The Pirates Minor League Catcher Roster Crunch Appears to be Solved
Mar12

The Pirates Minor League Catcher Roster Crunch Appears to be Solved

The Pittsburgh Pirates looked like they had a roster crunch at the catcher position in the lower levels heading into the 2014 season. 2013 first round pick Reese McGuire was expected to make the jump to full season ball in West Virginia. Wyatt Mathisen started the 2013 season in West Virginia, but suffered a partially torn labrum early in the season, and was out of action by the end of April. His numbers struggled in his time at the...

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Injury Updates: Stetson Allie Out a Few Days With a Minor Injury
Mar12

Injury Updates: Stetson Allie Out a Few Days With a Minor Injury

A few minor injury updates from minor league camp today. **Stetson Allie is out with a tight oblique. Allie described the injury as “nothing too serious”. He felt something two days ago when taking a swing, and said he could have kept playing, but the team decided to play it cautious. Right now Allie is taking three days off, rehabbing the injury, and then re-evaluating things. **Austin Meadows has been out with a...

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Clay Holmes Scheduled to Visit Dr. James Andrews With Elbow Tightness
Mar12

Clay Holmes Scheduled to Visit Dr. James Andrews With Elbow Tightness

Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed pitching prospect Clay Holmes is experiencing elbow tightness, and is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews next Wednesday for further evaluation. Holmes had issues with his elbow last year during the Fall Instructional Leagues, and was shut down for rest and rehab over the off-season. The elbow started bothering him again recently, and the Pirates shut him down and scheduled him for a visit to get the...

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How Grady Sizemore Could Impact the First Base Market
Mar12

How Grady Sizemore Could Impact the First Base Market

All off-season I’ve been seeing Mike Carp’s name thrown around on fan wish lists for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first base position. The only problem with this is that Carp has never really been mentioned as a guy who is available. The Pirates were mentioned as a team that was scouting him a week ago, but it hasn’t seemed like the Red Sox were really shopping him. Carp makes $1.4 M, which is affordable for Boston...

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First Pitch: The Most Important Pitch For a Pirates’ Pitcher?
Mar12

First Pitch: The Most Important Pitch For a Pirates’ Pitcher?

Earlier today I wrote an article about the sinkerball. By that, I mean I wrote over 4700 words on that one pitch, which consisted of information I received from over a dozen interviews. I don’t know if he reads the site, but I do want to give a public thanks to Charlie Morton for all of his insight with the article. The article was inspired by the initial conversation I had with Morton, then grew after a 15 minute interview with...

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