get Cruz outfield work, so he’s got a point. It’s not like people woke up on January 1st, 2022 and started questioning whether Oneil Cruz could play shortstop long-term. People have been questioning that since it was announced he would move there.

Ideally, learning secondary positions earlier would avoid this type of situation.

Another prospect who is making the move to first base this year is Matt Gorski. The recently promoted outfielder can handle center field, and is projected to remain in the outfield. That said, Gorski also has the plus power to be a legitimate bat at first base. The Pirates are only improving his odds of reaching the majors by giving him one start a week at first, and opening another path to the majors.

When I spoke with Gorski, he said he enjoyed getting a break from the outfield. Of course, he also said the smaller Greensboro outfield was boring. He’s probably having more fun in Altoona’s more spacious grounds. He’s yet to get a start at first base in his first two weeks at the new level.

Considering Dixon’s comments, and the free-range approach of the outfield, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gorski is experiencing a completely different mindset when he plays first base.

I recently spoke with Endy Rodriguez, who is a top ten catching prospect in the system. Rodriguez has been playing second base and left field this year, giving him alternatives as the Pirates find time for Henry Davis, Abrahan Gutierrez, and Eli Wilson. I asked Rodriguez which position he enjoyed playing the most. Rodriguez did most of the interview with a translator, but this answer came in English.

“Second base,” was the quick answer. Rodriguez went into more detail, via his interpreter.

“Compared to catching, it’s easier to see the ball and make the routine play. In the outfield, you don’t really know off the bat where that ball is going to go, whether it’s going to slice right or left,” said Rodriguez. “In the infield, you see the ball hit the dirt, and I’m able to know where that ball is going to go, so I can set up my feet and be in a good position to catch the ball and make the play.”

Rodriguez has more value behind the plate, especially as one of the best pure hitters on the team. That said, he’s one main example of why teams need to teach alternate positions, as the biggest thing blocking him is Henry Davis. Rodriguez has the bat to find value at any position, and I’ve heard nothing but good things of his second base work for over a year now.

One of the more interesting secondary positions I’ve been following this year has been from Blake Sabol. He’s got some impressive power that has shown up regularly in the Pirates DVR. He’s been a corner outfielder since his final year at USC, but has been getting time behind the plate this year.

That’s another common tactic of position changes, trying to increase a player’s value by seeing if he can develop into a more difficult position. You know, like Oneil Cruz and shortstop. Sabol’s power would be impressive if he can handle the catching position.

Mike Persak of the Post-Gazette had a great breakdown recently of how Sabol moved behind the plate. This position change was one that was originated by the player, in this case.

I’ll say at this point that I don’t see him sticking at catcher long-term. In the few times I’ve seen Sabol, his receiving skills have been rough. That’s to be expected, considering he hasn’t caught much since his sophomore year in college.

What really stood out to me was that Sabol didn’t feel like he was challenged to improve behind the plate. He has the drive to do that now, and the Pirates are open to giving him the work. So, while he looks rough now, and catching is incredibly difficult, he has everything needed in theory to develop into the position.

If he doesn’t develop into a catcher, I wonder what the switch in mindset will do for other parts of his game.

I wonder the same for everyone else mentioned above.

Everyone mentioned above is adding theoretical value with the ability to play them at a new position on the field. It’s a positive that everyone I’ve spoken to, beyond these players, has been positive about the change. I think there’s a benefit to giving players a break from the usual routine. But is there a hidden benefit here?

Think of it this way: When Brenden Dixon finally learns how and when to restrain his all-out mentality that derives from being a middle infielder, do you think he will also see similar restraint on the other side of the ball to help reduce his 29.4% strikeout rate?


Welcome to First Pitch!

Long-time readers know this feature as a former daily column on this site. That has essentially been replaced by P2Daily, which provides a daily update and links to all of our content.

I’ve been waiting to bring First Pitch back as a weekly column in some form. I really enjoy the format of the Sunday Notes feature by David Laurila at FanGraphs. Like a lot of ideas on this site over the years, I thought “What if there was that, but it’s all Pirates and mostly focused on the prospects?”

And thus, the new First Pitch: The first article of the week on Pirates Prospects, every Monday at 8 AM.

Thanks for reading today!

Long-time readers also know that First Pitch comes with certain elements that will remain in the new format. One of those is music. Each week I’ll throw together a playlist of mostly 2022 releases, but also some older and classic songs mixed in. This is part of a music side project I’ve been working on the last few years. Hopefully it gives you some new tunes to enjoy.

Enjoy this week’s playlist! First Pitch continues below…


You know who looks like he’s having a lot of fun?

Jack Suwinski.

Suwinski has been one of the biggest surprises this year, with six home runs and a .722 OPS in his first 117 plate appearances. He was originally called up from Double-A after just 13 games and a 1.107 OPS.

That promotion seemed like it would be short-term at the time, as it was to replace two players out with COVID.

Suwinski has remained on the roster, and after hitting a walk off game winner on Saturday night and three hits Sunday, you have to wonder if he’s ever going back down?

The Pirates added Suwinski last summer in the Adam Frazier trade with the San Diego Padres. He’s really grown on me since first talking with him last year in Altoona. His approach is calm, collected, and he knows his strength.

The strength? It might have been overlooked power.

Prior to the season, Jason Gindele did a great breakdown of some of the best hitting skills in the system. Suwinski was the guy who stood out to me in that breakdown, showing an ability for a high walk rate, a low ground ball rate, and strong power numbers. His strikeout rate was just above 10%, though acceptable with everything else.

A guy putting the ball in the air, walking a lot, not striking out a lot? Yeah, the power seemed legit.

Those trends have started to carry over to the majors. His strikeout rate through Sunday is 25.6% and his walk rate is a hair under 6%. The latter could improve. His isolated power has jumped to .211. The ground ball rate has gone up to 44%, which is not great, but has not prohibited his power.

The most impressive thing is he only has 20% soft contact. If he starts hitting the ball in the air more, we will probably see that power increase with the way he’s making contact.

At this point, unless he really starts to struggle, I think Suwinski should be up for good.


I was happy to see that Cole Tucker was claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tucker is a good guy — highly athletic, positive, and charismatic, which is a combination that led to the Pirates taking him in the first round in 2014.

Former Pirates second baseman Kevin Kramer spoke out last week after Tucker was designated for assignment about the toxic culture in the old development system. Kramer’s comments, which I discussed last week, indicated that the Pirates weren’t great at building up their athletes on a personal level.

My guess from all of this is that there may have been some damage done to some players who came up under the old system, making it so that they can’t envision their success in Pittsburgh. That theory is based on so many going on to have better careers outside of Pittsburgh.

I wouldn’t be surprised if everything starts to click for Tucker. That’s especially true now that the Arizona native is playing for his hometown MLB franchise.

Tucker will start his career in Triple-A for the Diamondbacks.


**Rodolfo Nolasco homered on Sunday, hitting his fourth of the year. Nolasco is regarded to have some of the best raw power in the lower levels of the system. That has yet to show up in games on a consistent basis, with Nolasco struggling with swing-and-miss. Anthony Murphy wrote about Nolasco and the small development steps he’s taking. He seems to have taken a step forward the last few weeks, hitting for a .316/.435/.500 line in the two weeks leading up to his Sunday homer. That includes a 26.1% strikeout rate and a 15.2% walk rate. This is great to see, and hopefully the 20-year-old can maintain this pace.

**The Pirates added left-handed pitcher Tyler Samaniego in the 15th round last year out of South Alabama — the same school as Travis Swaggerty. So far this year, Samaniego has been nearly unhittable. In 17 games, he has allowed one earned run on three hits. He has 27 strikeouts and 11 walks in 20 innings. Most of that came prior to his promotion to Double-A. He’s thrown three perfect innings with three strikeouts since the promotion. As John Dreker has pointed out, he hasn’t allowed a hit since April 15th. It’s good to see that continuing across three appearances in the higher level.

**Bligh Madris was our Player of the Week last week, and continued hitting for Indianapolis this week. Madris has a .989 OPS over the last month, and has been trending up during that span. Ryan Palencer broke down some of the changes he’s been making with his swing to bring the results. The Pirates just called up Travis Swaggerty, and have a few young options in the majors with him. Madris isn’t on the 40-man roster, but could force himself into a next-man-up role with continued play like this. It’s nice seeing depth of options emerging for the MLB outfield.

**Speaking of that outfield, Swaggerty now joins Suwinski and Cal Mitchell, who hit his first MLB homer on Sunday. With Tucupita Marcano returning to the majors strong, and Diego Castillo continuing to get a look, this Pirates offense has become fun to watch on a nightly basis.

**Since hitting two doubles on May 11th, Matt Fraizer has an .876 OPS for Altoona. The 2021 breakout prospect and Minor League Player of the Year struggled out of the gate with Altoona, but seems to have put that slow start in the past. Fraizer added a double and two triples this week.


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**Jason Mackey of the Post Gazette had a detailed feature on Travis Swaggerty, which included this part that really stood out to me:

That first month I’d be searching for a feel in the cage and worrying about how my body’s moving. Now I’ve conditioned my mind to think about less when I’m hitting.

We’ve seen a lot of alarming offensive starts this year, with a lot of alarming strikeout rates to go with them. More and more players have been emerging with better results in May. The Pirates have been focusing on visual perception through drills and devices that obstruct vision and force a hitter to react implicitly.

I think we’re starting to see a 180 on the hitting side, and I think we’re going to hear a lot more answers similar to Swaggerty on why things started to improve.

**Mike Burrows didn’t make the top 100 in the recent update from Baseball America. Alex Stumpf wrote about Burrows recently, noting that he could make the top 100 soon due to his changeup. Right now I’ve got Burrows ahead of common top 100 prospect Quinn Priester, due to the makings of three plus pitches from Burrows, and dominant numbers at Double-A. The changeup improvements that Alex detailed have been huge. I feel like I’ve been getting changeup updates all year from Anthony Murphy, surprised at the quality. Burrows has quickly taken a big step forward. I wouldn’t even be surprised if we see him in the majors by the end of the year. Top 100 rankings are long-term views, but right now there’s less projection needed for Burrows to achieve the same thing that makes Priester a common top 100 prospect.


The 2022 Prospect Guide has been under a delay, as I’ve been focusing on building up the site content.

The original version of the Guide ended up being our prospect rankings at the start of the season. As we were getting more and more information, I kept updating and adding reports.

The book this year has a different format than years past. There are no numerical rankings, only tiered rankings. Also, the book is entirely written by me, and while it has information from other writers, all rankings will be mine.

I’ve been building up not just this site, but everything Pirates Prospects. One of the big issues with the book was creating something separate from the site. This site is a collection of reporting, analysis, and a lot of work from a lot of people.

I am taking an “Independent Scouting Director” approach on the site. That is largely the role I’m creating for myself on this new incarnation of the site. I believe Anthony Murphy will be a great writer, and will have some amazing coverage on the farm system. You may have noticed, but he’s been slowly moving into a lead writer role on this site — the role I used to have. That allows me to move into my new role, which obviously still includes writing — as you obviously know at this literal point.

With Anthony, John Dreker, Wilbur Miller, Ryan Palencer in Indianapolis, and our eventual team writers in Altoona and Greensboro, we have a ton of updates to sort through in the system.

The Prospect Guide each year will be my compilation of all of the available reports, mixed in with my own crosschecking, to ultimately try to give you the most accurate long-term reports for each player. This year’s book is going to be a completely different look than anything we’ve published before.

I’ll be honest, I’m a bit nervous. My rankings are going to be extremely different from what I’ve ever published and from what the consensus is right now. I’ve got the goal to finish the editing this month, which will spark an updated system ranking on the site next month, just before the draft.

I’ll have more updates on the book and the site in this article each week.

I apologize for the delay for everyone who has pre-ordered, expecting to get a preview book. That essentially went to the site. My focus is getting you a quality book, while also producing a quality site.

We are finally there on the site, and I can’t wait to finalize the book.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Incredible mega-article covering so many topics. To speak to the original issue of positional versatility, I was surprised to read that you’ve heard overwhelmingly positive things from the players. I’m glad they find value in it, because my mind goes in the opposite direction: I worry that if I was a pitcher, it would be really frustrating to have all my defenders playing unfamiliar positions (particularly catcher). I would not trust my defense, which might make me pitch differently; for example, try and force strikeouts in inappropriate situations. This applies the most when I imagine them playing Blake Sabol at catcher. I wonder who the pitching prospect is that has to *waste* their start on helping him learn a new position he will almost certainly not play in the majors. I would expect that it to be frustrating when you are trying to grow and get better as a AA pitcher, to see strikes get called balls from bad pitch framing, or curveballs in the dirt be mismanaged leading to wild pitches/passed balls/stolen bases. It would certainly show up on the stat sheet, and while prospects’ main focus should be growth/development for the ML level, as opposed to AA stats, I have to imagine most of those guys still care about their ERAs and BB/9, etc.
Early in the season, I always prayed to see Roberto Perez catching when Mitch Keller was on the mound, because I trusted him as a pitch-framer, game-caller, and psychological support expert for the pitching staff. Keller was the epitome of a guy we desperately needed to have work out (oops), and Perez made it feel like he was in good hands, while Knapp felt pointless. I imagine that same worry carrying over to top quality pitching prospects in the minors, and by extension, smaller versions of that feeling with talented shortstops playing 1B or good second basemen making bad flubs in RF. It can be discouraging when the game you work so hard on is meant to feel like an experiment, rather than treated seriously and supported as well as possible.


Having said all that, I’m seeing that my perspective is a very worry-driven one, and certainly not the only one. Sounds like Matt Gorski and Brenden Dixon view it differently, which is terrific. I wonder how the pitchers feel about it, or if they care about this stuff at all. Maybe they just go out and pitch and do their job, without giving it too much thought.


I don’t want to speak too soon, but the starting pitching on this staff has grown by leaps and bounds. 6.17 ERA/4.72 xFIP in April, 3.90 ERA/4.12 xFIP in May, and 3.32 ERA/4.16 xFIP in the first few days of June, so basically more of the same. Quintana, Thompson and Brubaker have improved, and calling up Roansy to replace Wilson was huge.

The season numbers are dragged down a bit by the April fright show, but over the last 5 weeks Pirate starters are 14th in MLB in WAR, 10th in FIP, 12th in ERA (but 21st in xFIP). and they’re doing it without any freakishly good luck on batted balls.

Is it too soon to maybe re-evaluate Oscar Marin?


I think april was definitely worse than expected, this is more what I was hoping we could be at. Hoping thompson, brubaker, and roansy keep building through the season and adding a quality vet in the offseason gives us a strong 4 to start with. Our pitching will keep us in games as the young guys adapt to the bigs and begin to score more


If they hope to truly compete, Nutting will HAVE to open the purse strings, accept some risk and spend on at least a mid-tier, multi-year free agent starter who can stabilize the rotation. You keep playing this year by year and what happened to the Bucs in 2016 will happen again. Eventually you run out of Volquezes and you wind up with Vogelsongs.

It’s a big year for mid-tier pitching. If one or both of Bolton and Yajure end up being useful, they might only need one guy.


Good stuff Stephen… it certainly has felt that way, improvement, but cool to see stats supporting👍


Anyone else miss Mel Allen’s TWIB notes (and voice)?

I think Tim needs a “This Week in Pirates Prospects” feature.


Tim – On one hand, glad you buried the Kramer comments inside of the Bradenton article. (I stumbled upon them from another outlet on my phone). I mean Kramer missed half a season at Altoona because of a fractured hand, and then after he made the MLB club missed 2020 with hip surgery. He then lasted only 6 weeks in the minors with Milwaukee in 2021. So did injuries cost him his career……..or an over-bearing coaching staff?

On the other hand, you know this would be a good solo article here on P2, with no shortage of opinions!!


Love First Pitch. Tim, I am thrilled to see Caamp on your playlist. I am seeing them with the Lumineers on the 15th.


So, tell me why 25-30 HRs with a strike out rate of 33% and a walk rate of 9% is not a good thing? (Mason Martin)
On another hand, I CAN see the value of Noah Wright wanting to kick the tires on Miguel Andujar…


play andujar at first. profit


exactly – that was Wright’s premise.


MM would get eaten alive by MLB pitching. If he’s k’ing 35% of the time in AAA, it would be around 45% in the show, while hitting .160.

He’s got to work on this in AAA..Do not feed this kid to the wolves. It’ll get real ugly


And you KNOW this how? It’s your opinion. At some point Martin like all other prospects has to find out first hand what hitting in the majors is like in order to adjust and learn how/if he can do it. The trip to the majors is not necessarily a one way street; just ask Castro.

It might be true that he’d struggle most prospects do, but keeping him in the minors to “work on things” until he’s “ready” whatever that even means only delays any development needed to play at the highest level. One thing is virtually certain. He couldn’t possibly be any worse than Chang. Now there’s ugly.


It’s absurd to think he wouldn’t get eaten alive. That 30% mark is a pretty fine line there for Ks. People want Martin up because he’s a shiny new toy that hasn’t been broken yet.

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Eugene McCarthy said reporters are like blackbirds on a telephone wire: As one flies away they all fly away. When one comes back they all come back. Same can be said for most prospect rankings.

Tim, if your Pirate prospect rankings are unconventional (eg listing Burrows ahead of Priester like you note above, or questioning whether Jimenez better than Solmoteo etc) with unique, gutsy takes — I applaud that. Count me in for a purchase.


Love this! I used to look forward to the Boston Sunday Globe and Peter Gammons baseball column and then Nick Cafardo did it in later years. It was a wealth of information on what was going on throughout baseball with material from their sources. This format kind of reminds me of that. My favorite part is System Thoughts.

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Pipeline and BA are going to see quite a few graduations over the next few weeks, so I could see Burrows cracking the Top 100 by month’s end. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if they waited for a 1 for 1 swap if/when Roansy graduates.

Kwan graduated BA yesterday (I’m waiting for them to update today), then Hunter Greene SHOULD graduate today, and Gore SHOULD graduate Friday. So, maybe we’ll see Burrows crack it by the weekend.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Logan O’Hoppe added to BA Top 100. Damn

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Lies!!!! Gorski started at 1B yesterday lol

I’m glad Sporcle is back!


When does Newman come off the IL? They get him to play some good defense up the middle, it’ll really help as they haven’t really had a SS since he’s been injured. I’d go with him and Tuco at SS and 2b.


Just roll with that and sprinkle Bae in here and there. Pitching staff is starting to stabilize… you might not have a playoff team, but you got something that will have my ass sitting behind the Buccos dugout for quite a few games this summer


That looks like a much better defensive team than we’ve seen too. Especially if you put Swag in center.


Yeah, I’ve jumped off Park onto Tucu at 2nd. I’m so enamored with him! Still way too early for me with Mitchell (and Swags), but we’ll know a lot more by the AS break. It’s goin’ be fun.


He went on the IL 4/27, so the earliest would be 6/26. If he’s going to hit that date we should already be hearing updates about baseball activities. He injured the hammy 2 weeks ago during rehab. The fact that we haven’t heard any updates since – no ground balls, no baseball drills, no running – leads me to believe we’re into July before we see him in Pittsburgh.

BTW Vogelbach should be in your lineup above.


I just don’t know who to sit for Big Danny…I guess you could platoon him at 1b with Chavis. This is an evaluation year and I don’t want to take ab’s away from Swag, Mitchell or Suwinski. They should rotate with Reynolds in the OF and DH


It wouldn’t be pretty, but I’d have Vogelbach at 1B about half the time against righties and Chavis the other half plus all lefties. Bear in mind Vogey’s under control for 2023 and will probably get an arb award less than what they’re paying Yoshi now.

That would open up some DH time for Mitchell – as much as I like him, his throwing arm is a liability in RF. Wonder if he could play 1B as a more athletic infielder.


It’s getting there, isnt it….too early to debate some details, so I wont🤣, but overall here we go young rising buccos👍


No, please debate. Now, I’m curious of what you would do


Nice playlist! Need to put St. Vincent’s cover of funkytown on there


I heard it for the first time this morning on XMU.


It’s fantastic

Have you heard the new Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs with Perfume genius?


This article was great, First Pitch back with a bang👏👏👍👍

b mcferren

Hot Stove is heating up fellas

With Pillar out, sources say Ben Gamel is on his way to Los Angeles for David Price


Of your many trade “rumors”, this is one I like. Obviously, the Dodgers would need to send a lot of money and they’d likely be getting the better player, but we need more pitching and as much as I like Gamel as a 4th OF on a good team, we need to give playing time to our other OFs.


2012 me would be thrilled with that

b mcferren

Price has just as much a chance for success as Cantina is enjoying


Doubt the dodgers would eat the 100% of the contract necessary for that to happen


He is joking👍


Wasnt sure after yesterdays suggestion to send peguero back for bumgarner!


Oh, i thought that was a joke as well, ignore me….


Oops you very well could have read them both better than me!

b mcferren

reporting that Yoshi and Hembree are going back to offset the price of Price. Teams splitting the difference on the remaining cost so Pirates pick up prorated $4mil for the rest of 2022 for Price

b mcferren

no word yet on whether Price will be used as a starter or left handed reliever


It’s been a tough road for Swaggerty and I’m so glad to see him make it. I was disappointed he didn’t arrive in time to play yesterday but my guess is that he would have started instead of Mitchell and Mitchell played a key role in the win.

And speaking of our OF, what a great weekend for Suwinski!


I’ve had mostly a wait-and-see approach on the changes to development, but I strongly support the greater positivity that seems to exist. There are two types of coaching and I’ve always much preferred the type that thinks you get the most out of players by building them up instead of tearing them down.


Awesome article–I love the idea of a weekly Laurila-type column focused on our prospects. The other sections were great too, and I’m glad to see a return of the quiz.


Here I was a bit down thinking I wouldn’t get to look forward to the huge article drop until tomorrow…. and this was the most positive surprise possible. Now looking forward to this every monday as a new joy to start the week


Useless trivia. Since the start of the season, the Pirates have DFA’d 8 players (if my math is right). Four were claimed–Jose Oviedo, Sam Howard, Beau Sulser, Cole Tucker. One was traded for–Adonis Medina. One passed thru and was retained in AAA–Cam Alldred. Two elected free agency–Anthony Alford and Andrew Knapp.


I really thought he would be heading to Philly


And Alldred is literally the only one I would want to keep so that’s a goodie.

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