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Winter Leagues: Valle Returns to Action, Kennelly Helps Perth Clinch Playoff Spot

On Wednesday night in Mexico, catcher Sebastian Valle returned to action with his new team. He was drafted by Jalisco for the finals on Tuesday. In his first game back, he went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored, as his team lost by an 11-8 score. In the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his team’s 5-1 win. The Gigantes took a 3-2 lead in the best-of...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Top 20 Pirates Prospect List From John Sickels Has Some Interesting Rankings

John Sickels at Minor League Ball, has released his annual top 20 prospects list for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The full list, with his scouting reports can be found here. I’ll quickly go over some of the highlights from the list. Sickels ranks Tyler Glasnow at the top, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone reading this site. Glasnow had an outstanding season and has been picking...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez < 500

This is an unpopular opinion, but I think there’s a decent chance that Pedro Alvarez will be the exact first baseman the Pirates need him to be in 2015. This is buried well underneath the throwing problems, the position change, the power outage, and the foot injury, but in 2014, Pedro Alvarez finally did the two things that everyone has been saying that he needed to do to become...
Via WHYGAVS?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #11 – Harold Ramirez

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #109: Josh Harrison | 2B/3B/OF | PIT

At this time last year, FanGraphs was unrolling 2014 ZiPS projections, and Josh Harrison’s name was hard to find. A little Ctrl+F action shows no mention of him in that write-up previewing the 2014 Pirates, and the only place his name does appear is next to a yawn-inducing .264/.302/.399 slash line. By wOBA, Harrison’s projected .302 was behind notable sluggers Jose Tabata...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fangraphs on Jung-ho Kang’s defense and the Pirates’ defensive strategies

The key passage from Miles Wray’s article: But I’d like to propose that, at least when it comes to fielding, Kang and the Pirates are a wonderful fit for one another, defensively speaking. I say this because Neal Huntington and his analytics team have been pulling off a wonderful trick for the last three years: in each season, the Pirates have put together an above-average defensive...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vance Worley < 500

Honestly, Vance Worley is one of the pitchers that I found the most interesting as last year wore on, and he’s probably going to get the shortest post in this whole series. The reason is that Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs more or less did my work for me here, with his post from late last summer entitled “Return of the Most Deceptive Pitcher in Basball” about Worley. There is a...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Arbitration Settlements and the Pirates Payroll

The Pirates came to terms last week with nine arbitration eligible players. The big winners were Mark Melancon and Josh Harrison. Both received substantial raises. The biggest news was not who the Pirates settled with, but who they did not settle with. Agreements could not be reached with Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, and Vance Worley. Team policy is to not negotiate once arbitration...
Via Hidden Vigorish
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates finalize 4-year deal with Korean SS Jung Ho Kang

PITTSBURGH -- Even though the Pittsburgh Pirates employ one of the largest analytics departments in baseball, they are not exactly sure how Jung Ho Kang's outstanding statistics in South Korea will translate to the major leagues. They are willing to find out. Pittsburgh and the 27-year-old infielder finalized an $11 million, four-year contract on a busy Friday for the Pirates. The...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung-ho Kang and Infinite Infield Combinations

Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have reached a contract agreement with Jung-ho Kang we can let our imaginations run wild dreaming of the various infield combinations the Pirates could employ in the near future. Even prior to the Kang signing the Pirates had Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Josh Harrison, and Jordy Mercer – four accomplished major league players to man the infield...
Via Hidden Vigorish
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Agree To 4-Year Deal With SS Jung-Ho Kang

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang to a four-year, $16 million dollar contract. The Yonhap News Agency adds that the Pirates paid a slightly greater than $5M posting fee, bringing the total cost for the shortstop to around $21 million. Even if he fails to come close to what he produced in Korea, that’s a steal. Last...
Via Mets Merized Online
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit

When John Fogerty debuted his 1985 hit song “Centerfield,” he reminded people of the joy inherent in baseball—the video produced for this musical, lyrical, and nostalgic homage to baseball depicts a collage of footage featuring baseball’s legends, including Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Roy Campanella, Casey Stengel, Ted Williams, Duke...
Via The Sports Post
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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