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    Prospect Watch: Gerrit Cole Throws Five Shutout Innings

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  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Options to Spark Offense Could Be Internal

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action on Wednesday just three games under .500 and four games back in the National League Central Division. What’s kept the club afloat this season has been off the mound. The pitching continues to be solid from the starters to the relievers. However, the...

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

    Yesterday I wrote about the offensive help from the system that can help the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2012 season. The Pirates don't have many strong options. Jordy Mercer is the best option to help the major league team this year, and he profiles as an average major league shortstop at best....

  • International News
    Pirates Linked to International Third Baseman

    Ben Badler of Baseball America has released scouting reports for nine players to remember for the upcoming international signing period, as well as ten more players to watch. In the "ten more" group, Badler notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates are linked to third baseman Julio de la Cruz, who comes out of...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Activate Grilli, Locke Back to AAA Rotation

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-hander Jason Grilli from the Bereavement list today, and optioned left-hander Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis. Grilli will be active for today's game from the bullpen against the New York Mets. Grilli has posted a 2.25 ERA over 17 appearances (16.0 innings) with...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: May 23

    Today we have one Pittsburgh Pirates trade to cover and four former players. Among the players is one of the best pitchers in team history and then a right fielder who had his one day in the sun over 100 years ago. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland takes a look...

  • Analysis
    Josh Harrison Embracing Super Utility Role

    Photo by Mark Olson PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Josh Harrison has had to add several more gloves this season in his locker. Harrison on Monday made his Major League debut in right field. In front of his locker in the clubhouse prior to the game, the 24-year-old had to count because even he...

  • Schedule
    Minor League Schedule: 5/23/12

    Top prospect Gerrit Cole, gets the start tonight in Bradenton. He has a 2.65 ERA in his three home starts. Altoona was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader consisting of two seven inning games this morning. Indianapolis has off today. They resume their schedule tomorrow with a two game series...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: How Long Do You Give Certain Struggling Players?

    Earlier today I wrote about the offensive help in the farm system, providing five moves the Pirates could make in the short term to provide a bit of an upgrade to their team. One question to ask is: how long do you give each player that is currently struggling on the major...

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