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2015 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

View image | The following is a team preview for the Pittsburgh Pirates from a fantasy baseball perspective, contributed by Brian Dunshee. Offseason Overview The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2015 campaign as one of the few standout NL powers, having two MVP caliber players on their team in Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. Though they lost the productive...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Owner wants to lock up Andrew McCutchen with a monster extension

An article today by Rob Biertempfel appears optimistic that the Pittsburgh Pirates will do an early contract extension with Andrew McCutchen that will keep him in a Pirates uniform for the remainder of his career. A quote from the Pirates owner, Bob Nutting: “Andrew’s been a critical part of the team,” owner Bob Nutting said Wednesday. “I love having him in a Pittsburgh...
Via Diamond Hoggers
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Three big questions for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Many experts around baseball believe 2015 will be the year the Pittsburgh Pirates truly join the ranks of baseball’s elite teams. ESPN’s Dave Schoenfield recently ranked the Pirates as the third best team in baseball. While hopes may be running high for this team, the Pirates know they have a few questions to answer before they are ready to compete with the likes of the Washington...
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates open to extending Andrew McCutchen

I’m a day behind on this story, but I think it’s an important one to weigh in on. Yesterday Bob Nutting talked to Rob Biertempfel at the Trib, saying that he’d like Andrew McCutchen to be a Pirate for a “long, long time” and Biertempfel’s sources indicated that while the Pirates are not actively engaged in extension talks with McCutchen, that the team would be willing...
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Player Profile #35: Starling Marte | OF | PIT

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! It says a lot about the Pirates that Starling Marte isn’t the best player on his team. Hell, he isn’t even the best guy in his team’s outfield. When you play next to Andrew McCutchen, you’re always going to be the second dog, but seeing as how McCutchen is a top five player in all of baseball, being...
Via Baseball Professor
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How Josh Bell’s Move to First Base Could Solve His Late-Season Drop in Power

The Pittsburgh Pirates will enter the 2015 season with Pedro Alvarez as their starting first baseman. Corey Hart will get some time as a platoon partner, and Andrew Lambo will be a depth option, likely making the Opening Day roster as a bench outfielder. There are question marks with all three first basemen. Can Alvarez make the transition to the new position, and can he return to...
Via Pirates Prospects
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Pirates Preparing to Offer Big Extension to Andrew McCutchen

The Pirates are preparing to offer a Giancarlo Stanton type extension to star center fielder Andrew McCutchen according to a report by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburg Tribune Review. Despite being under contract till the 2018 season, McCutchen is already arguably the greatest center fielder in Pirates history. He is the closest thing to a franchise player since Barry Bonds was in...
Via Baseball Essential
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Looking to Rest Their Way to a Competitve Advantage

The analytics team of the Pittsburgh Pirates led by Dan Fox leaves no stone unturned in searching for ways to maximize the performance of Pirate players. The most recent stone they turned over belongs to the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. As reported by Jayson Stark, the Pirates have been looking closely at the success of the Warriors. The Warriors have the best record in the...
Via Hidden Vigorish
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The Change That Will Help Tyler Glasnow Reach His Upside

The 2011 draft made headlines for the Pittsburgh Pirates for two main reasons. They selected Gerrit Cole first overall, and gave him a record-setting bonus of $8 M. They also took Josh Bell in the second round, then gave him a $5 M bonus, which is a record for the biggest bonus outside of the first round. But the best story of that draft could end up being their fifth round pick...
Via Pirates Prospects
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Nutting gains higher profile as Pirates chase bigger goals

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting is raising the stakes on his team in 2015. Nutting said Wednesday that ''expectations for '15 are higher'' after the Pirates earned back-to-back wild-card berths in 2013 and 2014. Nutting is also embracing a higher profile in Major League Baseball as his team's fortunes rise. The owner was placed on baseball's executive council...
Via AP on Fox
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The Next Steps in Jameson Taillon’s Tommy John Rehab Process

Jameson Taillon threw a bullpen session yesterday, which I outlined in the daily recap. Taillon is still in “rehab mode” as Clint Hurdle put it, which means he is still only throwing bullpen sessions on Tuesday and Friday, and still only at 25 pitches per session. One positive sign yesterday was that Taillon was using his curveball and changeup in the bullpen. This was the first...
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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Profile: Tyler Glasnow

The giant 6’8 Tyler Glasnow could end up in Pittsburgh in 2015 Everyone made a big deal about Gerrit Cole and he was worth every bit of hype. Everyone was also making a big deal about Jameson Taillon but injuries have since derailed him and the hype has shifted to the 5th round pick out of Hart High School in Santa Clarita, California, Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow had originally...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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John Holdzkom < 500

John Holdzkom started 2014 in independent ball and at one point in the season got cut by his indy league team. He has pitched for New Zealand’s World Baseball Classic team. One time he called in to Chelsea Peretti’s podcast, lamenting his blown baseball opportunity. The Pirates signed him out of the blue last summer, fixed his control issues, snuck him onto the 40-man roster...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

PNC Park Updates

The Pirates announced a few changes to PNC Park for the upcoming season, creating some additional space for fans that aren’t in their seats. Pirates unveil enhancements to PNC Park including new Leftfield Terraces and Porch area READ: — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) February 23, 2015 This sort of adds on to a side porch that...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Antonio Bastardo < 500

With most of the early spring training talk about the Pirates being extremely positive, their bullpen is sort of the elephant in the room. Obviously Tony Watson and Mark Melancon are great and John Holdzkom was promising down the stretch last year, but the Bucs’ bullpen blew a lot of leads last year. They did so especially when asked to throw more than two or three innings in a...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Necessity of Rookie Pitcher Contributions

It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates are a low revenue MLB team. Even with significant gains in attendance at PNC Park coupled with three straight years of increases in the price of tickets, the Pirates still rank in the bottom third of the league in revenues. Lower revenue clubs like the Pirates try to save on payroll by using younger inexperienced players that make league...
Via Hidden Vigorish
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Altoona Curve Giveaways Are Awesome

The Pirates have a pretty good track record when it comes to fan giveaways. For a long time, it was one of their best marketing tool to draw fans to the games. The promotions/giveaways at the major league level, while still occasionally exciting, have dropped off a bit lately now that attendance is great even without them. The schedule is now largely dominated by T-shirts and fireworks...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates are wearing awesome matte helmets this spring

One of the ways to my heart is when MLB teams make simple changes to their gear that look amazing. During Spring Training, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be wearing matte black helmets that look fantastic. Interesting nugget from @stephenjnesbitt, #Pirates will wear matte helmet in Spring Training. — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Spring Training Preview: Five Things to Watch For

One of the phrases I most look forward to hearing every new year is “Pitchers and Catchers”. It means the boys of summer are ready to come out and play again. It means the long cold winter will soon be ending. It means another baseball season is just around the corner. For Gerrit Cole and company it means time to get back to work. Pirates pitchers and catchers are scheduled...
Via Hidden Vigorish
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen: Baseball ‘Freezes Out’ Lower-Income Families

When Jackie Robinson West was stripped of its national Little League World Series title for violating residency rules Wednesday, shocked fans were left wondering how adults could destroy the dreams of preteens just to win. But Andrew McCutchen doesn’t see it that way. The Pittsburgh Pirates star wrote a thoughtful piece for The Players’ Tribune on...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Pittsburgh Pirates have the best outfield in baseball?

As the Pittsburgh Pirates attempt to make the post season for the third consecutive year in 2015, their success will ultimately hinge on the production of their most talented unit: the starting outfield. Often touted as one of the best outfields in all of baseball, the trio of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Gregory Polanco will need to deliver big numbers if Pittsburgh hopes...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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