First Pitch: It’s Time to Replace Wandy Rodriguez With Brandon Cumpton
May22

First Pitch: It’s Time to Replace Wandy Rodriguez With Brandon Cumpton

On a personal note, I’ve had a string of migraine/tension headaches for almost two weeks straight. This is something I’ve dealt with my entire life, and I’ve never gotten an answer from doctors as to why it happens. Some of you might know this, especially the kind people who have shared their similar stories and helpful tips on Twitter in the past (those are always appreciated). Overall, this problem kind of sucks,...

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Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham and Jason Creasy Continue the Trend of Strong Pitching
May21

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham and Jason Creasy Continue the Trend of Strong Pitching

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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First Pitch: How Long Can the Pirates Give Edinson Volquez?
May21

First Pitch: How Long Can the Pirates Give Edinson Volquez?

Edinson Volquez had an amazing start to the 2014 season. Through his first five appearances (four starts), he had a 2.18 ERA in 33 innings, with a 20:8 K/BB ratio. The numbers said that he would regress and see a decline going forward, but not to the extreme he saw. In his four starts since that great debut, Volquez has combined for an 8.31 ERA in 21.2 innings, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio. A few weeks ago, Nate Barnes wrote about Volquez,...

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Prospect Watch: Brandon Cumpton Leads an Amazing Night of Minor League Pitching
May21

Prospect Watch: Brandon Cumpton Leads an Amazing Night of Minor League Pitching

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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First Pitch: Super Two Unfair For Gregory Polanco; MLB Unfair For the Pirates
May20

First Pitch: Super Two Unfair For Gregory Polanco; MLB Unfair For the Pirates

I’m not sure if I can recall a player who has been anticipated as much as Gregory Polanco, at least for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I also don’t know if I can recall a Super Two debate as big as the one currently taking place with Polanco. Then again, I didn’t cover guys like Wil Myers (June 18th debut), Mike Trout (July 8th debut), Stephen Strasburg (June 8th debut), or other impact prospects over the last few years who...

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