First Pitch: MLB Lining Up For a Battle of Big Market vs Small Market Teams
Aug13

First Pitch: MLB Lining Up For a Battle of Big Market vs Small Market Teams

All eyes are on a great playoff race, where the Pittsburgh Pirates have moved 1.5 games up from the St. Louis Cardinals in the top Wild Card spot, and have pulled to 1.5 games back from the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central. Every game will be big from this point forward, but the upcoming games against Detroit and Washington this week will be crucial, as they stand in the beginning of a tough schedule the rest of the...

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Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Continues Putting Up Video Game Numbers
Aug13

Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Continues Putting Up Video Game Numbers

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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Brandon Cumpton Recalled, Casey Sadler Optioned to Indianapolis
Aug12

Brandon Cumpton Recalled, Casey Sadler Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Casey Sadler to Indianapolis and have recalled Brandon Cumpton, per a team press release. Sadler was called up yesterday when Andrew McCutchen was placed on the disabled list, and threw in the eighth inning of last night’s win against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up two runs on three hits, only recording two outs. Earlier today, Ryan Palencer wrote about how Cumpton was making the transition...

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Top 10 Pitchers: A Breakout Pitcher You Should Follow, Not Named Adrian Sampson
Aug12

Top 10 Pitchers: A Breakout Pitcher You Should Follow, Not Named Adrian Sampson

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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First Pitch: If the Pirates are Going to Pay Market Rate on Anyone, Make it Russell Martin
Aug12

First Pitch: If the Pirates are Going to Pay Market Rate on Anyone, Make it Russell Martin

A few weeks ago I wrote that the biggest priority for the Pittsburgh Pirates should be re-signing Russell Martin at the end of the year. On Sunday, Neal Huntington talked about a few of the catchers in the system, and also commented on the possible market for Martin this off-season. The comment was made when discussing Tony Sanchez and his improvements towards being a starter. That raised concerns that the Pirates were setting up for...

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