Posts by Tim Williams

The Relievers Who Can Help the Pirates in 2021

Analysis
The Pirates didn’t have a horrible bullpen in 2020. By most metrics they were middle of the pack, with their worst ratings putting them just outside of the worst ten bullpens. The overall results were middle of the pack, but there was some disappointment from the individual results in the…

First Pitch: Breaking Down the Depth For the Pittsburgh Pirates

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For the last few weeks, we’ve been breaking down the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, looking at each position’s production during the 2020 season, along with the prospects who could help in the future. This week we will wrap up those recaps with a look at the bullpen and the bench, getting…

First Pitch: The Final Piece of Development

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That final piece of development is crucial for the Pirates, now more than ever. What is the final piece of development? I can’t tell you. I can’t even tell you where it is taught. For some players, it might be a lesson they missed in the lower levels. For others,…

First Pitch: Speeding Up Bats to the Majors

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It only seems appropriate to be discussing Jose Tabata on a day when we’re breaking down the corner outfield positions for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In looking up some information for this article, I learned that Tabata stands out for a very significant accomplishment during his career with the Pirates. In…

The Best Future Spot For Oneil Cruz is in Right Field

Prospect Analysis
I spent the entire right field recap yesterday discussing how the 2021 season is the last chance for Gregory Polanco to break out with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I’ve followed Polanco on this site for a long time, ever since seeing him as a tall, very skinny teen at Pirate City…

Signs of Hope and Reality For a Gregory Polanco Breakout in 2021

Analysis
This could be it, guys. This could be the final year I’ll get to write about the unrealized potential of Gregory Polanco with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Polanco has one more year guaranteed under his five-year, $35 million extension that he signed at the start of the 2017 season. Without that…