Tyler Glasnow’s Curve Rated Best in AFL
Nov14

Tyler Glasnow’s Curve Rated Best in AFL

Jonathan Mayo posted an article for the best tools in the Arizona Fall League and Tyler Glasnow was named the pitcher with the best breaking ball. Glasnow throws a big-breaking curve that sits 77-78 MPH, which really keeps hitters off-balance when paired with his mid-90’s fastball. Mayo mentions that one scout rated his curve as a plus-plus pitch. The voting not only comes from Mayo, he also talked to scouts and took a poll of...

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Pirates Sign A.J. Burnett to One-Year Deal
Nov14

Pirates Sign A.J. Burnett to One-Year Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday afternoon that they have signed A.J. Burnett to a one-year deal for $8.5 M. The 37-year-old righty pitched for the Pirates from 2012-13, before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies last year. Both Burnett and the Phillies declined their mutual option for 2015 this off-season. Burnett made 34 starts for the Phillies and posted a 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 213.2 innings. He had 190...

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Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Collecting Extra-Base Hits, Tito Polo Begins Season In Colombia
Nov14

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Collecting Extra-Base Hits, Tito Polo Begins Season In Colombia

On Wednesday night in the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.¬†More on him below. Carlos Paulino played his sixth game, coming in as a defensive replacement behind the plate in the ninth inning. He didn’t get a chance to bat. Willy Garcia had his second straight 0-for-4 game, though he didn’t strikeout, which is a small victory. Garcia is still hitting .304 through 17 games and has...

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Andrew McCutchen Finishes Third in MVP Voting
Nov13

Andrew McCutchen Finishes Third in MVP Voting

Major League Baseball announced the National League Most Valuable Player award on Thursday night. Andrew McCutchen¬†finished third behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw(winner) and Giancarlo Stanton in voting. He was looking to win back-to-back MVP awards, which was last done in the NL by Albert Pujols in 2008 and 2009. He was also trying to become just the second Pittsburgh Pirates player to win multiple award, following Barry...

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AFL: Joely Rodriguez Finishes on a Sour Note, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times
Nov13

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Finishes on a Sour Note, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times

On Thursday afternoon, Joely Rodriguez started the last game of the Arizona Fall League season. He came into the game with an 0.95 ERA, best among all starting pitchers in the AFL, but he didn’t continue his season-long success. Josh Bell and Elias Diaz were also in the lineup representing the Pittsburgh Pirates. Scottsdale won 8-5 over Salt River, giving them a 12-20 record. Rodriguez started the first inning by allowing a line...

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