• Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: McDonald Continues to be Pirates Ace

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — James McDonald continues to be the Pittsburgh Pirates ace this 2012 season. Facing a hot Cincinnati Reds lineup, McDonald was not fazed on Monday at PNC Park. Coming into Pittsburgh having won eight of their last nine games and sitting at the top the National League Central, McDonald cruised through their lineup...

  • 2012 Draft
    Deven Marrero Has a Strong Second Half, But Is It Enough?

    First impressions can really hurt sometimes. Deven Marrero entered the year as a consensus top five prospect. In my early draft preview last September he seemed like a lock to be a top three pick. He had the defense and the ability to stick at shortstop, which is something that is extremely undervalued. He...

  • 2012 Draft
    Pirates to Take a Hitter in the Draft?

    Jim Callis has been busy on Twitter today with draft talk for all teams. When asked who he thinks the Pirates will take, he mentioned a hitter, and that he keeps hearing Deven Marrero, but that he could see Albert Almora or Mike Zunino. I think there’s a good chance Almora could...

  • Analysis
    Tabata Cleared to Play Today vs. Reds

    Outfielder Jose Tabata was removed from the Pirates 10-4 win on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park after six innings due to cramping in his left leg. Prior to the game, skipper Clint Hurdle said that he wasn't sure whether the injury was a short-term or long -term injury for the outfielder. After...

  • 2012 Draft
    2012 Pirates Draft Prospects Rundown: 5/28

    STATS Mark Appel – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, ND Kevin Gausman – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, W (10-1) Kyle Zimmer – 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, ND Michael Wacha – 7...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: May 28

    We have five former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, including two of the ten oldest living Pirates players. There is also one trade of note as well as a game recap from John Fredland, covering one of his favorite games from the Pirates pennant runs of the early 1990’s. The...

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/27

    So far, it hasn't been the best of all possible seasons for the farm system.  Few of the team's hitting prospects are having good seasons and one of the ones who is can't seem to get any recognition for it.  On the pitching front, if you're not in AAA and not named...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Add Doug Slaten to 40-Man; Cruz to Restricted List

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed reliever Juan Cruz to the restricted list so that he can return home to the Dominican Republic and attend to some personal business. As a corresponding move, they selected Doug Slaten from Indianapolis, purchasing his contract and adding him to the 25 and 40-man roster. The...

  • Analysis
    Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Reds’ Probable Starting Pitchers

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2011. These charts are from the catcher’s point of...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Rosenthal’s Article and Another Call to Trade Relievers

    Earlier tonight, Ken Rosenthal wrote about the Pirates' need for hitting, and their pitching depth. To read what he had to say, click here. I noticed a ton of talk on Twitter about the article, specifically Neal Huntington's comment at the end about making an deal if it's the right move. To...

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