Adam Reynolds

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Promotion Candidate: Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson has flown under the radar in Indianapolis, with a 2.27 ERA in 8 starts in Indianapolis. Is he a pitcher who can help the major league team, perhaps by late June? Wilson had another...

Q's Questionable Prospect Status


Pirates Prospects evaluates Quincy Latimore, who hit 19 home runs and drove in 100 runs. They aren't impressed due to the lack of walks, and large amount of strikeouts. One other point not mentioned is that Latimore is right handed. He's compared in this piece to Jeff Clement and John Bowker, but those players keep getting major league jobs in large part because of the left handed stick. At least he's only 22, so there is time for Quincy to make some adjustments and be less of a guess hitter. That way he can harness his surprising power Easier said than done, though.

2011 Pirates Scoreboard Videos


The 2011 videos are up, including the tribute for Chuck Tanner, Pirates manager during their 1979 championship season. Also, there is Joel Hanrahan's entrance video and some others.


Paul Maholm And Kevin Correia's Stuff

Some Pirates starting pitchers have gotten off to a decent ERA start, but can they keep it up?  I'll take a look at some cases, and see if these pitchers are, in fact, headed for a rebound season. P...


How does Jose Tabata's .299 at age 21 rank historically, and what can we expect going forward?

Jose Tabata is one of the most exciting players in the league today.  Tabata burst onto the scene in 2010, and surprised a lot of people.  I thought they were bringing him up too early, at just the...

Pirates Batting Order Set


1. Jose Tabata 2. Neil Walker 3. Andrew McCutchen 4. Lyle Overbay 5. Pedro Alvarez 6. Garrett Jones/Matt Diaz It's not the end of the world, but the Pirates are giving away production by not leading off with McCutchen, in my opinion. Overbay vs. Alvarez is also debatable.

Five Reassigned To Minor League Camp


Tyler Yates, Sean Gallagher, Daniel McCutchen, Josh Fields, and Wyatt Toregas have been sent to minor league camp (via the Post-Gazette). UPDATE by Charlie: No huge surprises here. Fields was in competition for a bench spot, but only hit .172/.207/.306 this Spring. I suppose Steve Pearce and Andy Marte's chances of making the team just increased a bit, but I would have been surprised if Fields had made it over either of them. I'm pleased that Yates, who wasn't any good even before all the arm problems, didn't make the team. Also, the Post-Gazette notes that Joe Beimel won't start the season with the team.

Pirates Prospects Breakdown Of Tim Alderson's Mechanics


Tim Williams concludes that prospect Tim Alderson's delivery is a disaster. I agree.

Kevin Slowey to the Twins' Bullpen


Pittsburgh native Slowey was mentioned as a Pirates trade target a while ago. I'd imagine the price has fallen precipitously since then. With an established starting five along with Kyle Gibson in the system, the Twins don't have much use for Slowey, except as an expensive long reliever.

JRod has looked lazy and doesn't seem to care at all if he plays in the major leagues or not. This...


JRod has looked lazy and doesn't seem to care at all if he plays in the major leagues or not. This absolutely baffles me. His laziness is shown in his fielding (whether he just tosses a ball in a big arc over to 1B between innings, or stands flat-footed as a pitch is ready to be delivered in a game) and in his lack of effort in running to 1B when batting.

Terry Matthews of Pirates Prospects, on why Josh Rodriguez may have fallen behind in the Pirates' middle infield battle.

2011 Pirates WAR Projections v. 1.1 (fixed)

I've got some 2011 Wins Above Replacement projections for veteran Pirates players.  How these came about is that I considered the player's production over the past 3 seasons, and weighed it...


Pirates Outfield Depth

After going through the infielders (where Chase D'Arnaud and maybe Josh Harrison are the best assets), how does the Pirates outfield depth look?  I'll look at the top 15 outfielders, along with...


Pirates Positional Depth: Catcher and Infield

What kind of prospect depth do the Pirates have heading into 2011?  I'll look at what we have at each position, starting with catcher, then first base, second base, shortstop, and third.  Then in...

Baseball America: Starling Marte A Top 150 Prospect


In the latest Ask BA, Jim Callis lists the players on the six editors' personal top 150 lists, who didn't make the overall Top 100. Marte was on five of the six editors' Top 150. His highest ranking was 102. Bryan Morris was also in the discussion with two out of six top 150 rankings, and Luis Heredia had one.

Neil Walker makes MLB Network's Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now


Via Rob Biertempfel's Twitter, Walker will be the youngest player on the countdown, which will air on Thursday. Given that second base is a very deep position with more than a few stars, this is quite an accolade for the first-year player. Walker is the second Pirate to make a top ten, after Andrew McCutchen (who placed number 1 among center fielders).


MLB Network: Andrew McCutchen No. 1 Center Fielder Right Now

On Thursday, the MLB Network ran a countdown of the top 10 center fielders in the game today.  The criteria is who will be the best in the 2011 season.  Andrew McCutchen was named the No. 1 center...


Your 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates

Since the Pirates will be playing games next season as well, let's take a look at the kind of roster we'll be seeing on Opening Day, as of now: 1. CF Andrew McCutchen 2. LF Jose Tabata 3. 2B Neil...


Kovacevic: Pirates Hint That Matt Diaz Will Compete For Everyday Role

The latest update from Dejan Kovacevic is interesting. According to his latest blog post, the Pirates are hinting that Matt Diaz will compete in Spring Training for everyday right field duty. I'm...

Reds Extend Jay Bruce On Six-Year, $51 Million Deal With Club Option


This is an example of a small-market team extending a star player through arbitration and through three free-agent years, which is a very team-friendly deal in my opinion. After 2011, we might want to lock up a similar five-tool star player after his third big-league season, and this is a template. We would probably have to pay more to get Andrew McCutchen into this type of contract, because another year will have passed, and Cutch has more perceived value than Bruce because of playing center field and better hitting numbers to date. (I'm not sure Cutch is the better player out of the two long-term, though). For the Reds to get 3 free-agent years is a huge blow to the Pirates, because we'll have to contend with Bruce for years to come and he is a heck of a player. He probably has the best outfield arm in the National League.

The Obligatory 'Pirates Should Trade McCutchen' Fangraphs Piece


I don't agree and of course think it's an awful piece overall, but here you go. UPDATE: BucsDugout user epoc has the best comment on this nonsense: "Ugh. This is frustrating. It just says how great Cutch is and how bad the Pirates are and then jumps from there to the conclusion that the Pirates might want to trade Cutch. But trading Cutch makes absolutely no sense. He doesn’t make any sort of case for it other than that it would bring back prospects who could help the Bucs win in 3-5 years. But Cutch can help the Pirates win in 3-5 years! What sense would it make to trade him?"


The First-Base Black Hole: Pirates 2010 Offense by Position

The offensive profile of the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates has its strengths and weaknesses, but it was mostly bad.  Left field, catcher, shortstop, and especially first base were well below the league...


Struggling Pitchers, Part One: Brad Lincoln

Charlie Morton and Brad Lincoln came into 2010 as high-upside starters close to making an impact in Pittsburgh.  Instead, they put up a combined 3-16 record, with both of their ERAs above 6.50. In...

Bucs Prospects: Taillon, Allie, and Heredia Reports from the Instructional League


More from Bucs Prospects, this time on the three high-profile pitching prospects, 2010 first-round draft pick Jameson Taillon, 2nd round pick Stetson Allie, and international free-agent Luis Heredia. The general view in this piece, as seen by opposing scouts, is that the trio is very far from the bigs and has a lot to work on. Allie needs work on command/control, for example, and Heredia doesn't have much of a breaking ball at this point (although there's plenty of time to develop one since he's 16). Another tidbit is that the author, Anup Sinha, liked Allie as a third baseman. These three and Altoona Curve pitcher Bryan Morris arguably make up the top four prospects in the Bucs system.

Instructional League Action: Tyler Waldron and Dan Grovatt are Sleepers


Here are some takes from the instructional league on Pirate recent draftees Nick Kingham, Jason Townsend, and Tyler Waldron, outfielders Mel Rojas and Dan Grovatt, and infielders Drew Maggi and Jared Lakind. The author Anup Sinha (who previously was a Padres and Cardinals scout) believes Tyler Waldron could move very quickly as a starter, and Rojas has the best tools among outfielders in the organization except for Andrew McCutchen. There's more at the link.


The Pirates' Defense in 2010, According to UZR

The defensive play of Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and Pedro Alvarez have been points of contention at Bucs Dugout this season. The latest Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) numbers will further add to...


The Pirates' 2010 Team MVP?

Who was the most valuable player for the Pirates during the 2010 season? To me, there are five top candidates, and I'll put them in order from the fifth best candidate down to my number one choice: ...


Project Prospect: Anthony Rendon Scouting Report

This article is a very good overview by Steve Carter of the presumptive Number 1 pick in the 2011 draft, Anthony Rendon.  We've all heard about him, but this piece gives us a lot of information...


Post-Gazette Notebook on Pirates Arbitration Cases

Dejan Kovacevic has a piece in the Post-Gazette on the arbitration-eligible players this offseason. The first-time eligible players are Joel Hanrahan, Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, Lastings...


Plugging The Leaks: Pirates Defense Now And In 2011

The Pirates' defense has dropped off quite a bit from several years ago, when we featured the primes of Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez and Nyjer Morgan. That was before they completely stopped...


Jim Callis: Updated Pirates Top 10

Baseball America's Jim Callis outlines his new Pirates Top 10 prospects after the Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, and Luis Heredia signings, in today's Ask BA mailbag: 1. Jameson Taillon, rhp 2....

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