Pirates sign Tyler Waldron and Vincent Payne

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two more draft picks: fifth round pick, Tyler Waldron, and 12th round pick Vincent Payne.  The two right handed pitchers bring the signing total up to eight for the 2010 draft class. Waldron had a down year at Oregon State in 2010, before ending up as the team’s closer.  He is probably best as a reliever, as he has a plus fastball that ranges 89-94 MPH, and a plus slider that he uses...

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2010 State College Spikes Preview

Is it a bad thing that I’m going to be more interested in watching the State College Spikes once their season begins, than watching the West Virginia Power, a level above State College?  It’s not that I don’t like the prospects at West Virginia.  It’s just that it’s hard to top what State College has to offer this year, at least at the start of the season. The big thing to watch for will be the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/17/10

The State College Spikes’ 2010 season starts tomorrow.  The season preview will be up tonight. INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) The Indianapolis Indians beat Buffalo 2-0.  Hayden Penn got the start, pitching six shutout innings, and allowing three hits, four walks, and striking out four.  Anthony Claggett and Wilfredo Ledezma each added a perfect inning in relief.  Jean Machi got the save, with a shutout inning,...

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Game 66 Live Blog: Pirates vs White Sox

Lineups: Pirates: 1. Jose Tabata, LF 2. Neil Walker, 2B 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4. Garrett Jones, 1B 5. Lastings Milledge, RF 6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B 7. Ryan Doumit, C 8. Bobby Crosby, SS 9. Ross Ohlendorf, P White Sox: 1. Juan Pierre, LF 2. Omar Vizquel, 3B3. Alex Rios, CF4. Paul Konerko, 1B5. Carlos Quentin, RF6. A.J. Pierzynski, C7. Alexei Ramirez, SS8. Gordon Beckham, 2B9. Mark Buehrle, P...

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John Russell and Neal Huntington Extended This Past Off-Season

Earlier today we heard rumors from Ken Rosenthal that the Pittsburgh Pirates had extended general manager Neal Huntington.  Prior to this news, it was believed that Huntington and manager John Russell were both working without contracts in 2011. It has since been confirmed that not only did the Pirates extend Huntington, but they also picked up the option for John Russell in 2011, and on top of all of that, made both moves this...

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