2014 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep16

2014 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Despite a strong start to the season, Indianapolis seemed to hit a wall in July. After earning a hefty advantage in the International League West early, Indianapolis finished six games behind Columbus and missed the playoffs. While the last two seasons they had made the playoffs, Indianapolis had been an early exit due to the Pirates being competitive late in the season. This season, injuries at the big league level and several...

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The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff
Sep11

The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff

You’ve probably heard all about Russell Martin’s work with his pitching staff. It seems that following every good outing, there is a quote made from one of his pitchers about how Martin impacted the game that night. In most cases, these would seem like throwaway lines made out of courtesy from the pitcher to share the success with his teammates. But the comments are made so often, and in so many different ways, that it...

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Josh Harrison Out of the Lineup Today After Being a Gametime Decision
Sep07

Josh Harrison Out of the Lineup Today After Being a Gametime Decision

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle listed Josh Harrison as a game time decision for today’s tilt with the Cubs. Harrison left yesterday’s suspended game with the Cubs after injuring his ankle. He didn’t play in the second game. Hurdle said he has a lineup with Harrison in it and one with him out. He said that Harrison’s pre-game response to the ankle will determine if he plays. While there is a delay with the lineup...

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Sampson Finishes Strong at Indianapolis, But Still Has Work to Do Before the Majors
Aug31

Sampson Finishes Strong at Indianapolis, But Still Has Work to Do Before the Majors

In his final start before the minor league season ending, Adrian Sampson allowed just one earned run in 5.2 innings on four hits. Sampson walked a pair and struck out five. Coming into the start, Sampson’s ERA had ballooned up to over 8.00 with Indianapolis. Odd numbered outings did not go well for the right-hander. In his first and third start combined, Sampson allowed 11 runs on 19 hits in 5.2 innings. In his second start,...

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First Pitch: Thoughts From Indy on Lambo’s Power, Top Pitchers, and Bullpen Help
Aug30

First Pitch: Thoughts From Indy on Lambo’s Power, Top Pitchers, and Bullpen Help

Andrew Lambo, who had a starting big league job in the spring to lose, managed to do just that. Along with this collapse, Lambo managed to avoid a call up, despite hitting .332 with a .962 OPS in 60 games with Indianapolis. That streak ended today when the Pirates called him up, likely for the remainder of the season. But why did it take this long? After the trade for Ike Davis on April 18, I reported that Lambo was no longer playing...

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