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Orioles acquire OF Travis Snider in trade with Pirates

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a minor league pitcher and a player to be named. The teams announced the trade Tuesday night. The Pirates got left-hander Stephen Tarpley. The 26-year-old Snider hit .264 with 13 home runs and a career-best 38 RBIs in 140 games for the Pirates last season. He was a first-round...
Via AP on Fox
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Can Kang bring a bang to the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup?

Earlier this off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates made headlines by winning the bidding rights to Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang in somewhat of a stunning move. Kang who played for the Nexen Heroes in the Korean league destroyed competition this past season. In 116 games he hit 40 home-runs with 117 runs batted in, while posting an impressive .356 batting average. While those numbers...
Via isportsweb.com
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Josh Harrison < 500

Josh Harrison is why we watch sports. In June of 2013, I saw him playing in a Triple-A game in Durham. He played well enough that I came back from the game thinking to myself, “Yeah, I think he’s probably ready to take Brandon Inge’s spot as a utility player.” In early July of 2014, he was a Swiss-Army knife All-Star. The selection was objectively a bit undeserved because...
Via WHYGAVS?
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #9 – Cole Tucker

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Other Tall, Hard-Throwing Pirates Pitcher Returning From Tommy John Surgery

Jameson Taillon became the biggest profile Tommy John case for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, but another top pitching prospect also underwent the procedure. Clay Holmes went down a few weeks before Taillon, undergoing the surgery in mid-March. Holmes doesn’t have the same skills as Taillon, but he is a promising pitching prospect to follow, rating this year as the 17th best...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Neil Walker < 500

Neil Walker is a perfect storm. He, perhaps first and foremost, a wonderful story. He was drafted out of high school by his hometown team as a catcher in 2004, but he wasn’t all that well suited to the position and injuries eventually forced him to third base. In 2007, he moved to third base. Later in 2007 the front office that moved him to third base was completely fired and replaced...
Via WHYGAVS?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #10 – Elias Diaz

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #109: Josh Harrison | 2B/3B/OF | PIT

At this time last year, FanGraphs was unrolling 2014 ZiPS projections, and Josh Harrison’s name was hard to find. A little Ctrl+F action shows no mention of him in that write-up previewing the 2014 Pirates, and the only place his name does appear is next to a yawn-inducing .264/.302/.399 slash line. By wOBA, Harrison’s projected .302 was behind notable sluggers Jose Tabata...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fangraphs on Jung-ho Kang’s defense and the Pirates’ defensive strategies

The key passage from Miles Wray’s article: But I’d like to propose that, at least when it comes to fielding, Kang and the Pirates are a wonderful fit for one another, defensively speaking. I say this because Neal Huntington and his analytics team have been pulling off a wonderful trick for the last three years: in each season, the Pirates have put together an above-average defensive...
Via WHYGAVS?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Arbitration Settlements and the Pirates Payroll

The Pirates came to terms last week with nine arbitration eligible players. The big winners were Mark Melancon and Josh Harrison. Both received substantial raises. The biggest news was not who the Pirates settled with, but who they did not settle with. Agreements could not be reached with Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, and Vance Worley. Team policy is to not negotiate once arbitration...
Via Hidden Vigorish
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung-ho Kang and Infinite Infield Combinations

Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have reached a contract agreement with Jung-ho Kang we can let our imaginations run wild dreaming of the various infield combinations the Pirates could employ in the near future. Even prior to the Kang signing the Pirates had Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Josh Harrison, and Jordy Mercer – four accomplished major league players to man the infield...
Via Hidden Vigorish
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit

When John Fogerty debuted his 1985 hit song “Centerfield,” he reminded people of the joy inherent in baseball—the video produced for this musical, lyrical, and nostalgic homage to baseball depicts a collage of footage featuring baseball’s legends, including Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Roy Campanella, Casey Stengel, Ted Williams, Duke...
Via The Sports Post
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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