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Saturday, December 3, 2022

First Pitch: Thoughts on Glasnow, Morales, Drew, and Tabata

Here are today’s stories, along with some notes on each feature.

**Do Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew Make Sense for the Pirates? I looked at both players today, along with the situation where no MLB teams like them enough to offer a contract. In both cases, I think the names are more valuable than the actual players. They’d be good for the Pirates if things went wrong at certain positions, but I don’t think these are guys who should force the Pirates to panic.

As a side note to this, there was a note I wanted to make from the comment section. I mentioned this in the past, but we’re taking a different approach with MLB coverage this year. We’re ignoring the game recaps and all of the cookie cutter articles you find at every single outlet, and going for more analysis. However, because of sample size issues, it’s hard to get good analysis this early in the season. Plus, as always, our writers are usually only covering the team at home, thus we wouldn’t have had coverage the last week, even if we were doing game recaps.

**Tyler Glasnow Brings Heat in Extended Spring Training Start. I’m looking forward to seeing him in Bradenton. It appears he will be making his season debut by next week around this time. It’s not like the farm system has zero good stories, since Gregory Polanco has been a great story each day. However, the system has seen a ton of injuries, so getting Glasnow back, and getting him throwing a ton of heat, is going to be a nice boost.

**John Dreker has the Prospect Watch tonight, in which he points out that Adrian Sampson and John Kuchno pitched gems.  Also, check out the Minor League Schedule, which we have going up on the site each morning. A few of you have asked about season stats in these articles. We will be eventually adding those, but we’re looking for a good way to implement this on the site, rather than manually adding stats each night (most of which don’t update on the season until hours after the game is over).

**Jose Tabata Leaves Wednesday’s Game With Concussion-Like Symptoms. With the way Travis Snider has been playing lately, this is no more than a bench bat going down. If Tabata goes out, I wouldn’t expect a big bat to come from Triple-A (Gregory Polanco, Andrew Lambo). Instead, I’d expect a bench bat to replace Tabata, since that hitter wouldn’t be getting a lot of playing time.

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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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Joe Nastasi

Tim love the site. A little off subject. One thing I would like to see you change is on probable pitching chart if you put the pitchers names in caps or something to distinguish if there at home or not. We take a few road trips every year & this would cut down on our research. Keep up the great work.


If Tabby goes on the DL, call up Polanco. Actually, call him up regardless. This lineup needs it. Lambo won’t help, he’d make matters worse. Hopefully, he’s never on the Pirates’ 25 man again. Sign Drew, too. Mercer is awful. He is arguably the worst defensive SS in baseball, and can’t hit either.


Oh man ! Have you been living in a cave and not read ANY thing Tim has put down about Polanco ?


Forgot that he’s the be all end all of baseball.


Genius !


Seeing the Tabata injury definitely puts to the forefront the fact they could use another righty corner OF.


Did you not read any of the comments before yours ? Wow !


Tim- With the MLB coverage, I don’t think ignoring the write-ups for the games on a daily basis is a good idea. It makes sense in the minor leagues where maybe the actual results of the game win or lose aren’t important, but the only reason prospects sites exist, is to get us excited about the future of results in the big show, there is a very strong connection between the day to day games, box scores etc……and the fervor that’s created for the prospects to join it, replace someone, etc. and I’d rather not have to go to other outlets to get that information since most of them, well suck. Just my 2 cents worth, but i’d like to see more daily coverage there….and it really shouldn’t matter whether the team is home or away.


Tim you are great at what you do and I love the site regardless, but I think it’s a poor business decision. I wouldn’t want my readers going to other sites to get information I already cover. Not only that but I think a lot of people like to comment, or see your comments after each game. Again, just my 2 cents as a long time fan of the site.


Thanks for the reply and understanding I wasn’t being disrespectful. I’ll be on the look out for the new content.


I am the last one to shill for the Trib,but their daily Pirate coverage does NOT suck.

Lee Young

“We’re ignoring the game recaps and all of the cookie cutter articles you find at every single outlet, and going for more analysis.”

I agree…that’s what *I* come here for….


I am in total agreement with Lee Tim. There are plenty of sites to get reliable game re-caps,including BD and the Trib coverage. I think most visitors here come for the MiLB information you all provide so well. While I am at,keep up the good work.


Thanks for the response Tim.


Since Decker is on the 40-man roster, it most likely will be him called up if Tabata goes on 7-day DL for concussion. I prefer they bring up Lambo since he can play OF and 1B, and he’s a better hitter.

Ron Loreski

I can’t see them bringing up Lambo unless he will get everyday at bats. Snider and Gabby Sanchez are hitting the ball well enough to get the bulk of the at bats. Decker makes the most sense. Or even Brett Morel. Josh Harrison could serve as the 4th OF.


I could see them calling up Dickerson. The thing not working in his favor is the fact he’s not on the 40 man. Guess it would depend on how long they think Tabata will be out.


Decker more than likely ?

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