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March 3, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: So you want a(nother) data revolution?

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have a chance to have the most athletic in outfield beginning in June when Gregory Polanco is presumably called up and joins Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. It’s a group that could be together through at …

February 28, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Taillon over Cole? And updating the Andrew Lambo project

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates paraded their front-of-the-rotation future before the good citizens of Dunedin, Fla. this afternoon, as Jameson Taillon followed Gerrit Cole on the mound. Spring training stats hold the value of Confederate currency, but Taillon did throw two …

February 27, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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A lifetime contract for the NL MVP?

SOUTH HILLS – Andrew McCutchen‘s contract is perhaps the best in baseball. The reigning NL MVP enters his Age 27 season under club control over the next five seasons, assuming the Pirates pick up his $18.5 million option in 2018. …

February 25, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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What to make of Starling Marte?

SOUTH HILLS – It’s hard to label Starling Marte‘s first full season in the major leagues as anything other than a success. Despite missing 25 games with a hand injury, he finished 28th among position players in all of baseball …

February 21, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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A Brave, not-so-new path

SOUTH HILLS –  Since the beginning of the New Year, the Braves have locked up five of their core pieces in Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, Julio Teheran, Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward, buying out all of their remaining arbitration years …

February 19, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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What’s the value of a late first-round pick? And more Boras

SOUTH HILLS – With a number of significant free agents attached to draft-pick compensation remaining unsigned as we’ve entered full-squad workouts, we wonder are teams overvaluing late first-round draft picks? That’s what we explored in today’s story.

February 18, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Outfield shifts the next big thing? And does Morales fit?

SOUTH HILLS – Last year the hidden secret  - the hidden competitive advantage – behind the Pirates’ 94-win campaign, was the Pirates’ extreme increased useage of infield shifts (combined with a spiked groundball rate) which we reported on extensively. The …

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