Luis Heredia and Nick Kingham Videos From Instructs

There were a lot of top pitching prospects today in the two intersquad games at Pirate City.  Starting off the day Luis Heredia was on one field, and Nick Kingham was on the other.  Heredia pitched one inning, working in the 90-93 MPH range, and mostly sitting 91-92.  He threw 20 pitches, all fastballs.  Kingham pitched two innings, averaging around 92 MPH with his fastball.  I was able to get video of each player warming up, and I...

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Gerrit Cole Video From Pirate City

Gerrit Cole was throwing a bullpen session here at Pirate City, under the instruction of Jim Benedict.  I caught the last few pitches on camera.  My favorite part is the second pitch in the video.  Cole goes for an inside fastball to a left hander and drills the batting dummy.  Jim Benedict’s reaction can be heard: “That’s my favorite...

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Instructs Day Two: Fryer, Hafner, Cumpton

If you follow any of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players on Twitter, you probably saw that today’s instructional league action was pretty brutal.  As I mentioned earlier today, most of the team ran a drill in the morning which included a lot of running.  The drill was an infield throwing drill, and every time someone dropped a ball, or didn’t catch a wild throw, the entire team (pitchers and outfielders included)...

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What Went Right in 2011

The 2011 campaign is over and the Pirates have another losing season in the books.  That’s . . . how many in a row?  I dunno, some really large number.  It’s like having ants at your picnic and wondering exactly how many there are.  At least this year was a little different, enough to make it possible to write about what went right and what went wrong.  The previous few years, it was only possible to write about what went wrong and...

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What Went Wrong in 2011

You can’t lose 90 games without a lot of things going wrong.  In the case of the 2011 Pirates, there were some problems that were different, at least for their current front office, and some that were grindingly, depressingly the same.  There were also some problems that maybe had a silver lining.  Let’s look at the main issues. Free Agents The Pirates don’t venture too often into the free agent market.  It seems to be a recurring...

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