Vine Line Game Day Preview: Pirates come to town
Christina Kahrl, who writes for ESPN’s SweetSpot Blog and is a founding partner of Baseball Prospectus, contributed this overview of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the Vine Line Game Day Edition program, available at Wrigley Field. Grab your official Wrigley Field scorecard for just $2 and catch Christina’s full look at the Cubs’ matchups every month.
Their consecutive losing seasons might be at a major-sports-record 18 and counting, but there are signs of progress. Centerfielder Andrew McCutchen and third baseman Pedro Alvarez are former first-rounders, and players the Pirates can build around. But with a roster almost entirely made up of other team’s prospects, they’re something like a full-season spring-training team, using the year to evaluate what they have, how much of it they should keep, and for how long.