Pittsburgh Pirates

Taking Stock Of The Pirates' Farm System

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By: Noah Wright   The Pirates have a pretty good farm system right now, and speaking that the MLB team has hit a wall since the all-star break, I have to look for something positive to say about this team. But the future seems fairly bright. Some of their top prospects are making their way up through the system and by 2020, the Pirates could have a good team. So let's take a look at some of the Pirates top prospects. Infield: Right now, according to MLB.com, the Pirates top infield prospect is third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes. Granted, Hayes is...

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What The Pirates Need To Do If Jameson Taillon Needs Tommy John

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By: Noah Wright   In one of the most recent Pirates’ headlines, the Pirates’ ace entering the 2019 season has been shutdown for now after re-experiencing discomfort in his throwing forearm. This marks another huge blow not only for the young right hander, but also for the Pirates’ staff. Last year, Taillon was the team’s ace. In 191 innings, Taillon produced a 3.20 ERA, 3.46 FIP, and 1.176 WHIP. That also included a strong 2.2 BB/9 to go with a solid 8.4 K/9. Home runs weren’t a problem either as he gave up just .9 per 9 innings. SIERRA pegged...

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A Deeper Look Into Kyle Crick's 2019 Struggles

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By: Noah Wright   During 2018, Kyle Crick was one of the Pirates best relief pitchers. He overtook the set-up role early in the season, and rolled with it. Through 60 and a third innings, the hard throwing right hander pitched to a 2.39 ERA, 3.14 FIP, and 1.127 WHIP. Crick induced many strikeouts with a 9.7 K/9, and fixed his walk issue from his debut season with the SF Giants (4.7 BB/9 to 3.4 BB/9). All while giving up just 3 long balls all year. Overall, he held opponents to a .202/.285/.274 batting line. So given his breakout 2018,...

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How The Pirates Should Approach The Trade Deadline

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By: Noah Wright   The deadline is slowly approaching. We’re already in July, and have already heard multiple rumors about multiple teams and players. So far, we haven’t heard very much about the Pirates approach to the deadline. They said that they don’t think they’ll be sellers, but I don’t think it’s time to sell off tons of prospects. The team should not sell of the controllable pieces, namely Starling Marte and Felipe Vazquez. While both are having good seasons, especially Vazquez, the farm system isn’t in desperate need for prospects. Mitch Keller, is looking like a star in AAA,...

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The Pirates Shouldn't Trade Felipe Vazquez...Just Yet

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By: Noah Wright   Currently in the rumor mill, it seems the LA Dodgers are interested in Pirates’ closer Felipe Vazquez, which is understandable. They’re bullpen is very weak. While Kenley Jansen is having another strong season with a 3.21/3.24 ERA/FIP and 6.43 K/BB ratio, he has been a bit susceptible to the longball. Through 33 and two thirds innings, Jansen has given up 5 homers. Pedro Baez is having a good season as well with a sub-3 ERA/FIP (2.80/2.90). Outside of those 2, their relief corps are pretty weak. Off season signee Joe Kelly has been awful. He has...

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