Travis Snider Traded to Orioles For Stephen Tarpley and a PTBNL
Jan27

Travis Snider Traded to Orioles For Stephen Tarpley and a PTBNL

Update 8:56 PM: There is a good write-up of Tarpley here on Fangraphs, including the fact that he has hit 97 MPH with his fastball and “a low 80’s curve that flashes plus” Update 8:38 PM: The deal is done. Travis Snider to the Orioles for pitcher Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later. Something we didn’t mention before with Tarpley is his impressive 1.95 GO/AO ratio. He also improved as the season went...

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Pirates Will Have Five Spring Training Games Broadcast on ROOT Sports
Jan27

Pirates Will Have Five Spring Training Games Broadcast on ROOT Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have five Spring Training games broadcast on ROOT Sports this year, with all five coming in the middle of camp. The scheduled games are as follows. **Sunday, March 15 vs. Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. **Tuesday, March 17 vs. Houston Astros at 1:05 p.m. **Wednesday, March 18 vs. Detroit Tigers at 6:05 p.m. **Saturday, March 21 vs. Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. **Friday, April 3 at Philadelphia Phillies...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #9 – Cole Tucker
Jan27

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #9 – Cole Tucker

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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First Pitch: How the Pitch Clock Could Affect Rehab Assignments and Other Scenarios
Jan27

First Pitch: How the Pitch Clock Could Affect Rehab Assignments and Other Scenarios

With the proposal of testing the pitch clock in Minor League Baseball this season, several issues come to mind. After the use in the Arizona Fall League, the clocks met mixed reviews across the board. Those mixed opinions will certainly continue, as the clock will likely be implemented in Double-A and Triple-A parks this season. Though the everyday Minor League pitchers will have a tough first month or so adjusting to it, one major...

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The Other Tall, Hard-Throwing Pirates Pitcher Returning From Tommy John Surgery
Jan26

The Other Tall, Hard-Throwing Pirates Pitcher Returning From Tommy John Surgery

Jameson Taillon became the biggest profile Tommy John case for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, but another top pitching prospect also underwent the procedure. Clay Holmes went down a few weeks before Taillon, undergoing the surgery in mid-March. Holmes doesn’t have the same skills as Taillon, but he is a promising pitching prospect to follow, rating this year as the 17th best prospect in the system. Just like Taillon, Holmes has...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #10 – Elias Diaz
Jan26

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #10 – Elias Diaz

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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