Posts by Tim Williams

Pirates Acquire Dustin Fowler From Athletics

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Dustin Fowler from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations, as first reported by Rob Biertempfel. Fowler ranked as a top ten prospect in the Yankees system, before being traded to Oakland as part of a package for Sonny Gray at the 2017 trade deadline.…

Pittsburgh Pirates 2021 Top 30 Prospects (Combined Rankings)

Prospect Rankings
I love prospect ranking season. It’s the time of year when you get to definitely see where your favorite prospect to follow ranks in the farm system, along with his upside. Except, nothing is ever definitive with prospect rankings, and that’s never more apparent than when you start to compare…

Analysts in the Pirates Front Office

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The following article was a reader submission by Jason Gindele. In December, Baseball Prospectus published its findings (subscription required) on the correlation between winning and the number of analysts employed by a club’s front office. Spoiler: There is a correlation.  According to the researchers, each additional full-time sabermetrician on staff…

Future General Managers in the Pirates’ Front Office

Guest Features
The following article was a reader submission by Jason Gindele. The Pirates’ front office hasn’t built a lot of goodwill over the last five years, culminating in the club’s last place finish during the pandemic shortened season and a mid-level (but now improving) farm system. But there is some hope…

Williams: What Else Can the Pirates Add to Their Farm System?

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It’s hard to get pumped for the 2021 Pittsburgh Pirates season. There are projections for a 100+ loss season. The best case seems to be a “They’re not that bad!” admission that this is still going to be a very bad team. The main things I’m watching for the 2021…