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First Pitch: Which Pirates Prospects Should Be Untouchable?

The Pittsburgh Pirates exit their day off on Thursday with a three game series on the road this weekend against the Atlanta Braves. They...

First Pitch: The Pirates Pitchers Will Have an Innings Concern in 2024

Mitch Keller pitched 194.1 innings last year. It was an increase from his 159 inning total in 2022, which was an increase over the...

First Pitch: The Problem Isn’t Just Andy Haines

What role does a hitting coach play? On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton went on 93.7 The Fan, and among the things he said...

First Pitch: The Boom and Bust Versions of Bailey Falter

In his first start of the season, Bailey Falter allowed six earned runs in four innings. At the time, it was uncertain why the...

First Pitch: The Pittsburgh Pirates Have a Serious Problem on Offense

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the worst hitting teams in the majors this year. Their wOBA of .289 ranks 28th in baseball. Their 84...

First Pitch: Elite Young Pitchers and Their Current Values

In my prospect rankings this year, I've been introducing the concept of Current Values. Most prospect rankings focus on a Future Value. This becomes confusing...

First Pitch: Pirates Promote Charles McAdoo and Jaden Woods to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted two of their 2023 draft picks to Double-A Altoona on Friday. Infielder Charles McAdoo and left-handed reliever Jaden Woods were...

First Pitch: The Greensboro Grasshoppers Clinched the Playoffs

The Greensboro Grasshoppers are going to the post-season, after clinching a division title for the first time since 2012. On Thursday night, the Grasshoppers clinched...

First Pitch: The Next Eight Months Will Reveal if the Pirates Are Serious About Winning

The Pittsburgh Pirates enter their off-day on Thursday with a 36-38 record. They're third in the NL Central, which is currently dominated by the...

First Pitch: Bryan Reynolds and the Consistency of the Pirates Offense

Bryan Reynolds currently has a 16-game hitting streak, with at least one hit in every game this month. Reynolds has been hitting the ball hard...

First Pitch: Paul Skenes Passed a Big Test in Victory Against the Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates called up right-handed pitcher Daulton Jefferies prior to Monday's game. With the bullpen depleted after two bullpen games over the last...

First Pitch: The Other Side of the Bullpen Games

I love bullpen games. I'll start with the disclaimer that it is difficult for me to get into the fan mindset, where I need a...

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