AFL Preview: Pirates Sending a Talented Group of Prospects
Oct05

AFL Preview: Pirates Sending a Talented Group of Prospects

The Arizona Fall League begins a 32-game schedule on Tuesday and the Pittsburgh Pirates are sending eight players to the league. It’s a talented group that will be playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions, alongside prospects from the Yankees, Mets, Phillies and Giants. The Pirates will send pitchers Tyler Glasnow, Nick Kingham, Adrian Sampson, Joely Rodriguez and Thomas Harlan; along with first baseman Josh Bell, catcher Elias Diaz...

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Jeff Banister to Interview For Texas Rangers Managerial Position
Oct04

Jeff Banister to Interview For Texas Rangers Managerial Position

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (via Bucs Dugout), Pittsburgh Pirates’ bench coach Jeff Banister will interview for the open managerial spot for the Texas Rangers. This is the second time we have heard Banister’s name mentioned for a managerial opening. He was interviewed by the Houston Astros, who decided to go with A.J. Hinch. Banister has never managed in the big leagues. He has spent 29 seasons...

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Pirates Acquire Preston Guilmet From Orioles
Oct03

Pirates Acquire Preston Guilmet From Orioles

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that they acquired right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations. Guilmet has pitched in the majors each of the last two seasons, posting a 5.23 ERA in 10.1 innings over ten relief appearances this year. The 27-year-old made four appearances for the Cleveland Indians last year and had a 10.13 ERA in 5.1 innings. He spent most of the last two...

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Vin Mazzaro and Chris McGuiness Elect Free Agency
Oct03

Vin Mazzaro and Chris McGuiness Elect Free Agency

According to the transactions page on MiLB.com, pitcher Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Chris McGuiness have both elected to become free agents. McGuiness was recently dropped from the 40-man roster when the Pirates added John Holdzkom to the roster. Mazzaro has been back and forth between the Pirates and Indianapolis over the last two seasons. McGuiness led all Pirates minor league players this year with 31 doubles. The 26-year-old was...

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AFL to be Used as a Testing Ground for Faster Games
Oct02

AFL to be Used as a Testing Ground for Faster Games

Major League Baseball has some ideas on how to speed up the game and they plan to try them out during the Arizona Fall League. The following rules will be in place when teams take the field for the AFL Opener on Tuesday: – Intentional walks can now just be called for by the manager with no pitches necessary. – Shorter breaks between innings, with the batters getting into the batter’s box within 1:45 of the previous...

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