First Pitch: Who Should Replace Wandy Rodriguez in the Rotation?
Apr22

First Pitch: Who Should Replace Wandy Rodriguez in the Rotation?

Wandy Rodriguez went on the disabled list today, meaning the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to need a starting pitcher on Thursday. Jeff Locke made his start tonight for Indianapolis, so that starter won’t be him. Casey Sadler is expected to make his start tomorrow for the Indians, which would remove him from the running. The two players who are the top candidates for the starting role are Stolmy Pimentel and Brandon Cumpton....

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Prospect Watch: The Unreal Numbers From the Bradenton Marauders Rotation
Apr21

Prospect Watch: The Unreal Numbers From the Bradenton Marauders Rotation

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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Top Performers: Brandon Cumpton Heating Up as Wandy Rodriguez Shuts Down
Apr21

Top Performers: Brandon Cumpton Heating Up as Wandy Rodriguez Shuts Down

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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Top Performers: Elias Diaz Showing Off a Bat to Pair With His Strong Defense
Apr21

Top Performers: Elias Diaz Showing Off a Bat to Pair With His Strong Defense

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the top ten players from the last...

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Wandy Rodriguez Placed on the Disabled List
Apr21

Wandy Rodriguez Placed on the Disabled List

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, and have recalled Jared Hughes from Triple-A. Considering the struggles from Rodriguez, it would be fair to speculate whether this injury is a phantom move, giving him a break. So far he has a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings, but the bigger concern is that his average velocity is down over a full MPH. Hughes is...

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