A Glimpse Into The Future Of The Pittsburgh Pirates

The year is 2023 and it’s opening day for Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Ke’Bryan Hayes is gearing up to take a run at winning his third Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in a row, as Liover Pegeuro and Nick Gonzalez field grounders from 1st Baseman Mason Martin. In theContinue reading “A Glimpse Into The Future Of The Pittsburgh Pirates”

Pirates Outfield Options In The Rule 5

Last week when General Manager Ben Cherington spoke with Jason Mackey of the PG, he talked about the desire to acquire at Fourth Outfielder ; a possibility our own Gary Morgan addressed just a few days ago. As Gary mentioned, it is clearly a need going into 2021; and how he manages this situation couldContinue reading “Pirates Outfield Options In The Rule 5”

Cherington’s Possible Targets In The Rule 5 Draft

For me the Rule 5 Draft is such an unpredictable process, that rarely produces anything beyond a roster filler or depth piece for the upcoming year, so I almost avoided writing a prediction piece as to who the Pirates will pick entirely; after all, I already wrote a breakdown of how I thought it wouldContinue reading “Cherington’s Possible Targets In The Rule 5 Draft”

Breaking Down The Pirates Rule 5 Draft Possibilities

Ever since the deadline passed to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft, Pirates Fans and media members alike have taken to social media, as well as their own sites and publications, to inform the masses of potential targets that other teams around Major League Baseball chose not to add to their 40-man rosters. TheseContinue reading “Breaking Down The Pirates Rule 5 Draft Possibilities”

Through The Prospect Porthole: A Trio Of Young Catchers

About a week ago I wrote a column about the future of Jacob Stallings at the catcher position, which brought up the topic of three specific young catchers in the Pirates Farm System that I currently have my eye on; none of whom are ranked in the top prospects on any site at the presentContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: A Trio Of Young Catchers”

Through The Prospect Porthole: A JUCO Bandit

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with the Pirates Fifth Round Pick from the 2020 MLB June Amateur Draft, Logan Hoffman, on a lazy Sunday afternoon. As I have become more familiar with the decisions that players make concerning following the Junior College path to the majors, it hasContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: A JUCO Bandit”

Through The Prospect Porthole: A Year Without Minor League Baseball

This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking with several members of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2020 Draft and UDFA Class, all of whom are currently participating in the Instructional League at the Pirates Spring Training Facilitates in Bradenton, Florida. As each interview progressed I always found myself coming around to their individual draft experienceContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: A Year Without Minor League Baseball”

Pirates Youth Movement: Top Prospects Highlight Instructional League Roster

It goes without saying that this spring and summer was full of disappointments for Pirates fans and those within the Pittsburgh organization; from the Front Office, all the way down to the most recently drafted and acquired players. Much of this goes beyond the 19-41 record, accumulating injuries and underwhelming individual performances on the bigContinue reading “Pirates Youth Movement: Top Prospects Highlight Instructional League Roster”

The Pirates Rule 5 Protection Plan

Whenever the Rule 5 Draft is brought up to Pirates Fans it’s almost a guarantee that you will hear about how Pittsburgh acquired “The Great One” Roberto Clemente in 1954, even though the Dodgers tried, unsuccessfully” to hide him in Montreal. Now we all know that a move like this one is extremely unlikely; especiallyContinue reading “The Pirates Rule 5 Protection Plan”

Pirates Top Five Prospect Edition: A Way Too Early Projection Of The 26 Man Roster

The dust hasn’t completely settled from the Pirates disappointing 19-41 season and we are still about a month away from decisions concerning options and qualifying offers for arbitration, as well as the beginning of free agency, yet I can’t stop myself from thinking about the composition of Pittsburgh Opening Day Roster for 2021; especially theContinue reading “Pirates Top Five Prospect Edition: A Way Too Early Projection Of The 26 Man Roster”