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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Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System
Aug27

Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System

The 2014 season has been a nice breakout campaign for Elias Diaz, which sees him finishing up at Triple-A and emerging as one of the best catching prospects in the system. One of the main reason Diaz has reached this level is that he has seen tremendous progress at the plate over the last two seasons. In 326 at bats with Altoona this season, Diaz hit .328 with an .823 OPS. This included 20 doubles and six home runs. As for the...

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Gregory Polanco looks to find swing in Triple-A
Aug26

Gregory Polanco looks to find swing in Triple-A

After a grueling 1-for-30 stretch, Gregory Polanco found himself re-joining the Indianapolis lineup and hitting second Tuesday night. However, Polanco does not view this as entirely a demotion, but also as an opportunity. “I could be up there, not playing and being on the bench,” Polanco said. “You are not going to get better like that. When you are playing every day, that’s how you get better. They made that decision to send me here...

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The Surprising Season A.J. Morris Has Had on the Mound
Aug23

The Surprising Season A.J. Morris Has Had on the Mound

After coming to Indianapolis on June 7 with a 1.64 ERA in Altoona, A.J. Morris has hit the ground running. Morris had three very strong starts, including a six-hit shutout on June 12. He went down with a right forearm strain, missing two months, and returned this week to struggle in his first game back for Indianapolis. He’ll have a few weeks to show that he can get back to where he was before the injury. Prior to going on the...

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The Details on Tony Sanchez Making His First Career Start at First Base
Aug22

The Details on Tony Sanchez Making His First Career Start at First Base

After well documented struggles behind the plate for the past couple seasons, Tony Sanchez will make his first career start at first base Friday night for Indianapolis. While the future of the position change is up in the air, it will allow the organization to keep Elias Diaz and Sanchez’s bat in the lineup every day. The move that Sanchez would play some first base was announced just after Diaz was promoted. “I’m not really sure, as...

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