First Pitch: This Time Next Year…

The final week of this shortened MLB season begins today. The Pirates play four games at home against the Chicago Cubs, then wrap up their season with three games on the road against the Cleveland Indians.

So far the Pirates have lost 12 of their last 13 games, including losing four of five to the Cardinals since Thursday. They are 3.5 games in the lead for last place, and could wrap that spot up at some point early this week, with an elimination number of four over the Rangers. I wrote over the weekend about their chances of landing the first pick and being able to take Kumar Rocker, which isn’t guaranteed by the worst record this year, but which should be guaranteed.

We’ve got a few articles going up on Pirates Prospects today, including a new Card of the Day that will be available for sale in the PBN Shop. This is a rookie card of a guy in Altoona, and we’ll have a limited amount available at noon.

The final version of the 2020 Prospect Guide will be released a week from today, including everything from the 2020 season. The book got a little bit shorter yesterday after the trades of Joel Cesar, Connor Loeprich, and Domingo Robles. It also lost Nik Turley recently, who graduated from prospect status.

Today’s discussion question is about the future, specifically one year from now. Which Pirates prospects do you hope will be in the majors at this time next year?

The 2020 Prospect Guide returns to print for our tenth  we are releasing three variant covers, featuring Mitch Keller, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Oneil Cruz. Visit our shop page to order these extremely limited items!


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