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This is the continuation of my ATP (All Time Pirates) series but I have opted to change the name to make it a little more obvious what is covered in the topic. As a quick recap this is a running series of mine that digs into the Pirates past and takes a look at it from various different angles. This particular exercise is looking at it from the player's place of birth. Each US state, the District of Columbia and each foreign country will be investigated in the attempt to build a team. For more specifics check out the introductory post here.
In part VIII I will continue looking at the Pirates pitchers by place of birth and this focus on class E locations. Class E location are places that have enough players to fill out the starting 5 but not enough players where anyone has to be cut from the presented group of 13. There are 20 locations here in all making this a very lengthy post.
Rotation and Relief Ace
#1: AJ Burnett
#2: Preacher Roe
#3: Hank Robinson
#4: Tony McKnight
RA: Jimmy Zinn
SP: Bert Maxwell
RP: Jack McMahan
Notes: Burnett and Roe form an impressive one-two punch atop the Arkansas rotation. I’m sure everyone is familiar with Burnett so I’ll spend some time on Roe instead. Roe pitched for the Pirates primarily in the World War II days when of course the game was a bit different thanks to so many players fighting in the war. He spent four years with the club with the first two being excellent seasons and the last two not being so good. After leaving the Pirates he went on to have a nice career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinsons pitched for the Pirates early in the 20th century for two years and provides a good middle of the rotation arm who’s rate numbers compare favorably to the top two in the rotation. Taking up the 4th spot is Tony McKinght who pitched briefly for the Pirates in 2001. He was roughed up but is the best choice in a bad lot. Zinn pitched for the Pirates in the 1920s so his role as a... [Read More]
| Feb 04, 2016 - 6:53 PM
I've been following Francisco Cervelli on Twitter and Instagram and it's really stuck out how much work he's putting into his offseason training program. Is he doing more than in past years? I'm not sure, but he appears to be putting in the work this off-season which is always good to see..
For Francisco Cervelli it's GREAT to see, and for multiple reasons.
The first reason is that he's not exactly in great shape for an athlete expected to play 110-130 games a year. He isn't very muscular and not very cut. Comparing him with Russel Martin it is night and day, but he has great hair according to the Fan Girls.
Physically he reminds me of another Pirates player (former player) who earned the social media nickname "Moobs" for his physique - Neil Walker.
As Cervelli turns 30 to start the season, it is beyond time to start thinking about the body. He's heading into the latter part of his prime years and he's hitting an age that requires one to start taking care of their body more. After what appears to be neglect in the weight-room, it is great to see Cervelli hitting it hard this off-season.
The second reason is that it is a contract year for him. It is debatable whether the Pittsburgh Pirates should sign him to the 3 years $39 million proposal that he's asking for. He has just 1 full season under his belt at the MLB level that he has played in more than 100 games. He's got Hand, Concussion and Hamstring injuries from the past. Can he stay healthy enough to earn that contract or does he need to prove in 2016, that he is worth that money first? The Pirates don't exactly have $13 per year to burn on an injured player. Getting into good shape and staying healthy is a must for Cervelli if he wants that contact.
It is also debatable if an unproven player entering his 30's with a history of injuries is worth $3 million per year less than what Russell Martin signed for. It... [Read More]
| Feb 03, 2016 - 1:20 PM
The Pirates this morning acquired Lefty prospect Jesse Biddle in a trade this morning that sends the Phillies for RH reliever Yoervis Medina. Medina is a 27 year old fringe major leaguer. We lost nothing
Jesse Biddle was once a consensus top pitching prospect in the minors, posting ridiculous K/9 numbers of around 10 in AA. Then it went south and lead to the Tommy John surgery he underwent this past fall.
He'll have to be part of the Pirates 40-man rotation and will miss the entire 2016 season rehabbing
Biddle was selected in the first round in 2010 out of high school. At 6'5", 235 pounds, he's a big lefty.
Once he comes out of Tommy John's surgery, he could be an intriguing arm at the top of the Pirates minor league system, especially as a Lefty.
| Jan 28, 2016 - 2:05 PM
Not bad at all. The Pirates along with the rest of MLB released their Spring Training gear. A lot of teams released a new jersey but the Pirates apparently are using their Black jersey;s that they use during the regular season. An odd decision, but one not worth posting photos of
This is the continuation of my ATP (All Time Pirates) series but I have opted to change the name to make it a little more obvious what is covered in the topic. As a quick recap this is a running series of mine that digs into the Pirates past and takes a look at it from various different angles. This particular exercise is looking at it from the player's place of birth. Each US state, the District of Columbia and each foreign country will be investigated in the attempt to build a team. For more specifics check out the introductory post here.In part VII I will begin looking at the Pirates pitchers by place of birth. First up are the class F locations which in terms of pitchers means locations where 4 or fewer pitchers were born. This covers 27 of the 67 locations to have produced at least one pitcher. The staff assembled will consist of 4 starting pitchers and one relief ace. Beyond those 5 there will be 8 additional pitchers selected to showcase each location's depth. Since these locations obviously don't have enough pitchers to build a 5 man staff on their won I have divided them into three subregions. There is an international team formed of everyone born outside the USA, a far west USA team formed of everyone born in a state that tocuhes the pacific, or is in the northwest or southwest. The last group is the remained of the USA. The lines I draw for this distinction are very arbitrary and were done to try to keep teams fairly even in terms of number of options. For the record the only states I have found to not have produced at least 1 Pirates player (either position player or pitcher) is the state of Nevada.
Columbia: Ernesto Frieri
England: Danny Cox, Al Lawson, Tom Brown
Ireland: Pete Daniels, Jocko Fields, Irish McIlveen
Japan: Jeff McCurry, Masumi Kuwata, Hisanori Takahashi
Netherlands: Bert Blyleven, Rick VandenHurk
Panama: Ed Acosta
Russia: Victor Cole
Scotland: Jim McCormick
South Korea: Chan Ho Park
Virgin... [Read More]