First Pitch: Picking Two Pirates Breakout Candidates From Each Level
Apr03

First Pitch: Picking Two Pirates Breakout Candidates From Each Level

The 2014 Minor League baseball season begins today. John Dreker has a schedule of the Opening Day starters in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, with Nick Kingham being the highlight in Altoona. We will be releasing our previews of each level in the morning, and starting the nightly Prospect Watch after all of the day’s games are over. To prepare for the season, let’s take a look at two breakout candidates from...

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Jameson Taillon Had Second Opinion; Now All Parties Quiet as Pirates Decide the Next Step
Apr02

Jameson Taillon Had Second Opinion; Now All Parties Quiet as Pirates Decide the Next Step

A few weeks ago I reported that Jameson Taillon had been shut down due to elbow discomfort. Last week I reported that Taillon was going to seek a second opinion this Monday. Taillon did go for the second opinion on Monday, but didn’t want to comment on the results today. I don’t want to speculate on the results of the second opinion. However, I will point out this is a change from the previous updates when Taillon was open...

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Stetson Allie Close to Joining Altoona; McPherson, Worley, Meadows Updates
Apr02

Stetson Allie Close to Joining Altoona; McPherson, Worley, Meadows Updates

Earlier today I reported that Chris Stewart is hoping to play his first game on Friday down in extended Spring Training, along with an update on his rehab progress. Here are some updates from other players who are currently in extended Spring Training down in Bradenton. **Stetson Allie is close to finishing his rehab and heading out to join the Altoona Curve. Allie was held back in extended Spring Training due to his oblique injury....

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Chris Stewart Hoping to Catch His First Game on Friday
Apr02

Chris Stewart Hoping to Catch His First Game on Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates backup catcher Chris Stewart has been rehabbing at Pirate City as he recovers from minor knee surgery a few weeks ago. Stewart has already done everything he can do behind the plate, including catching bullpens, blocking pitches, throwing down to second, and fielding bunts. He has also been catching simulated games in the batting cages, to get ready for his first game action. “The knee is responding pretty...

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First Pitch: What Happens to Players Who Don’t Make Minor League Rosters?
Apr02

First Pitch: What Happens to Players Who Don’t Make Minor League Rosters?

The rosters are out for three of the four Pittsburgh Pirates full season minor league affiliates. The only roster remaining is the West Virginia Power. In the process of announcing rosters, some names get left off the list, with questions about where the player is expected to play. If it’s an injury, then we usually have that information in the article when the rosters are released. But some players are just stuck in...

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