James Santelli

  • 2013 Draft
    Report: Houston Astros Sign Mark Appel Under Slot Value

    The Houston Astros have agreed to a deal with No. 1 draft pick Mark Appel, according to the sources of CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Appel and agent Scott Boras turned down a contract offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates last year. [Update: Appel will receive a $6.35 million bonus, according to Jim Callis...

  • Analysis
    Stolmy Pimentel Promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis

    Stolmy Pimentel was second on the Curve with 61 strikeouts, trailing only Jameson Taillon. Right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel was promoted to Indianapolis from Double-A Altoona on Saturday, as first reported by Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror. The move corresponds with pitcher Nick Kingham joining the Altoona Curve from Bradenton. Pimentel, 23, threw...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Locke Down and Shut Out Dodgers 3-0

    Did you see this coming? Did you see Jeff Locke having the National League’s 5th-best ERA in mid-June? If you’re surprised, that’s because Locke’s performance sneaks up on you. The Pirates have needed nine starters to fill four spots because of injuries, poor pitching or in Gerrit Cole’s case, delaying a service...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Projecting Rotation with Burnett Out, Cumpton In

    Let’s review the Pirates’ scheduled starting rotation following the news that Brandon Cumpton will take the place of injured A.J. Burnett. Dodgers Series Friday: Jeff Locke Saturday: Brandon Cumpton (MLB Debut) Sunday: Gerrit Cole Reds Series Monday: Francisco Liriano Tuesday: Charlie Morton Wednesday: Jeff Locke Thursday: To Be Announced Angels Series (not...

  • Analysis
    Brandon Cumpton Will Start for Pirates on Saturday

    Cumpton has posted a 3.31 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis. Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make Saturday's start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Chelsa Messinger, Sports Anchor for...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Allow Season-High 17 Hits, Collect Only Three in Morton’s Debut

    That was the worst game the Pirates have played all season. Pittsburgh pitchers surrendered a season-high 17 hits in the 10-o loss, continuing the struggle after allowing 15 base hits Wednesday night. Starter Matt Cain and the Giants held the Bucs’ lineup to three hits after it totaled 18 hits on the previous...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Charlie Morton Makes 2013 Debut… Now What?

    Pirates right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton returns to the mound Thursday night at PNC Park, facing the San Francisco Giants almost one year to the day since his reconstructive elbow surgery. Morton becomes the 10th different starting pitcher Pittsburgh has used, yet the Pirates still maintain the 5th-best rotation ERA and 8th-best FIP...

  • Transactions
    A.J. Burnett Placed on 15-Day DL, Contreras Released, Morton Activated

    Jose Contreras appeared in seven games for the Pirates. The Pirates have released Jose Contreras, placed A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list and activated Charlie Morton, all moves on right-handed pitchers to allow Morton to start Thursday night. Burnett has a right calf strain that he told the team about Wednesday...

  • Game Recaps
    Marte, Pirates Light Up Zito for Eight Runs in 12-8 Win

    Starling Marte did not do it all by himself Wednesday night, but he did do it all. The Pirates’ left fielder notched four hits for the first time in his young-but-exciting career, stole two bases and scored all four times he got on base to lead the Pittsburgh offense to a 12-8...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: 9 Best Perspectives on Cole’s Debut

    We all watched Gerrit Cole impress in his Major League debut Tuesday night. I wrote about it. You (hopefully) read it, and now it’s on to the next one. But before it is on to the next one, I wanted to compile the best insight about Cole becoming a part of the...

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