Bad Oneil Cruz Takes & Good Draft Picks Oneil Cruz is adjusting to major league pitching, but there are some folks out there ready for the Pittsburgh Pirates to send him back down to AAA. We’ll compare him to a current superstar who has great things to say about the Pirates rookie and explain why he should remain in the majors. We’reContinue reading “Bad Oneil Cruz Takes & Good Draft Picks”

Pirates Saving Roansy & Prepping For A Draft The Pittsburgh Pirates sent down Roansy Contreras, but it is all part of a plan. We debate if the plan makes sense and compare it to how other teams have handled pitchers at similar points in their career. Joe Doyle of Prospects Live also breaks down the upcoming MLB Draft and who he thinksContinue reading “Pirates Saving Roansy & Prepping For A Draft”

Setting A Pirates Lineup As the last of the fireworks are used up, the Pirates find themselves with a clear starting nine. Can the team take feelings out and play that starting lineup based solely on results? We have the perfect #2 and #3 hitters to build around, and putting those hitters in the right spots should maximiseContinue reading “Setting A Pirates Lineup”

Not All Pirates Problems Are Bad Matt Capps joins us to express concerns about David Bednar’s use, and he has the life-experience to speak on it. He also talks about what he sees lately from Mitch Keller. Is this the breakthrough? Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also joins us to figure out what happens to young call-ups on theContinue reading “Not All Pirates Problems Are Bad”

Watch The Pirates, Kid Oneil Cruz is finally here and he can throw baseballs faster than the average ballplayer and leap buildings in a single bound. While all of that hype is fun, Pittsburgh Pirates fans should expect ups-and-downs with the young SS, but also enjoy a lineup that we only imagined a year ago. Craig also insistsContinue reading “Watch The Pirates, Kid”

Pirates A Little Light On Pitchers A load of recent Pittsburgh Pirates transactions exposed a 40-man roster crunch when it comes to pitching. But what may be a problem in the short term had good long-term intentions behind it. Fans may soon see guys going longer with less stuff on the mound. Plus, Bryan Reynolds is good again and itContinue reading “Pirates A Little Light On Pitchers”

Pirates Winning More Than Expected We think an infield is coming together, with an unlikely fit at 1B. The team that picked up Cole Tucker should tell fans that other teams operate similarly to the Pirates. And Craig explains that his frustration with Ben Cherington is because he makes the same mistakes. Craig Toth covers the Pirates for Inside TheContinue reading “Pirates Winning More Than Expected”

Finding Future Pirates Down On The Farm Spenser Smith brings play-by-play magic to Bradenton Marauders broadcasts, and is the perfect expert to bring in for a look down on the farm. We’re talking about the prospects you know, the ones you don’t know and how it takes more than a quick look at the stat sheets to evaluate progress in theContinue reading “Finding Future Pirates Down On The Farm”

Hey Pirates, Let The Kids Play! The guys would like to see some of the young prospects get some playing time at the MLB level, and Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette agrees. Listen as he identifies one of the biggest frustrations for Pirates fans. We’re also looking for positives in the rotation, while celebrating six Pirates prospects moving upContinue reading “Hey Pirates, Let The Kids Play!”

A Pirates Core Is Building Don’t look now, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are starting to find some starting pitching. (Well, not so much with the opener on Monday night…but you get the idea.) They also have sent Cole Tucker down to the minors and we don’t think he’s coming back. Craig identifies the next Pirates prospect he thinks shouldContinue reading “A Pirates Core Is Building”