The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes
Sep15

The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done a good job of preserving pitcher health and avoiding major injuries in the minors. A lot of this is due to their conservative approach with pitch counts and innings limits, especially at the lower levels. Despite this, it’s impossible to totally avoid injuries with pitchers, as we saw this year. In Spring Training, top prospects Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes both went down with Tommy John...

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First Pitch: How Much Will Josh Harrison Be Worth in Arbitration?
Sep15

First Pitch: How Much Will Josh Harrison Be Worth in Arbitration?

Josh Harrison is in a very unique situation. He’s having a breakout season in 2014, and contending for the batting title, after looking like a bench player for his first three years in the majors, and at times looking like he didn’t belong in the majors at all. The breakout season is coming at the right time, since Harrison is about to enter his first year of arbitration. The arbitration process relies on comparable...

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First Pitch: Jeff Locke Having Another Poor Second Half, Only This One is a Surprise
Sep14

First Pitch: Jeff Locke Having Another Poor Second Half, Only This One is a Surprise

Jeff Locke is currently having another poor second half. Last year it was predictable. He posted a 2.15 ERA in 109 innings during the first half, with a 4.21 xFIP that suggested things wouldn’t go so well in the second half. And things didn’t go well. Locke’s control bottomed out in the second half, with a 5.8 BB/9 ratio, helping to lead to a 6.12 ERA and a 4.14 xFIP. This year it looked like Locke would be getting...

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First Pitch: So This is What the Other Side of The Collapse Looks Like
Sep13

First Pitch: So This is What the Other Side of The Collapse Looks Like

Pittsburgh Pirates fans are familiar with a second half collapse. The 2011 team was contending in July, thanks mostly to a weak division. That team wasn’t really a strong contender, and ended up fading down the stretch. The 2012 team was much better than the 2011 team, which made the second half collapse even worse. We may be seeing The Collapse from the other side of the equation this year. At the end of June, the Milwaukee...

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Pirates Have Four Baseball America 2014 Minor League All-Stars
Sep12

Pirates Have Four Baseball America 2014 Minor League All-Stars

Baseball America released their Minor League All-Stars for each classification of the minors, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having four players on the list. It should be noted that the classifications mean “Triple-A” and “Double-A”, rather than the individual leagues at those levels. So rather than just having to compete with every player in the International League, a player with the Indianapolis Indians would...

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