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First Pitch: The Departures from the 2019 Pitching Staff

I saw last night that Alex McRae signed with the Chicago White Sox. I didn’t even know that he was a free agent. He was designated for assignment after the season and sent outright to Indianapolis on November 4th when he cleared waivers. Since this was his second DFA, McRae had the option to become […]
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Ke’Bryan Hayes Ranks Second Among All Third Base Prospects

MLB Pipeline continued their rankings of the top prospects at each position on Tuesday morning. After Ji-Hwan Bae was the first representative of the Pittsburgh Pirates to make a top ten list yesterday (second base), Ke’Bryan Hayes was named the second best third base prospect. Hayes ranked behind Alex Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies for […]
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First Pitch: 1/21/20

Some notes and links for today: **My latest article for Baseball America went up last week, looking at Travis MacGregor’s rehab work through Tommy John, including what he worked on with Chad Kuhl, Edgar Santana, and Nik Turley during the process. **Ji-Hwan Bae got recognition for being a top second base prospect, despite being a […]
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Winter Leagues: Socrates Brito Drives in Four Runs in Opener of...

Our last Winter Leagues article was on Sunday, which covered the week in Australia and some weekend action from the other Pittsburgh Pirates who were still active in winter ball. There hasn’t been much to talk about over the last two days because only four players are still active, but Socrates Brito had a big […]
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Pirates Announce More Non-Roster Invites to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced 11 more non-roster invites to Spring Training on Monday afternoon. Unlike the previous names, which were all minor league free agents, these are all players who were already in the system. The list includes right-handed pitchers Luis Escobar, James Marvel, Nick Mears, Montana DuRapau and Tom Koehler. Left-handers Blake Weiman, Williams […]
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Ji-Hwan Bae Ranked Among the Top Second Base Prospects

MLB Pipeline has been posting their lists of the top ten prospects by position over the last few days. We noted last week that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have anyone among the top right-handed or left-handed pitchers. That’s not a surprise for left-handed pitchers because they don’t even have one among the top 30 prospects […]
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First Pitch: 1/20/20

We did a three-part series this weekend, looking at the big things we wish we knew about prospects ten years ago. If you missed...

First Pitch: Pirates and Mets Reportedly Discussing Starling Marte Again, Again

I was originally going to write about what I’ve learned on this site over the last ten years, following up on the responses from Wilbur Miller and John Dreker this weekend. However, a big rumor dropped last night that I wanted to discuss. I’ll have that other article tomorrow morning. #Mets and #Pirates recently reopened […]
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Winter Leagues: Robbie Glendinning Homers on Saturday; Collects Four Hits on...

In Australia on Friday, Robbie Glendinning started at shortstop and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. On Saturday, Glendinning was back at shortstop and he went 2-for-4 with a single, walk, three runs scored and his seventh home run. On Sunday afternoon (feels strange to write on early Sunday morning), Glendinning played […]
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Josh Bell’s Rank Among the Top First Basemen

MLB Network is continuing their series that covers the top ten players at each position. Last week we had a live discussion for center field and left field. Tonight’s shows were right field and first base. With Gregory Polanco being hurt for much of 2019, there wasn’t any chance that he would be among the […]
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The 2020 Prospect Guide is Now Available!

Pirates Prospects took the leap to being my full-time job at the end of the 2010 season, all thanks to the release of our...