Comments on: First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:28:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Marcus Herbold Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:52:01 +0000 I mistakingly said the rangers would push for polanco and taillon which I would do. Wouldn’t do is what I meant to say. I wouldn’t trade polanco for Stanton

By: Marcus Herbold Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:17:00 +0000 I also don’t like the thought of bringing mike Stanton in for polanco. He’s gonna fight injuries his whole career, he either hits a home run or strikes out. He isn’t a good fielder, he doesn’t have speed, he can’t hit for average and the list goes on. Polanco is gonna be Andrew mccutchen and so isn’t marte. To trade polanco is the worst possible thing the pirates could do. Stanton hasn’t proved a damn thing to me other than he uses steroids and can hit a ball out of a stadium. Not worth it.

By: Marcus Herbold Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:12:59 +0000 In my opinion I think the pirates need to trade taillon. Jurickson Profar would be a perfect fit in the young pirates lineup. The rangers are looking for pitchers and the pirates need a SS/2B. He is exactly the type of player we need. Switch hitter who is gonna be a superstar. I’m sure they would want more than taillon so I think they would consider taillon and Hansen. they also want OF so I’m sure they would push for polanco and taillon in which I would do. Polanco is gonna make the pirates outfield one the best. When I think of marte mccutchen and polanco together in the outfield I can’t help but drool. They will be a force. 3 five tool OF playing together is just absurd. And if they could get a SS like profar without trading polanco imagine the team the pirates would have.

By: BuccosFanStuckinMD Sun, 23 Jun 2013 17:09:39 +0000 I went to Bowie last night to see Taillon and Polanco, as well as guys like Dickerson, Cunningham, Rojas, and Santos. Here is my general observations, taken from this one game – obviously, conclusions can not be drawn on any one player from just one game however.

Taillon – Definitely passes the look test for a big MLB workhorse starting pitcher – he is big and looks even bigger on the mound. Although he was consistently hitting 95-97 with nearly ever fastball, and he even hit 98 4-5 times and 99 at least once, his control was not there. The plate umpire appeared to have a pretty narrow strike zone – although I could not tell that for sure as I was sitting 4-5 rows behind the Curve dugout. He pitched 6 innings I think, and I don’t think any were 1-2-3. He walked 4 batters, hit a batter, and went 3-2 on several others.

Although he obviously has the velocity and raw ability, I came away disappointed in what I saw. The Bowie lineup was weak – I think there were only 2-3 batters with averages above .275 and none are top prospects – most of them are organizational players in the 25-28 range. The only hitter from Bowie ho impressed me was the Cuban player (forgot his name) – he could hit. Given that, I expected someone like Taillon to completely dominate that lineup, and he didn’t. I also did not like his demeanor as he walked back to the dugout each inning – appeared to be upset with himself and sulking a bit. I hope I just caught him on a somewhat off night.

Polanco – This guy is the real deal – and the hype is matched by the what you see in person. In the first inning, he crushed a 3 run HR to just left of dead center it appeared. In his last AB, he had a single and scored a run. In between, he seemed to struggle with breaking pitches a bit – but that is somewhat expected with such a young player. I was almost more impressed by he play in CF – covers a lot of ground, strong arm, and he made on great diving catch that saved a couple of runs (at the time). He is very tall, but not thin or skinny – he appears very well filled out. He may be one of the few players who could successfully move from AA to the majors later this Summer. I don’t think he would be out of place at all.

Santos – I was very impressed with this kid – had a single, double, walk, and he crushed a 2 run HR over the bill boards at Bowie’s stadium. He also played very good 3B – and made 2-3 tough plays. He may not have enough power to be a 3B in the majors, but I could see him being a very productive 2B or utility player – he can hit and knows how to hit. I really liked what I saw of him last night.

Dickerson – He was okay, although playing out of position in RF. Had a couple of singles and a RBI. I was hoping for more – as I am really pulling for him and Lambo to make it. They both seem like good guys.

Rojas – For some reason, did not play.

Cunningham – Had 3 hits, although I was not overly impressed with anything he did at the plate. At 2B, he made two very difficult players and also let a routine grounder to him turn into an infield hit (should have been an error) by taking too much time throwing the ball to first – cost his team 2 runs that inning. I did not see anything that really impressed me with him.

Paulino – If there is a better defensive catcher or someone with a stronger arm, I want to see him. As a catcher, I was VERY impressed with Paulino. Looked to be very athletic and agile. Picked a runner off second base with a laser of a throw. Made a good play on an extremely high popup almost to the back of the backstop. Hitting wise, he only had one hit – but he hit the ball solidly at two other times, but right at someone. I think he’s a sleeper – probably not a starter in the MLB – but a very capable backup.

Maggi, Howard – Both were awful last night – in the field and at the plate. Maggi played LF and his bad play cost the team 3-4 runs – even though he was not charged with an error. The scorer at Bowie was terrible – a real homer. The Curve was only charged with 1 error, when they should have had anywhere from 3-5.

Gift – Fast and very impressive in the field at SS. Hitting wise, he had one hit and did not appear to ever be overpowered. If he can learn to hit some, he could be a very serviceable SS or backup SS in the MLB.

Once Taillon left the game, the roof fell in. They were up 8-0 at one point, and lost 10-9. Townsend pitched better than his stats – the defense did not help him at all. Ramos and Miller were just awful. How they got to AA I have no idea. Ramos was throwing 88-89 and just got hit all over the place. Miller wasn’t much better.

The Curve generally, are not a very good team. Especially defensively – just awful in LF, RF, 1B, and 2B. They should have beaten Bowie however, as Bowie’s team looked like an independent minor league team – no prospects – and only two (the Cuban OF and the catcher Joseph) have any hope of reaching MLB in my opinion.

By: Lee Young Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:27:04 +0000 AWESOME!!!

By: Lee Young Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:26:36 +0000 and Thank God for that!

By: johnj618 Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:49:08 +0000 Question, with the futures of Burnett and Wandy being unknown and guys like Vic Black and Duke Welker in AAA, is there any chance the pirates would attempt to use Justin Wilson as a starter next year? I know hes had a crazy good year out of the bullpen but I would just like to see as many innings out of him as possible.

By: Dom DiDominic Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:36:07 +0000 A year ago, the discussion was, ‘Should Cole come up in September to pitch out of the pen.’
Answer is the same with Taillon. No. Get two to three starts in AAA, come to spring training with a shot at the rotation, then see ya in June, 2014.

Pimentel is another story. He needs to be up and contribute in the next month. He is closer to the Justin Wilson mode & should be a fixture in the pen/long relief next year.

By: Mike C. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 10:43:50 +0000 i remember back in day where our top pitchers were guys like Z Duke and Malholm.
oh how things have changed