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Pirates Have One Specific Need Heading into the Winter Meetings

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings take place this week, running Monday through the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. The meetings are a time when things really kick off in free agency and on the trade market. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, I wouldn’t be surprised if the meetings are slow. There aren’t many areas where the Pirates need to seek an upgrade. **They seem to be going...
Via Pirates Prospects
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Links: Trade Values, Mark Melancon’s Arbitration Price

Two interesting links to share this morning, while I take a brief break from writing profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide. **Every year, Jonah Keri at Grantland releases a “Trade Values” series, looking at the top 50 most valuable assets in baseball. Part one of his list went up today, and includes two Pirates outfielders. Gregory Polanco ranked 45th, falling into a tier of talented...
Via Pirates Prospects
16 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Players Who Are On My 2015 Draft Day Wish List

This post is a day late. Sorry about that, but my wife decided to throw a little birthday shindig for me on Sunday during my prime writing time. I can’t complain though because it was tons of fun to enjoy football without the stress of the Jets playing, plus I discovered Shipyard Gingerbreadhead beer (not as good as their Pumpkin Ale though), ate some pretty amazing potato chip...
Via Baseball Professor
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball This Year

On Friday night, Moises Alou announced that Gregory Polanco will play winter ball this upcoming season, joining Leones del Escogido in early December. Alou is the general manager of the Leones club and also mentioned that a decision hasn’t be made yet on Starling Marte. Polanco was the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the Dominican Winter League last year. Saturday...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Starling Marte and Russell Martin Named Gold Glove Finalists

Rawlings has announced their Gold Glove finalists, naming three players at each position in the AL and NL. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two finalists, with Starling Marte and Russell Martin being named finalists at their respective positions. This is the second year in a row that Marte and Martin were named as finalists. Last year Andrew McCutchen was also named a finalist, although...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Right Field Led to Unlikely Breakouts, But the Future is Gregory Polanco

Heading into the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were sticking with internal options in right field, just waiting for Gregory Polanco to arrive in the majors. Polanco was the long-term solution for the Pirates, completing their Dream Outfield along with Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. The Pirates opted to go with Travis Snider and Jose Tabata, two outfielders who struggled...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball

Prior to the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a big extension. The deal paid him $51.5 M, locking up all of his arbitration years and buying out control of three free agent years. That season, McCutchen responded with a 6.8 WAR, went on to win an MVP award the next year, and the extension started looking like a massive value for the Pirates. They might...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Offseason Notes and Potential Non-Tender Candidates

The first natural reaction to the end of every Pittsburgh Pirates season always seems to be, “Ahh these guys are going to suck next year.” Yeah, it’s true the Pirates don’t have a ton of flashy players outside of Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen but they are still a very good team. I remind you that they’ve gotten tons of production and value out of guys like Harrison...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Cursory Thoughts on 6 Breakout Seasons

For anyone who’s stumbled upon our site prior to this April, you probably have seen our Top 200 Countdown. During the offseason we release around three intense player profiles per day counting down the top 200 players in our rankings for the upcoming season. We get pretty detailed with our analysis in these profiles, and we do it for us just as much as we do it for you. While the...
Via Baseball Professor
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte not starting Saturday

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is out of the starting lineup again for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs, but is available to pinch run, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Marte was hit in the left elbow during Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Pirates enter play 2.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Starling Marte still out of the Lineup

Starling Marte will remain out of the lineup as he continues to deal with discomfort from being hit in an arm by a pitch against the Phillies on Thursday. “He’s improving to some degree, but not where he’s going to be able to start,” Clint Hurdle said. “The level of competing is still minimal at best.” Though he’s not extremely hampered by the injury, the discomfort...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte exits after HBP

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte can be added to the list of Thursday's HBP victims, coming out of the 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies after taking a pitch to his left elbow. MLB.com reports that Marte was hit by an A.J. Burnett breaking ball in the second inning. Manager Clint Hurdle suggested to MLB.com that Marte was unlikely to play Friday. The outfielder...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Curve Balls No Longer Kryptonite for Starling Marte

Starling Marte has been red hot since returning from the Disabled List on August 5th. Over his last 32 games he has a triple slash line of .342/.402/.575. But there is more to these numbers from Marte than just a hot stretch. He seems like a completely different hitter. Marte has made adjustments to cut down on his whiffs considerably. Prior to his stint on the DL with a concussion...
Via Hidden Vigorish
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Locke keeps Pirates in wild-card hunt with 9 Ks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Starling Marte hit a two-run homer and fell a triple short of the cycle to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Monday night. Jeff Locke (7-4) struck out nine over seven strong innings to help the Pirates keep their grip on the second NL wild card. They entered with a half-game lead ahead of Milwaukee and Atlanta. Locke and Kyle Kendrick...
Via AP on Fox
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Starling Marte’s Emergence

Of all the “breakout” talk going around the Pittsburgh Pirates, I think it’s safe to say Starling Marte’s breakout has been the most impressive lately. When a lot of the talk has been about Josh Harrison and Travis Snider having surprising seasons, Starling Marte has shown a huge, more impressive breakout of his own. Maybe he slides through because he was a highly rated prospect...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-18-14 thru 8-24-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/18/14 thru 8/24/14, the 21st week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 30 Runs Scored and 29 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Starling Marte. Marte has been hot all month, but he really turned it on this week. Marte blasted 3 homers, scored 7 runs, and had 10 hits in 23 ABs...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Marte Party

When you get a little cumin, coriander, curry, power and speed in the same dish, you got a Marte party! Whatever happened to that Next Food Network Star? She disappear with every other one, except Guy Fieri? As Anthony Bourdain aptly said, Fieri is the Poochie of the Food Network. Due to Fieri's success, they keep trying to sandwich (pardon the word) new personalities onto their...
Via Razzball
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Josh Harrison

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Washington Nationals on Sunday in 11 innings by the score of 6-5. The loss dropped the Pirates to 64-60 on the season, third in the National League Central. The Pirates are still in good position to make a run at the post season with 38 games left, but need better performance from a staff that is 16th in the league in ERA. There was some minor...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Freestyle: Starling Marte and Being Wrong by Craig Goldstein

Craig doesn`t like being wrong, but he doesn`t mind owning up to it about the Pirates outfielder.
Via Baseball Prospectus
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander leaves after one inning in Tigers' loss to Pirates

  Travis Snider hit two home runs, and Starling Marte drove in three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates coasted to a 11-6 win against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. The loss, coupled with Kansas City's 3-2 win over Oakland, dropped the Tigers a half-game behind the now-first-place Royals in the American League Central Division. Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Justin Verlander...
Via AP on Fox
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Snider hits 2 homers, Pirates top Tigers 11-6

PITTSBURGH (AP) Travis Snider hit two home runs, and Starling Marte drove in three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates coasted to a 11-6 win against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Justin Verlander with one out in the first inning, and Marte cleared them with a triple down the left field line. Snider drove Marte home when his grounder to first...
Via AP on Fox
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte activated

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday by the score of 3-2. The loss dropped the Pirates to 59-52 on the season, third in the National League Central. At only a game and a half back in the division, the Pirates are well positioned to make a playoff run down the stretch. The team should get an additional boost to the offense, as Starling Marte has been...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Starling Marte activated, Pedro Alvarez to bereavement list, Andrew McCutchen not on the disabled list (yet)

We have recalled Starling Marte from his rehab & reinstated from the 7-day DL and placed Pedro Alvarez on the Bereavement List. #Pirates — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 5, 2014
Via WHYGAVS?
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, according to Rob Biertempfel of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Biertempfel also reports that pitcher Gerrit Cole has been scratched from his rehab start scheduled for Saturday with Indianapolis:#183740687 / gettyimages.comMarte took a pitch to the helmet on July 18...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Marte homers in first D-backs' at-bat in victory

PHOENIX -- Andy Marte hit a two-run home run and Aaron Hill added a solo shot in the sixth inning to power the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. Nick Ahmed hit the Diamondbacks' third home run, an eighth-inning solo shot that was the first of his major-league career. Marte, called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day to help fill...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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