Minor Moves: Pirates Release Two Minor League Pitchers
Jul18

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Two Minor League Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released two minor league pitchers today, cutting ties with right-handers Jason Townsend and Jorge Mendoza. Townsend is the bigger name here, reaching Altoona and looking like a legit relief prospect for awhile. He was drafted in the 31st round in 2010, and was hitting 97 out of the bullpen with poor control right after the draft. He improved on that control in following years, but didn’t post the...

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Looking at the Pirates Trade Needs on a Quiet Market; Should the Deadline Be Moved?
Jul18

Looking at the Pirates Trade Needs on a Quiet Market; Should the Deadline Be Moved?

Is it just me, or has the leadup to the 2014 trade deadline been quiet this year? When a rumor came out last week that the Pittsburgh Pirates were checking on Huston Street, it occurred to me that I hadn’t used the “News and Rumors” section of the site in some time. I looked, and realized that the Street rumor was the first trade rumor of the year. And it came on July 14th. By this time last year, the Pirates had...

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First Pitch: Five Big Questions That Will Determine if the Pirates Will Remain Contenders
Jul18

First Pitch: Five Big Questions That Will Determine if the Pirates Will Remain Contenders

The Pittsburgh Pirates will kick off the second half of the season today. They enter the second half with a 49-46 record, sitting 3.5 games out of first place in the NL Central, and 3 games back in the Wild Card race. They’ve got the lowest chances of any of the playoff contenders, but they’re still considered contenders. You can go through any team — contender or not — and you’ll find questions...

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Joely Rodriguez Moving to the Bullpen in Altoona
Jul17

Joely Rodriguez Moving to the Bullpen in Altoona

Joely Rodriguez came out of the bullpen in Altoona tonight after starting pitcher Orlando Castro went five innings. Altoona is just coming off their All-Star break, so I wanted to confirm that the move wasn’t due to the time off. According to Pirates’ farm director Larry Broadway, Rodriguez will be coming out of the bullpen “for the time being.” Rodriguez has a 4.44 ERA in 99.1 innings this year with Altoona,...

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Minor Moves: Andrew Lambo Returns to Indianapolis
Jul17

Minor Moves: Andrew Lambo Returns to Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Indians and Altoona Curve have announced the following moves. **Matt Curry has been placed on the disabled list, retro July 15th, with a left ankle injury. **Andrew Lambo has been activated from the DL. **Jhonathan Ramos was assigned to Altoona. **Ralph Henriquez has been placed on the Altoona DL to make room for Josh Bell, who was officially promoted today.

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