Edinson Volquez Throwing Plus Change, Curveball For Strikes (Video)
Feb15

Edinson Volquez Throwing Plus Change, Curveball For Strikes (Video)

Edinson Volquez threw a bullpen today, which was his second bullpen of Spring Training.┬áToday was the first time since camp began that Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a chance to watch Volquez throw a bullpen. He had seem him throw before, including about a month ago in mini-camp. “I thought it was clean and efficient,” Hurdle said of today’s session. Russell Martin caught Volquez, and said that he could...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Spring Training Schedule
Feb15

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Spring Training Schedule

Spring Training started for pitchers and catchers in Major League camp this week. By the end of the month, everyone will report to Major League camp. Meanwhile, minor leaguers started practicing yesterday, and their Spring Training schedule kicks off in early March. Below is the schedule for all of the minor league games. All games are held at Pirate City, and entrance is free. Each day features at least two games. Either the Triple-A...

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The Non-Negotiables the Pirates Have For Their Major League Pitchers
Feb15

The Non-Negotiables the Pirates Have For Their Major League Pitchers

On Wednesday, I wrote about how we might need to change the way we currently value pitchers. Despite all of the focus on the impacts of park factors, defense, defensive shifts, and pitch framing, the general outlook on pitchers is that the skill comes first, and the outside factors are just complementary additions or subtractions that don’t make a substantial difference. In the article linked above, I pointed out how A.J....

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Jameson Taillon Throwing a Bullpen to Russell Martin (Video)
Feb14

Jameson Taillon Throwing a Bullpen to Russell Martin (Video)

Jameson Taillon threw a bullpen today at Pirate City, pitching to Russell Martin. Taillon started from the windup, then moved to the stretch later in the session, and threw all of his pitches. The command on the curve looked spotty at times, but I generally don’t pass too much judgement on how a pitcher looks this early during Spring Training. If you missed it earlier, check out our video of Wandy Rodriguez throwing his bullpen...

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Outfield Defensive Shifts Might be the Next Big Thing for the Pirates
Feb14

Outfield Defensive Shifts Might be the Next Big Thing for the Pirates

Last year we focused on the defensive shifts that were employed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, aimed at getting better results for their ground ball heavy pitchers. James Santelli broke it down last summer, and pointed out the impact the shifts were having on the overall success of the team. As a side note, that article by James has been nominated for a SABR award, and the details to vote for the article can be found here. The Pirates...

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