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Earlier today I looked at the right field position for the 2013 season, then looked at the free agent options this off-season. Right field was an issue for the Pirates this year, to the point that they had to trade for Marlon Byrd before the August trade deadline to shore up the position. In the future, right field won’t be an issue with Gregory Polanco close to the majors, and likely arriving during the 2014 season.
As I pointed out in the free agent article, there aren’t a lot of options for the Pirates. The best options would demand multiple years, a lot of money, and the loss of a first round pick in 2014. You’d be giving up a pick, spending a lot of money, and blocking your best prospect, all to fill a hole for one year, and maybe less than that. There are a few bounce back candidates, although they’re all older with questions that they’re on the downside of their career, rather than in a down year. A better alternative to a bounce back candidate would be Jose Tabata and Andrew...
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In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to eight games on Sunday with a double in five AB’s. Despite the hitting streak, he has gone 3-for-13 in his last three games with five strikeouts. He is hitting .394 in 33 AB’s, just two less AB’s than he had all of last Winter in the Dominican.
Mel Rojas made his Winter debut last night
Carlos Paulino went 1-for...
Jose Tabata started slow, but had a strong finish to the 2013 season. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
During the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a few options in right field, and none of them worked out. Heading into the 2013 season, it looked like they would solve this problem by going with a quantity of starting candidates, giving them a chance that one could break out. They...
Andrew McCutchen (Courtesy of Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)
Rawlings announced the finalists for the 2013 NL Gold Glove awards today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had three players in contention. Russell Martin, Starling Marte, and Andrew McCutchen were all finalists at their positions.
Martin was one of the three finalists at catcher, which also include A.J. Ellis of...
One of the few positions of need in 2014 is right field. As I pointed out in the 2013 right field recap, the Pirates struggled throughout the 2013 season with their right fielders. That changed in late August when they traded for Marlon Byrd, although Byrd is a free agent this off-season and will likely be looking for a multi-year deal after his career year at the age of 36.
Gerrit Cole was named to Baseball America’s All-Rookie team. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Baseball America released their All-Rookie team for the 2013 season, and Gerrit Cole was named as one of the top five starters. That’s not a surprise, as Cole was fantastic in his rookie campaign, especially during the month of September when he started looking like an ace. The other four...
Alen Hanson was named to the AFL Fall Stars Game.
The Arizona Fall League announced their “Fall Star Game” rosters, which is the new term for the former Rising Stars Game. Alen Hanson was named to the roster for the East Division, and is the only Pirates prospect who will be in the event. The selection is usually reserved for the top prospects in the league. Last year Vic Black...
The Pirates are going to end up with plenty of honors and awards this year, but there won’t be any Gold Gloves among them. No Bucs were among the NL winners announced Tuesday night. Andrew McCutchen (the 2012 winner), Starling Marte, and Russell Martin were finalists, but Carlos Gomez (CF), Carlos Gonzalez (LF), and Yadier Molina (C) took home the gold.
McCutchen wasn’t really...
Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Russell Martin were all "nominated" for Gold Gloves this year, but all three missed out on the awards for their individual positions when they were handed out on Tuesday night. McCutchen lost to Carlos Gomez in center and Martin lost to Yadier Molina, both of which were justified results, while Starling Marte lost to Carlos Gonzalez...
Marte will return to the leadoff role for PIT in 2014, but will he be able to replicate his .340+ OBP?
I recall a Twitter conversation I had with Fangraphs’ Eno Sarris before the 2013 season, one that centered around Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte. More specifically, it centered around Marte’s chances at sticking in the leadoff spot.
Batting in front of Andrew McCutchen and Pedro...
The Pittsburgh Pirates‘ biggest need in the offseason is first base. Garrett Jones will likely be non-tendered, Gaby Sanchez may or may not be back, and Justin Morneau isn’t worth bringing back unless there aren’t any better options. Sanchez is a good player, but only against left-handed pitching. If the Pirates plan on keeping Sanchez to put him in a platoon, then they need...
On Monday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost their fourth straight game, going down 4-0 to Peoria. They have been a streaky team this year, losing five in a row after winning on Opening Day, then winning five in a row prior to this current losing streak.
Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. He was at shortstop...
Would it be worth the Phillies time to recreate this picture in 2014?
Each day until free agency begins, we at Phillies Nation will take a look at a player who will become a free agent five days after the World Series’ conclusion. We will explore potential performance, fit, cost, and feasibility. We continue today with right-handed outfielder Marlon Byrd. And a reminder: you can...
Gregory Polanco had his second straight 1-for-4 game, picking up a single. He has hits in seven straight games to start the Dominican League season. Polanco is 12-for-28 with four doubles and three homers.
Polanco has hits in all seven games he has played in Winter Ball
Luis Sanz allowed one run on one hit and he a hit batter in two innings of work. He also threw a wild pitch. In...