The Pirates Bench Shows the Real Problem With This Team, and It’s Not the Bench
Aug19

The Pirates Bench Shows the Real Problem With This Team, and It’s Not the Bench

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a horrible bench right now. That includes Michael Martinez, Brent Morel, and Jayson Nix. Morel has a .372 OPS, Nix has a .284 OPS, and Martinez has a .363 OPS. Some of those guys have even been getting starts, due to various struggles and injuries the Pirates have seen. The Pirates have had some problems lately, leading to a 7-10 record in August, and a recent six game losing streak. The bench illustrates...

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First Pitch: Should Pedro Alvarez Be Starting Over Ike Davis at First Base?
Aug19

First Pitch: Should Pedro Alvarez Be Starting Over Ike Davis at First Base?

Pedro Alvarez has been making the transition to first base in the last few weeks, after a season full of throwing problems at the third base position. Alvarez made his debut tonight at first, batting fifth against right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana. The move puts Ike Davis on the bench, with Davis previously representing the left-handed half of the first base platoon. The first base platoon hasn’t been the most productive pair...

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Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Homers Twice, Nick Kingham Goes Eight Strong Innings
Aug18

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Homers Twice, Nick Kingham Goes Eight Strong Innings

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Clint Barmes Has His Rehab Transferred to Indianapolis
Aug18

Clint Barmes Has His Rehab Transferred to Indianapolis

Clint Barmes had his rehab assignment transferred to Indianapolis, per an Indianapolis Indians press release. Barmes was previously playing in Altoona, spending two games at the Double-A level. He played five innings in each game. Typically a rehab assignment for position players will see two games each at five innings per game, two games at seven innings, and two full games to wrap up the rehab assignment. All of this is usually...

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Tyler Glasnow Expects to Remain in Bradenton the Rest of the Season
Aug18

Tyler Glasnow Expects to Remain in Bradenton the Rest of the Season

Tyler Glasnow has been phenomenal this year. On the season he has a 1.43 ERA in 113.1 innings, with 140 strikeouts and 55 walks. The 140 strikeouts not only leads the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system, but is the best in the organization this year, with Francisco Liriano’s 123 (in 114.1 innings) ranking second. On May 28th, Glasnow really started picking up the pace. He struck out 12 batters in 5.2 shutout innings...

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