Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Speed, Andrew Lambo, Chris Dickerson
Apr11

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Speed, Andrew Lambo, Chris Dickerson

Here are some highlights from the last few days in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, including two videos of top prospect Gregory Polanco. There’s always time for Gregory Polanco highlights, especially a highlight of him showing off his speed by stealing second base, and taking third on a wild throw by the catcher. Here’s another video of Polanco picking up a single up the middle. The Indians won in walk off fashion last...

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Jeff Locke Activated From the DL, Optioned to Triple-A
Apr11

Jeff Locke Activated From the DL, Optioned to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Jeff Locke from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned him to Indianapolis. Locke made his final rehab start on Wednesday night, striking out ten batters in six innings in Bradenton. I wrote about how Locke looked during that start. Yesterday I asked whether Locke had a spot in the Pirates’ rotation. At the moment there isn’t a spot open for him, which is why this move isn’t...

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First Pitch: What Do the Pirates Have in Their Rotation?
Apr11

First Pitch: What Do the Pirates Have in Their Rotation?

Earlier today I wrote an article looking at what should be expected from each spot in the rotation from a numbers standpoint. That focused on the league averages, and the ERA from each spot. As a side note, I prefer FIP and xFIP over ERA, but when you’re talking about league averages, it really doesn’t make much of a difference. Also, the goal was to look at what teams actually did last year, rather than what they’d...

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Jameson Taillon Undergoes Successul Tommy John Surgery
Apr10

Jameson Taillon Undergoes Successul Tommy John Surgery

According to Jonathan Mayo, Jameson Taillon underwent successful Tommy John surgery yesterday. Just learned that @JTaillon19 had successful Tommy John surgery yesterday. Now the recovery for the @Pirates prospect begins @MLBPipeline — Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayoB3) April 10, 2014 Over the weekend it was announced that Taillon would undergo surgery. The typical recovery time is a year, which would put Taillon on pace to return...

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What Should You Expect From Each Rotation Spot?
Apr10

What Should You Expect From Each Rotation Spot?

Back in 2006, Jeff Sackmann wrote an article in the Hardball Times taking a look at what should be expected from each rotation spot. His research was done because people tend to overestimate how good a pitcher should be.┬áSackmann studied the 2006 season to find the results for each spot in the rotation, using the following method: For the purposes of this article, it’s necessary to define exactly what a #1 starter (or #2, or #3)...

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