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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Tony Sanchez endures month-long slump
Jul10

Tony Sanchez endures month-long slump

June was simply a month to forget for Tony Sanchez. From June 5 to June 30, Sanchez went 5-for-55 at the plate, dropping his season average at Triple-A under the Mendoza line. “I hit .280 in that small sample size in the big leagues,” Sanchez said. “I came down here expecting to hit .380. Baseball doesn’t work that way, but it’s not like I came down here and changed any mechanics or changed my mindset. I am doing the exact same thing...

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A.J. Morris Gears to Return After the Indianapolis All-Star Break
Jul09

A.J. Morris Gears to Return After the Indianapolis All-Star Break

After a quick start at Triple-A, A.J. Morris found himself on the disabled list with a forearm strain on June 25. However, the stint on the shelf is expected to end soon, as Morris will begin throwing side work this week and is expected to return to action shortly after the Triple-A All-Star break next week. Morris was promoted June 7 after posting a 1.64 ERA in Altoona and he saw early success with Indianapolis. Despite a struggle in...

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