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Today I would like to announce the addition of individual blogs to Pirates Prospects. The site has grown over the last few years, both in the amount of content produced, and the amount of people who contribute to the site. The main part of the site has become primarily focused on the news that surrounds the team. That didn’t leave much room for individual voices. The addition of the individual blogs will provide a section for those individual voices to weigh in on all Pirates-related topics.
Kristy Robinson was recently added to the site to cover the major league team for Pirates Prospects. Her blog will be used throughout the season to provide pre-game notes, lineups, and other news or thoughts that might not make it in to a full story.
My blog will be similar, but focused more on the minor league levels. I’ll have daily updates, and when I’m on the road covering minor league games I’ll have information updated on the blog prior to the games.
Wilbur Miller, Matt Bandi, and Kevin Creagh will also have blogs. Their blogs will be similar to columns, providing a place for them to provide their thoughts on whatever topic they want, whenever they want to talk about the topic.
John Dreker will run the history blog. For those of you who have enjoyed John’s history articles on the site, including the weekly feature and the daily “This Date in Pirates History” articles, they can now be found in one place.
The recent posts for each blog will be featured on the sidebar. The individual blog links can be found below.
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In the past few years it has been easy to follow the potential draft prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were usually picking at the top of the draft, which meant the list of players to choose from was limited to the top three or four guys. Last year they were picking first overall, which made things easy for the draft trackers. The starting group of players that I followed...
Jonah Keri, writing for Grantland, previews the 2012 Pirates. He's not terribly hard on the Bucs (he notes, as I have, that there's a lot of talent in the rotation but a huge bust potential as well), and he's got a very positive outlook for Andrew McCutchen.
But in his three big league seasons, McCutchen has now posted impressive power (23 homers, .198 ISO last year...
Matt Eddy of Baseball America, in his latest minor league transactions update, reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed David Valesente out of independent ball. Valesente hit for a .318/.407/.409 line in 154 at-bats last year, playing mostly third base.
Valesente attended St. Joseph’s, where he graduated in 2010. He was never drafted, and this will be his first contract...
Greg Johns of MLB.com tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates might sign utility player Chris Gimenez, who recently elected free agency after being outrighted by the Seattle Mariners. Gimenez can’t sign until Thursday after refusing the outright assignment.
In his career, Gimenez has a .171/.279/.272 line in 228 at-bats, including a .203/.314/.271 line in 59 at-bats in 2011. He’s...
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PITTSBURGH — First baseman Garrett Jones’ arbitration ruling is expected tomorrow, according to the Associated Press.
Jones, 30, asked for $2.5 million in his first year of arbitration, the Pirates countered with $2.25 million. Jones made $455,500 during the 2011 season.
The Pirates and Jones both stated their cases today in a salary arbitration hearing. The...
The Pirates Prospects 2012 Annual is expected to be released next week. The book is currently in the final proof and editing process, and should be published by the end of the weekend.
The 2012 Annual takes a look at the major league team, with player profiles for every player on the 40-man roster, and every player invited to Spring Training. We are even prepared to include A.J....
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen had a skype interview on Intentional Talk today on MLB Network.
Hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar kept it fun and light, not really talking much about the season. Here’s a few of the highlights:
On getting anxious for spring training: “I’m ready to get started. I’ve been working hard. I’m ready to get with my teammates again, be...
Outfielder Garrett Jones has asked a three-person arbitration panel for a $2.5 million salary this year, and the Pittsburgh Pirates argue he should be paid $2.25 million. Arbitrators Margaret Brogan, Dan Brent and Matt Goldberg are expected to made a decision Thursday, a day after they heard arguments during a hearing.
Garrett Jones and the Pirates argued their cases in a salary arbitration hearing today, according to the Associated Press.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will not offer veteran Dmitri Young a contract.
Deal is reportedly held up over money left on Burnett's contract