Andy’s Best Baseball Experiences of 2013

By Andy Burdick

2013 was a fun baseball season; probably more than any season that I can remember over the last 20 years.  The Pirates were able to bring fans through the turnstiles in record numbers and captivate an entire city because of their staying power in the National League Central and 94 unexpected wins.

Starting a website and podcast that covered the Pirates and Indians in a season when both teams were playoff bound was a great exercise in backing up statements with conviction and having them permanently documented.

Along with keeping a record of my thoughts, predictions, and often outlandish statements, this website also afforded me an opportunity to chronicle my most enjoyable baseball experiences this season.  So, because I like multiples of ten, here are my ten best baseball experiences of 2013. Continue reading

2013 Cleveland Indians Top Prospects End of Season Update #10-6

By Jason Ruggiero

After a brief hiatus, I’m back rolling through my Top 20 Prospect Recap.

You can check out #’s 20-16 here, #’s15-11 here and #10-6 after the jump.

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2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects Stock Movers: Trending Upward

By Andy Burdick

Tri-State of Mind has already established the top 20 prospects according to our research in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and kept a pretty close eye on them this season.  While we watched most of the action on MiLB TV (which is an excellent resource for anyone interested in prospects), we also had several opportunities to catch a few of them live in Altoona and Erie. While the top 20 addressed the more important and sometimes recognizable names, there are still several prospects outside of the top 20 that made an impact this season.  Pittsburgh has also done an excellent job acquiring talent in the MLB Draft, and a few of those players announced their presence with authority as well.  This article is going to examine a few Pirate prospects trending positively upward who may not have been on the top 20 radar before the 2013 season, but definitely deserve some attention after it. Continue reading

Andrew McCutchen was at Heinz Field Sunday.

And it was awesome.

Andrew McCutchen Terrible Towel Heinz Field

The cheers were loud for Cutch when he was announced as the pre-game Terrible Towel waver, along with manager Clint Hurdle.

A Pittsburgh Pirates player received cheers that were louder than most of the Steelers players.

Today it sounded like baseball has truly turned the corner in Pittsburgh.

Arizona Fall League – Cleveland Indians Primer

By Jason Ruggiero

Tri-State Arizona Fall League

In case you haven’t noticed our newest TSM contributor is our Minor League Beat Writer Chris Bradley. We are all excited to have Chris on board and he has done a great job so far helping us cover the Arizona Fall League and introducing us to the “Pedro Alvarez Hat Trick“.

In reality though Chris is a Pittsburgh Pirates fan. So I thought I would help out Chris and all of our TSM readers and give a little primer on the Cleveland Indians prospects that are currently playing in the Arizona Fall League.

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Venezuelan Winter League Update – Vol. 1

By Jason Ruggiero

Alex Monsalve is one of the more interesting Tribe prospects participating in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Alex Monsalve is one of the more interesting Tribe prospects participating in the Venezuelan Winter League.

The Venezuelan Winter League kicked off on October 10 and there are several Cleveland Indians prospects scattered across several teams. We’ll do our best to keep you up-to-date on how those players are faring with a weekly recap of the Venezuelan Winter League (VWL).

Here are some capsules on the prospects that are participating, followed by their performances thus far.

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Should the Pirates Sign Marlon Byrd?

By Chris Bradley

One of the more pressing questions that I have been mulling around in my head is whether or not the Pirates should sign soon-to-be free agent, Marlon Byrd.  Byrd came over in an August waiver trade with the Mets for infielder Dilson Herrera and right handed pitcher, Vic Black.  In 30 regular season games with the Pirates, Byrd hit .318/.357./.486 with an OPS of .843.  He hit 3 home runs and had 17 RBI, and as a Pirate he had a 1.0 WAR.  Combined he was a 5 win player in 2013.  It’s also worth mentioning that this was all for the very low price of $700,000, of which Pittsburgh owed $130K. Continue reading