From a Waiver Pickup to a Reliable Reliever

Before the 2020 season started in July, I had a conversation in a Rum Bunter recap about one of the Pirates’ exhibition games against Cleveland. The comment I specifically took note of was one about how Chris Stratton, a reliever in Pittsburgh’s bullpen, had been bad in 2019.

Five Pirates Thoughts at Five 3-1-21

Actual baseball, well sorta, is being played now and man did it feel good listening yesterday. It was also good to hear the genuine crack off the bat of Ke’Bryan Hayes. Man that kid makes a sound we haven’t heard in Pittsburgh since Josh Bell’s one month of dominance.

The Prospect Mix – Developing the Future

Sometimes we watch players join the system and worry about who will start where, or who’s blocking whom. That’s certainly one way to look at developing a system in baseball, one that has been effective through the years too.

Why Don’t Pirates Starters Go Deeper into Games?

Almost every day, I get asked this question and most of the time I brush it aside. It’s obvious right? They aren’t good enough. Well, that’s certainly part of the equation but as with almost every aspect of this beautiful game, it’s not that simple. Today, let’s dive in and really try to answer the question.