• Arizona Fall League
    Gerrit Cole Pictures and Videos From Today’s Start

    Gerrit Cole made his debut in the Arizona Fall League today, which I wrote about earlier.  Pirates Prospects reader "AngelsFan4Ever" was at the game today, and was nice enough to send us a few photos from the game. Here is Gerrit Cole, in his Pirates' uniform and Mesa cap: Here is a...

  • Arizona Fall League
    AFL Recap 10/14: Gerrit Cole’s Debut

    Cole made his AFL debut today. Gerrit Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, made his Arizona Fall League debut this afternoon against the Surprise Saguaros.   Cole started off strong, with two shutout innings, but fell apart in the third, finishing with three runs allowed...

  • Analysis
    Team USA Defeats South Korea And Venezuela; Mercer Homers

    USA  3,  South Korea  1 Three US pitchers combined to hold South Korea to just one run on 4 hits this afternoon in World Cub/Pan Am tournament Second Round play.  Matt Shoemaker (Angels) made the start for the US and hurled 5 shutout innings.  He allowed just a double over the first...

  • Season Recaps
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Second Base

    Walker led the Pirates with 155 starts in 2011. The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't have many positions on the field that were held down by just one person throughout the 2011 season.  Second base was one of those rare positions.  Neil Walker played 159 games at the position, starting 155 of those games....

  • This Date in Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: October 14

    On this date in both 1971 and 1979, the Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles in game five of the World Series. Both games occurred at Three Rivers Stadium but under different circumstances. In 1971 the series was tied two games apiece. The Pirates went with Nelson Briles for his first start of...

  • Analysis
    Winter Leagues 10/13

    Pirates' players and friends in winter league play:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  4,  Caribes de Anzoategui  3 Los Tiburones had a 4-0 lead going in to the bottom of the 5th, after a solo homer in the 3rd and 3 more runs on 5 singles in the 4th.  Los...

  • Arizona Fall League
    Arizona Fall League Recap: 10/13 With PITCHf/x Data

    The Mesa Solar Sox won 6-3 today, with four Pirates prospects playing a big part in the win. Robbie Grossman bounced back from his 0-for-4 performance yesterday, going 3-for-5 with a double and a walk today.  Grossman got his hits in his first three at-bats, including two singles off of 2011 first...

  • Analysis
    Team USA Beats Australia In Pitching Duel

    USA  2,  Australia  1 US starter Drew Smyly (Tigers) and Australian starter Clayton Tanner dueled through 5 scoreless innings this afternoon in World Cup/Pan Am tournament play.  Tanner allowed Team USA 4 hits scattered over the first 5 innings, while Smyly gave the Australians 4 hits in return.  Australia had 2 batters...

  • News and Rumors
    Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

    Derrek Lee is the best first baseman on the market this year outside of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. In looking at the numbers for the upcoming first basemen, one thing stood out to me: Derrek Lee is good. That's kind of obvious if you watched what Lee did in his limited...

  • Arizona Fall League
    Gerrit Cole Makes His AFL Debut Tomorrow

    Jonathan Mayo reports that Gerrit Cole will make his Arizona Fall League debut Friday for the Mesa Solar Sox.  The Pittsburgh Pirates held Cole back in the instructional leagues to make a few more starts before sending him to the AFL.  He arrived in Arizona earlier this week, and is listed as...

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