Matt Bandi

  • Analysis
    Beware the “Quad-A” label

    Despite impressive Triple-A production, both Jeff Clement and Steve Pearce have failed in limited major league opportunities. Does that mean they are Quad-A players, simply unable to make that jump? Will Neil Walker go down that same path?

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    Morris heading to Altoona

    Pitching prospect Bryan Morris, who has not allowed an earned run in 33 innings for High-A Bradenton, will be promoted to Double-A Altoona. Neal Huntington said that Morris could be promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis by the end of the season.

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    Time to replace Iwamura with Walker

    Aki IwamuraThe Akinori Iwamura acquisition made sense at the time, but things have changed. Even if we factor in expected positive regression, Iwamura is likely to provide slightly below average production for the season. At 31-years-old and on a one-year contract,...

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    PLC Myth-Smashers: “Neal Huntington can’t spot talent”

    One oft-repeated complaint about Neal Huntington is that his acquisitions, both at the major and minor league level, have not performed well, that all we hear about is their “potential.” There are legitimate points to debate regarding Huntington’s plan, but the claim...

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    Karstens moving to bullpen

    Jen Langosch reports that Brian Burres will remain in the rotation and Jeff Karstens will move to the bullpen when Ross Ohlendorf returns from the disabled list on Monday.

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    Ohlendorf to return Monday

    Dejan Kovacevic reports that pitcher Ross Ohlendorf will return to the Pirates on Monday.

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    The better team: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Bradenton Marauders

    MaraudersThe Pirates have struggled this far in 2010, beginning the season 11-15. The team ranks 28th in baseball in runs scored and they are dead last in runs allowed. The team’s High-A affiliate, the Bradenton Marauders got off to a great start...

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    Is Charlie Morton tipping his pitches from the stretch?

    MLB: Pirates vs Giants APR 14On April 30, Charlie Morton served up a first inning, two-run home run to the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier. The blast came on a decent pitch, 92 MPH with good movement, painting the inside corner. During the next at-bat, the camera...

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    Pearce coming from Indy

    Jen Langosch reports that Steve Pearce will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis tomorrow.

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    Hart diagnosed with torn labrum

    Rocco DeMaro reports that Kevin Hart has been diagnosed with a labrum tear in his right shoulder.