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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Nick Kingham Shows a Strong Changeup in His Continued Success With Indianapolis
Jul11

Nick Kingham Shows a Strong Changeup in His Continued Success With Indianapolis

There was only one situation that gave Nick Kingham any trouble in his start Thursday night with Indianapolis – the stretch. Fortunately for Kingham, he did not face the situation until the sixth inning. Not only was Kingham perfect through the first 5.2 innings, he was simply dominant against Columbus, who boasts the third best team OPS in the International League. The final line for Kingham was six shutout innings, allowing only two...

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