Prospect Watch: Locke and Glasnow Pitch Well; Three Hits For Polanco
May17

Prospect Watch: Locke and Glasnow Pitch Well; Three Hits For Polanco

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Jordy Mercer
May16

Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Jordy Mercer

It was almost a year ago that Jordy Mercer played his first game of the 2014 season at shortstop. Mercer came up in early May to play second base with Neil Walker on the disabled list. Walker returned on May 13th, and Mercer started his first game of the season at shortstop on May 15th. A few weeks later, Mercer was named the primary starter, which was a relief to Pirates fans who were tired of seeing Clint Barmes’ bat in the...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Have Returned to the Days Where They Can’t Beat Milwaukee
May16

First Pitch: The Pirates Have Returned to the Days Where They Can’t Beat Milwaukee

There were so many reasons that the Pittsburgh Pirates were winners last year. But one key aspect to their winning season was the fact that no one team dominated them. Their worst record against any team was 2-4, which happened against the Rockies and Dodgers. In the years leading up to the 2013 season, there was one team that always dominated the Pirates: the Milwaukee Brewers. Whether it was at home, or in Miller Park, the Pirates...

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Pirates Activate Wandy Rodriguez, Option Jaff Decker
May15

Pirates Activate Wandy Rodriguez, Option Jaff Decker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Wandy Rodriguez off of the 15-day disabled list. To make room, they have optioned Jaff Decker to Triple-A. Rodriguez was expected to b activated today, as he’s the scheduled starter. The move isn’t a good one for the Pirates. In his two rehab starts,┬áRodriguez gave up ten earned runs on 11 hits in 8.2 innings of work, with a 7:6 K/BB ratio and three home runs. All of that came at the...

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First Pitch: What Would Russell Martin Be Worth in Free Agency?
May15

First Pitch: What Would Russell Martin Be Worth in Free Agency?

Earlier today I wrote about the throwing problems from Tony Sanchez, and how those issues could keep Sanchez from being a starter in the majors. The Pirates will have a choice this off-season between trying to bring back Russell Martin, or giving the everyday job to Sanchez. Originally it seemed like a lock that Sanchez would take the job next year. But the more he struggles with his throwing, the more he could see that future...

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