Jason Grilli throws off the mound; Josh Harrison has a girl
Feb18

Jason Grilli throws off the mound; Josh Harrison has a girl

Earlier today I noted that Jason Grilli hadn’t thrown since last Thursday, taking a few extra days off between bullpen sessions. Both Clint Hurdle and Grilli said that he was fine, with no health concerns. Today Grilli threw five pitches off flat ground, and 15 off the mound. Hurdle talked about the reduced workload, and how this is a custom approach for Grilli due to the feedback received from the player. “Just because...

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Francisco Liriano Named the Opening Day Starter
Feb18

Francisco Liriano Named the Opening Day Starter

Clint Hurdle announced today that Francisco Liriano has been named the 2014 Opening Day starter. “He’s another guy that models the behavior we want to instill in others,” Clint Hurdle said on Liriano. “He does it a different way than Cutch, but he does it. Every day he does it. He’s a man you can depend on, and many times I share with these players, the greatest ability you can have day in and day out is...

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It’s Getting Stolmy Down in Bradenton (Video)
Feb18
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Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X
Feb18

Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X

In the last week I’ve written twice about how the Pittsburgh Pirates plan on utilizing outfield defensive shifts more often in 2014. Clint Hurdle initially talked about it last week, and I spoke with Neal Huntington about the topic, with Huntington noting that this would be different than their approach from a few years ago with outfield shifts. It appears that one big difference will come via new technology. Yesterday Hurdle...

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Why Gregory Polanco Feels Like a More Complete Outfielder Now
Feb18

Why Gregory Polanco Feels Like a More Complete Outfielder Now

Gregory Polanco is not a prospect who has a lot of flaws in his game. He hits for average, has some power, good plate discipline, has a ton of speed, runs the bases well, and has a strong arm and a ton of range in the outfield. If there’s one flaw I saw when watching him during the 2013 season, it was his struggles with running routes. Polanco covers a ton of ground in the outfield, and does fine going left to right. However, he...

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