Posts by WTM

Some Unprotected Prospects the Pirates Could Consider Under Rule 5

Analysis
As I mentioned in the comments the other day, MLB Pipeline posted a list of players from their teams’ top 20 prospects who are now eligible for the Rule 5 draft.  Many of these players fall into familiar categories:  hard-throwing, scattershot relievers; toolsy infielders and outfielders who’ve struggled to make…

First Pitch: Roster Decisions Loom for Pirates Tomorrow

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The Pirates will have some decisions to make by 5pm tomorrow.  That’s the deadline for adding players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.  The roster is full now, so any additions will require subtractions. I went through the possible additions earlier.  I…

First Pitch: Puh-Leaz Stop Using Infielders in the Outfield!

First Pitch
I may have mentioned a time or two how I feel about the Pirates’ bizarre obsession with playing light-hitting middle infielders in the outfield.  So I wasn’t exactly pleased to see Rob Biertempfel state in The Athletic (sub. req’d) that Pirates’ management “already is talking about giving (Adam) Frazier time…

Some Individual Pirates’ Pitch Selections (Moar Chartz!)

Analysis
Here’s a quick look at the pitch selection of some of the Pirates’ pitchers over time.  There aren’t that many pitchers for whom this process is worth much.  The interesting part, at least to me, is to see what they were throwing for the Pirates before this year and then…

Pirates Outright Burdi, Release Neverauskas

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As John noted on twitter, the Pirates have outrighted Nick Burdi to Indianapolis and released Dovydas Neverauskas.  On the latter, there’ve been rumors that Neverauskas will signed with an unspecified team in Asia. Burdi was designated for assignment back on November 1, so he must have cleared waivers.  We had…

Pirates’ Staffing News

News
There’ve been a few news items on Pirates’ staffing matters in the last couple days. Jason Mackey is reporting that the Pirates’ search for a farm director is nearing an end and that sources tell him the frontrunner is John Baker.  A former catcher who played with three major league…

Changes in the Pirates’ Pitch Selection

Analysis
Just for fun, or because I don’t have enough to do, I thought I’d represent in graphical form the changes in the Pirates’ pitch selection over the past five years.  I don’t think much explanation is needed, as nothing here is terribly surprising.  I’ve done this both in the form…

Pirates Designate Neverauskas for Assignment

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The Pirates had one more space to open up on the 40-man roster to make room for players reinstated from the 45-day injured list.  They made it by designating right-handed reliever Dovydas Neverauskas for assignment.  In parts of four seasons, Neverauskas has gone 1-4-0, 6.81 in 76 games and 80.2…

Pirates Decline Chris Archer’s Option

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As expected, the Pirates have declined Chris Archer’s $11M option for 2021.  They’ll pay a $250K buyout instead. The move closes the books on the Pirates’ end of what will probably be regarded as one of the worst trades in team history.  In exchange for three high-ceiling young players, former…