What Has The Fastball Academy Produced?
Mar02

What Has The Fastball Academy Produced?

I’ve seen a few comments about the “Fastball Academy” the last few days, most notably one focused on Luis Heredia. The comment suggested that Heredia should focus on other pitches, rather than spending almost all of his time on the fastball. The approach the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken the last few years with the lower level pitchers has been pretty well documented. The team prefers their pitchers to learn command...

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Pirates Prospects on Bucco Talk This Morning

I’ll be on Bucco Talk with Vinnie Richichi tomorrow morning just after 9:00 AM on 93.7 The FAN. I’ll be talking Spring Training, including who looks good in camp, who will be replacing A.J. Burnett, some of the guys on minor league deals who could stick in the majors, and more. You can listen live on 93.7 FM in Pittsburgh, or online by going here.

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Prospect Sanchez Homers in Intrasquad 4-4 Tie

BRADENTON — Catching prospect Tony Sanchez may have had a disappointing 2011 season in his first season at Double-A Altoona, but for his first Spring Training game in 2012, Sanchez made a good first impression. In his first at-bat in game action this spring, Sanchez took the first pitch from righty reliever Jared Hughes over the center field wall for a three-run bomb in the 7th inning in Team Gold’s 4-4 tie against team...

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Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/2-3/4

The downside to last week was that Victor Roache was lost for the season, leaving one less player to track. The upside this week is that I found stats for prep third baseman Trey Williams. Williams plays for Valencia High School in California, and is a power hitting third base prospect. He was ranked as a top ten prospect by MLB.com, but was a later round guy in Baseball America’s rankings, and didn’t make Keith...

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Prospects Soaking up First Big League Camp

BRADENTON — For Gerrit Cole, Robbie Grossman, Matt Hague and Jordy Mercer, getting the opportunity to put on their Major League uniforms at Pirate City is a new experience — it’s their first big league camp. The past two weeks the young prospects have been suiting up in the clubhouse for their first Spring Training workouts with the Major Leaguers. “It’s been great just putting on the big league uniform...

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