Andrew Lambo off to a hot start after return from thumb injury
Jul24

Andrew Lambo off to a hot start after return from thumb injury

After missing two and a half months following surgery on his right thumb, Andrew Lambo did not waste any time getting back into the swing of things. In the first six games, he is hitting for a .462/.481/.808 line in 26 at-bats, with three doubles and two home runs. “It’s feeling good,” Lambo said. “I got some good pitches to hit the other day. I faced (Justin) Masterson yesterday. That is different, four days in to be facing some arms...

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Jeff Locke’s Success is Real, Thanks to His Drastically Improved Control
Jul15

Jeff Locke’s Success is Real, Thanks to His Drastically Improved Control

It was almost one year ago that Jeff Locke found himself with the best players in the game in New York after a dominant first half of the season. However, the southpaw found himself on the opposite end of the spectrum, in Bradenton toward the beginning of this season. There is no secret what led to Locke’s downfall last season. Before the break last season, Locke walked 47 hitters in 109 innings. Following the midseason classic, he...

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Pirates Release Duke Welker, Option Jaff Decker to Triple-A
Jul14

Pirates Release Duke Welker, Option Jaff Decker to Triple-A

Duke Welker has been released by Pittsburgh after being DFA’d last week, according to the MLB transactions page. After getting off to a tough start this season, Welker underwent Tommy John surgery last month. Welker had a 4.91 ERA with 11 walks in 11 innings with Indianapolis this season. Welker posted an ERA under three for back to back seasons in 2011 and 2012 with Bradenton, Altoona and Indianapolis. In 2013, Welker struggled a bit...

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How Tony Watson Went From a Non-Prospect in Double-A to an All-Star Reliever
Jul13

How Tony Watson Went From a Non-Prospect in Double-A to an All-Star Reliever

After putting up some of the best numbers of any reliever in baseball this season, Tony Watson was named to the National League All-Star team. The accomplishment is special for any player, and rare for middle relievers. In Watson’s case, it’s extremely surprising when you consider that just a few years ago he looked like a prospect who would top out at the Double-A level. Watson was named the Minor League Pitcher of the...

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Pirates Hoping to Fix the Control of a Hard Throwing Right-Handed Relief Prospect
Jul12

Pirates Hoping to Fix the Control of a Hard Throwing Right-Handed Relief Prospect

John Holdzkom is making the most of his first opportunity above High-A this season. Much of the success that he has seen this season is due to a lively fastball and some new-found control. After beginning the season with Amarillo in the Independent Leagues, Holdzkom arrived with a bang with the Pirates organization, signing as a minor league free agent at the end of June. In six innings with Altoona, he allowed just one hit and he...

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