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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 a deserving winner last season, and he improved his defense significantly this year (according to UZR and the general fan consensus – including myself). That said, he still probably wasn’t the best CF in the league. Gomez was a very deserving winner with a dominating performance in the advanced metric Defensive Runs Saved and a much better UZR than McCutchen. Cutch won the award on reputation, offense, and a few highlight reel plays last year, and despite following that up with an MVP-caliber season, he wasn’t a gold glover.
Marte is basically the opposite. His advanced metric numbers should have easily given ...
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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...
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.
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A year ago, general manager Neal Huntington and the Pirates identified one major hole to address in free agency, locked in on veteran catcher Russell Martin and aggressively pursued him until he was crouched behind home plate at PNC Park.
This year, a more patient approach will guide the franchise when free agency begins at the conclusion of the World Series, Huntington said in...
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.
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...
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...
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...