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Pittsburgh Pirates: impact of the Travis Snider trade

Travis Snider’s career in Pittsburgh came to an end on Tuesday when the Pirates traded him to the Baltimore Orioles. In return the Pirates received minor league pitcher Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later. Tarpley, a former 2013 third round pick, is a left handed pitching prospect with potential upside. He is coming off of a decent season in the minors and hopes to build...
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #6 – Nick Kingham

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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Keith Law’s Top Ten Pirates Prospects

In the previous two days, Keith Law has released his list of the top 100 prospects in baseball and he ranked each organization according to the strength of their farm system. On Friday, he posted the individual top tens for each organization. The Pittsburgh Pirates had five players on his top 100 list and those players remained in the same order in his top ten. Tyler Glasnow was...
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FG on Fox: Why Starling Marte Might Be an MVP Candidate

Starling Marte was already one of the kings of hidden value. Metrics like Wins Above Replacement (WAR) have loved him, despite his average power, and despite his ugly ratios of strikeouts to walks. One contributing factor has been that he’s played half the time in an extremely pitcher-friendly ballpark, but this goes well beyond that. […]
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First Pitch: Here is Why Projection Systems Will Be Low on the Pirates For the 2015 Season

Yesterday, Baseball Prospectus released their PECOTA projections, and the results weren’t favorable for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had an 80-82 projected record, finishing third in the NL Central, behind the Cardinals and the Cubs. That projected record has actually changed today, moving to 81-81 after the Travis Snider trade (and the Pirates improving in projections after trading...
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Why Starling Marte might be an MVP candidate

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Jake Elmore Sent Outright to Indianapolis

Infielder Jake Elmore has cleared waivers and has been assigned to Indianapolis. The Pittsburgh Pirates designated Elmore for assignment  last Tuesday when they made the Jung Ho Kang signing official. The Pirates originally claimed Elmore off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds back on November 7th. The 27-year-old will now serve as a depth option in AAA, where he will likely see time...
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More Praise For Alen Hanson

Earlier today, we unveiled the #7 prospect on our top 20 countdown and it was Alen Hanson. He also was named the 89th ranked prospect by Keith Law in his top 100 list today. Jonathan Mayo capped off the day for Hanson with an honorable mention in an article that goes along with their series of top ten prospects at each position. MLB Pipeline still considers Hanson a shortstop for...
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The World Series Bound Pittsburgh Pirates?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the verge of something special. The Pirates had set the league standard for losing for two straight decades. For 20 straight seasons the Bucs posted a losing record and couldn’t figure out how to compete after three consecutive National League East (remember this is the early 90s and there was no NL Central yet) division titles. Maybe it was letting...
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #7 – Alen Hanson

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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Austin Meadows Named Eighth Best Outfield Prospect

MLB Pipeline wrapped up their lists of the top ten at each position on Thursday, saving outfielders for last. Austin Meadows was the lone representative of the Pirates among outfielders, coming in eighth on the list. They write-up says Meadows has a “smooth left-handed swing with five-tool potential”. While he does possess the potential for four plus tools, his arm is average...
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Five Pirates Make Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospect List

Keith Law released his top 100 prospect list today(subscription required) and the Pittsburgh Pirates have five players on the list. Led by Tyler Glasnow in the 13th spot, he also has Austin Meadows at #32, Jameson Taillon at #36, Josh Bell ranked 60th overall and Alen Hanson takes the 89th spot. Insiders can see the profiles for the top 50 prospects here, and prospects 51-100 here...
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Player Profile #92: Gerrit Cole | SP | PIT

Gerrit Cole was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft with the expectation that he could someday become a franchise-changing ace. From 1993 until 2012 the Pirates failed to make the playoffs, and heading into 2013 the postseason drought was a generation long. In 2013, Cole made his Pirates debut and helped to usher in a new era, one that...
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First Pitch: Where Would Stephen Tarpley Have Ranked in the Pirates 2015 Top 50?

The first year I released the Prospect Guide, I decided to publish the book in late January. The thing about writing a book on prospects is that the transactions involving those prospects are a never-ending process. Whether it’s my book, Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, or any other team book, there’s always a risk that a player will be traded away after the publishing...
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Pirates Sell High on Travis Snider

Maximizing value is the key to success for any resource starved low revenue major league baseball team. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington has a fairly strong track record when it comes to buying low on talent. His eye for finding undervalued assets is one of the biggest reasons the Pirates have turned into a contender after so many years of being a laughingstock...
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Pirates Sign Wilkin Castillo to a Minor League Deal

According to Jon Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Wilkin Castillo to a minor league deal. Wilkin Castillo has signed minor league contract with Pirates, source says. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 28, 2015 Castillo had two brief stints in the majors in 2008 and 2009 with the Reds. He is 30 years old, and has been playing in the Mexican Leagues in each of...
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Travis Snider And His Lunchbox Shipped To Baltimore

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Travis Snider to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitcher Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later. Snider is no stranger to the AL East beginning his MLB career north of the border with the Toronto Blue Jays. The former 1st round pick struggled to find consistency with the Blue Jays and was eventually dealt to the Pirates before...
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Keith Law Ranks Pirates As Seventh Best Farm System

On ESPN today, Keith Law posted his rankings of all 30 MLB farm systems(subscription required), rating the Pittsburgh Pirates as the seventh best system in baseball. He doesn’t mention any current prospects by name, and instead he notes that they have several players that should help the Major League club this year, while each affiliate should have at least one star on their Opening...
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #8 – Mitch Keller

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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Pirates send Travis Snider to the Orioles for Steven Tarpley

The Pirates and Orioles agreed on a trade to send Travis Snider to Baltimore tonight in exchange for minor league lefty Steven Tarpley and a player to be named later. On its face, this seems like a bit of a strange move for a contender to make: even if you assume that Gregory Polanco was going to start in right field over Snider (he was), Snider is a relatively cheap, relatively...
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First Pitch: Did the Pirates Make a Mistake Trading Snider, Or Are They Selling High?

I found myself going back and forth between two thoughts when thinking about the Travis Snider trade this evening. The first thought involved thinking about the possibility that Snider could be the next Brandon Moss. The Pirates got Moss in the Jason Bay deal, hoping that his power potential would translate over to the majors. It never did, although he did have a huge season with...
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Travis Snider traded to Orioles

The Pirates sent Travis Snider to Baltimore in exchange for pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and another player to be named later on Tuesday night.  Just when it was looking like the Bucs were done making moves for the winter, Neal Huntington struck again…although this one is a bit of a head scratcher so far. Although there hadn’t been any rumors leading up to this, it shouldn’t...
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Baltimore Orioles To Acquire Travis Snider

The Orioles are have acquired Travis Snider from the Pirates in exchange for class-A pitcher Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Snider had a strong season with the Pirates in 2014, hitting .264 with 13 home runs in 359 appearances at the plate. Snider and the Pirates avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $2.1M salary for 2015...
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MLB News: Orioles acquire Travis Snider

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates, in exchange for LHP Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later. Orioles give up LHP Stephen Tarpley and a PTBNL for Travis Snider. — Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) January 28, 2015 Snider, 26,  had a slow start to the season, but ended up with a .264 AVG with 13 homers; he was...
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Passan: Snider deal ‘believed to be done’

Source: Travis Snider deal to Baltimore believed to be done. Class A pitcher Stephen Tarpley one of the prospects going to the Pirates. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 28, 2015
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