• Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: James McDonald Having a Breakout Season

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress this 2012 season, posting numbers worthy of arguably a nomination for a breakout player in the National League. Over McDonald’s last six starts, he’s whiffed 52 batters over 41.2 innings since his eight strikeout performance on April 25. During that span, McDonald leads the Majors...

  • Prospect Watch
    Prospect Watch: Hague Hits First Homer, Decent Start For Taillon

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  • Injury Updates
    Indians Leave Buffalo With A Win; D’Arnaud and Reyes Injured

    Indianapolis Indians  6,  Buffalo Bison  3 (Box)   Starling Marte singled and stole second base three times. 3B Matt Hague hit his first home run of the season, Kris Johnson earned his first win, and reliever Tim Wood picked up  his first Save in over a month, as the Indians defeated the...

  • Analysis
    How Times Have Changed

    While sifting through Fangraphs' sortable data on Pirates pitchers for a possible upcoming piece, I got all the way back to the 1993 Pittsburgh Pirates' staff.  There was a name that caught my eye, John Hope, and a flicker of recognition started in the deep recesses of my gray matter.  I wasn't into...

  • Analysis
    Offensive Help From the Farm System: The 2012 Edition

    Yesterday I pointed out why it is unlikely for a trade to be made this early in the season. I felt the article was straight forward enough: trades don't usually happen this early, so don't hold out hope that one will be made. Some translated "trades aren't likely" as "trades never happen"...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: May 22

    Five former Pittsburgh Pirates players have been born on this date, including two recent relievers. Also, we have two fairly big trades to discuss. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland takes a look at a big day from the man they called Pops. The Trades On this date in 1965, the...

  • Analysis
    Jeff Locke Looking to Bring New Delivery to PNC Park Mound

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- On Monday afternoon rookie Jeff Locke watched alongside Pitching Coach Ray Searage as right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a bullpen at PNC Park. The 24-year-old, who was recalled on Sunday from Triple-A Indianapolis has learned a lot from the 35-year-old vet during his time since joining the club, as well as...

  • Schedule
    Minor League Schedule: 5/22/12

    Top prospect Jameson Taillon, will get the start tonight in Bradenton. He has an ERA of 0.56 in 16 innings during his three home starts this year. Indianapolis has an early afternoon game today before an off-day on Wednesday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (24-20)...

  • Prospect Reports
    Indians Take Advantage Of Errors For 9th Inning Win

    Indianapolis Indians 8,  Buffalo Bison  6 (Box)   Two errors by the Buffalo Bison in the top of the 9th gave the Indians the chance they needed to break a 6-6 tie, scoring the go-ahead run and one more for insurance, as the Tribe won at Coca-Cola Park in Buffalo, NY.  The...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Firing the Hitting Coach

    Earlier today, David Todd brought up an interesting subject on Twitter. He posted the numbers of Matt Diaz and Lyle Overbay last year, then showed their numbers this year. Since I have a little bit more room to work here than on Twitter, I'll expand those numbers. Matt Diaz, 2011, Pittsburgh Pirates:...

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