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98-64, 2nd in NL Cent
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Tyler Glasnow No. 6 prospect in 2016

Glasnow already has the two pitches of an ace and his long-term upside is rare. The Pirates have two more top-25 prospects in Austin Meadows (No. 16) and Kevin Newman (No. 23). They place four total in Keith Law's top 100. Law: Top 100 prospects (Insider)

Pirates have No. 8 farm system in 2016

For Pittsburgh to maintain this strong of a system with a low payroll and a highly competitive major league team is one of the more under-the-radar stories in the game from the past few years. Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)

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Did McCutchen carry 2010 Pirates?

This team was last in runs, last in runs allowed and outscored by 279 runs. In his first full season, Andrew McCutchen was the best player on a roster that included Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez and Evan Meek. The best players on terrible teams

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Stardom ahead for Starling Marte?

Marte is already a great player. He's posted more than 5.0 WAR in each of the past three seasons and could be the NL's best all-around left fielder. So just how high is his potential? Breakout hitters in 2016 (Insider)

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Kris Bryant vs. Gerrit Cole

This battle showcases power against power with two of the game's emerging stars. Cole's upper 90s heat won't intimidate the Cubs' slugger, so expect a lot of sliders instead, Bryant's biggest weakness. Hitter vs. pitcher matchups to watch

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Keep an eye on Jung Ho Kang

Kang's recovery from September knee surgery is still ongoing, and the Pirates hope to have him back in April. How he moves in spring training should help determine when he'll be ready to return. Bell: Injury comebacks to watch

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First Hall class still reigns supreme

When it comes to baseball's Hall of Fame, no class tops the inaugural 1936 group that included five of the sport's greatest legends: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson. Schoenfield: Top 5 HOF classes

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When will Josh Bell get the call?

The Pirates' top prospect reportedly isn't a candidate to start the season with Pittsburgh but could get promoted this year to help at first base. MLB rumors roundup

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How Alvarez stays with the Pirates

If the National League employed designated hitters, Pedro Alvarez would have likely remained in Pittsburgh. Instead, the slugger who's twice hit 30 homers in a season remains a free agent due to his terrible defense. DH candidates for NL teams

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Cervelli looking to stay with Pirates?

Sources close to Francisco Cervelli say that the catcher is open to remaining in Pittsburgh once he enters free agency after the 2016 season, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. MLB rumors roundup

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Positive timetable bump for Kang?

Jung Ho Kang suffered gruesome injuries to his knee and lower leg after getting tangled up in a slide tackle. The original projection for his return date was May or June -- has that now been bumped up? Injury updates (Insider)

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Arroyo decision expected this week

Bronson Arroyo has reportedly been linked to discussions with the Reds, Nationals, Marlins, Pirates and Padres. A move to Washington would reunite Arroyo with Nats manager Dusty Baker, who he played for in Cincinnati. MLB rumors roundup

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Pirates have a good thing going with Cole

Tony Blengino peeks into the crystal ball to make some educated guesses regarding the futures of MLB's top pitchers. Gerrit Cole's stats are comparable to those of strong players, but how will he hold up in the long run? What's next for breakout pitchers (Insider)

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Manfred hits brakes on potential NL DH talk

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN that he did not mean to give the impression during his comments at last week's owners meetings that NL clubs want to adopt the designated hitter.

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Liriano's slider still one of the best

He might not get as much attention for the pitch as he did when he first came up with the Twins, but Francisco Liriano's wipeout slider still grades as one of the top offerings among starters in the game. Best pitches in MLB (Insider)

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MLB should retire Roberto Clemente's number

The time has come for Major League Baseball to honor Roberto Clemente and retire his No. 21 for all teams and for all time.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2609th
On Base Percentage.3239th
Slugging Percentage.39621st
Earned Run Average3.212nd
Quality Starts926th

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