Pittsburgh Pirates

The Near Future For The Pirates: What Does It Hold

By: Noah Wright   In the Pirates current situation, the future could be the way to go. Afterall, they have a good minor league farm system, and that means that the near future could be bright for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I want to look at this within a 3 year standpoint, so by 2021, what will the team look like? Starting behind the plate, Francisco Cervelli is on the last year of his deal. However, the veteran back-stop has seemed to really enjoy his tenure in Pittsburgh. By the end of 2019, he’ll be 33 years old. Eventually, Elias Diaz...

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Pirates, Baseball Community Mourn Death of Bob Friend at 88

By Daniel Wilkins Longtime Pirates pitcher Bob Friend passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 88. The president of the Pittsburgh Pirates made the mournful announcement on Sunday, stating that “It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we confirm the passing of a beloved member of the Pirates family, Bob Friend, earlier this morning at the age of 88,”. Friend had 2 children, and multiple grandchildren as well. Friend played for Purdue University and made his debut in April of 1951 as a Pirate. For 15 more seasons, Friend would be a valuable starter in the...

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Taking A Look At The Pirates Steamer Projections

By: Noah Wright   Every year, the Fangraphs Steamer gives projections on how players in the MLB are going to play next season. The projections take into play multiple factors, and some, I think, are fairly accurate on the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, there are some I do disagree with. So with that, let’s get into it. Josh Bell (1B) Bell is projected to hit .270/.359/.445 with 18 home runs in 596 plate appearances. Overall, that’s a fair projection on how he will likely perform. Bell showed a much better eye in his second year, walking 13.2% of the time, while...

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Who Really Should Be Starting At Shortstop For The Pirates

By: Noah Wright   After losing long time starting shortstop Jordy Mercer, the Pirates are looking at a carousel of who’s starting at shortstop. For one, we have Erik Gonzalez, a former Indians farmhand who they acquired in a trade that sent Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff to Cleveland. Then we have a Seinfeld duo, Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer. Both performed well in the minors, having above .300 batting averages, Kramer showing some power, Newman showing some good speed, and both showing decent fielding work in Triple-A. However once the two made the majors, they struggled to find their...

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Analyzing The Pirates Top 5 Prospects

By: Noah Wright   The Pirates don’t have a bad farm system, but it certainly isn’t the best. Regardless, the team has some intriguing prospects. Today, I want to go over the team’s top 5, and analyze them based on how they did in the minors, and how Fangraphs ranks each of their tools. 1.) Mitch Keller RHP: Keller is the #1 prospect on every top Pirate prospect list. But it is for a good reason. Keller did great in Double-A, having a 2.72 ERA, 3.74 FIP, and 1.116 WHIP in 86 innings. Even though he struggled to a 4.82...

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