Ranking the Pirates’ rotation, and how to identify undervalued prospects

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MOBILE COMMAND CENTER – With or without you, A.J. Burnett, there’s still a lot to like about the Pirates’ starting rotation. And I think it’s fair to suggest that more than any other component of a team, the rotation is most mission critical in creating success and stability.

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Monday Morning Mop-Up Duty: the noise from PirateFest

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SOUTH HILLS – I spent some time at PirateFest this weekend. Despite the weather, the event appeared to enjoy a nice turnout. I’m sure it was refreshing for Pirates management to field mostly praise  during the Q&A session with fans. From what I understand this was the closest the event has been to a lovefest in years. It was also nice to see Charlie Morton, a good guy, rewarded for his hard work.

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Who can help Edinson Volquez. Is Mercer the utility guy? (5:50 p.m. update: Loney signs with Rays)

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SOUTH HILLS – Yes, Ray Searage and the other Pirates’ pitching coaches no doubt played a role in the resurrections of pitchers like AJ Burnett and Francisco Liriano. Commission a statue. Yes, the Pirates’ aggressive shifting and groundball plans were critical in their turnarounds and a 94-win season. But there might be a more important player involved if the Pirates are going to enjoy a similar turnaround in Edinson Volquez. Continue reading Who can help Edinson Volquez. Is Mercer the utility guy? (5:50 p.m. update: Loney signs with Rays)

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