Tag: 2017 Pirates Recaps

Williams: The State of the Pirates at Every Position

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been doing the 2017 recaps of each position for the Pirates, looking at the results from the 2017 season, along with the future of each position. The combined result gives a picture of the team heading into the 2017-18 offseason and beyond. The quick, overall summary is that this […]
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2017 Recaps: Felipe Rivero Was the Highlight in a Poor Year...

Yesterday I wrote about how the Pirates had a decent rotation, ranking slightly above average due to all of their regular starters putting up numbers that were around league average. They didn’t have the same success in the bullpen. As a group, the bullpen ranked 21st in baseball in fWAR. The group finished with a […]
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2017 Recaps: This Season Showed the Need For Top of the...

The Pirates had an unusual season from their starting rotation. They had a rare season in terms of health, seeing very few injuries to their starting five. This led to them only needing seven starters during the season. And that number would have been six if they didn’t give Steven Brault a few starts in […]
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2017 Recaps: Third Base Provides the Biggest Hole For the Pirates...

I wrote about the second base position going into the weekend, and how the Pirates have a difficult decision to make at second base. They have Josh Harrison making $10 M, Sean Rodriguez making $5 M, and Max Moroff as the first of several young players who should get a shot at the full-time job […]
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2017 Recaps: With Prospects on the Way, Jordy Mercer’s Time as...

The Pirates could do a lot worse than having Jordy Mercer as their starting shortstop. Mercer entered the 2017 season as the starter for the fourth straight season, after taking over the role in 2013 from Clint Barmes. Throughout his time as a starter, he has been mostly below average, topping out as an average […]
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2017 Recaps: Josh Harrison Shows His Value, But the Pirates Now...

Josh Harrison’s career has been an interesting one. He first came up as a super utility player, and served in that role as more of a depth option from 2011-2013. He remained in that role in 2014, but something changed that year. Everything came together for Harrison during the 2014 season, and thanks to a […]
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2017 Recaps: Josh Bell’s Power Surge and Defensive Improvements Were a...

The Josh Bell experiment at first base hasn’t been a smooth ride. It hasn’t always been full of hope. But the 2017 season gave a glimpse of what Bell could do at the plate, and gave hope that he wouldn’t be relegated to a total disaster in the field. Bell is always going to be […]
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2017 Recaps: The Pirates Don’t Have an Easy Decision Behind the...

It’s common for a small market team like the Pirates to take on risks. They do so by adding reclamation pitching projects, or by relying on prospects, or by adding injury prone guys and hoping for the best possible health. Sometimes those risks work out, giving the team a lot of value, and showing why […]
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2017 Recaps: How Gregory Polanco’s Massive Upside Has Been Limited So...

No matter what happens, Gregory Polanco is going to be a very interesting case study for how nothing is guaranteed with prospects or young players, even as they are young players with a few years into their career. Polanco broke out in 2012, and started becoming one of the top prospects in the game in […]
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2017 Recaps: A Sign of Hope That Starling Marte’s Problems Won’t...

Starling Marte averaged around a 4.0 WAR from 2013-2016. Sometimes he was above that number, such as his 4.8 WAR in 2013. Sometimes he fell below that, but not too much, with his lowest being a 3.4 WAR in 2015. While Marte wasn’t being counted on for star or MVP production, he has been a […]
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