Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Jordy Mercer
May16

Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Jordy Mercer

It was almost a year ago that Jordy Mercer played his first game of the 2014 season at shortstop. Mercer came up in early May to play second base with Neil Walker on the disabled list. Walker returned on May 13th, and Mercer started his first game of the season at shortstop on May 15th. A few weeks later, Mercer was named the primary starter, which was a relief to Pirates fans who were tired of seeing Clint Barmes’ bat in the...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Have Returned to the Days Where They Can’t Beat Milwaukee
May16

First Pitch: The Pirates Have Returned to the Days Where They Can’t Beat Milwaukee

There were so many reasons that the Pittsburgh Pirates were winners last year. But one key aspect to their winning season was the fact that no one team dominated them. Their worst record against any team was 2-4, which happened against the Rockies and Dodgers. In the years leading up to the 2013 season, there was one team that always dominated the Pirates: the Milwaukee Brewers. Whether it was at home, or in Miller Park, the Pirates...

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Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson and Josh Bell Homer, Six No-Hit Innings From Buddy Borden
May15

Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson and Josh Bell Homer, Six No-Hit Innings From Buddy Borden

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Kyle Schwarber, Matt Imhof, Forrest Wall, Foster Griffin
May15

2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Kyle Schwarber, Matt Imhof, Forrest Wall, Foster Griffin

This is part three in our weekly draft preview leading up to the draft. We profile four players each week, focusing on a college pitcher, college hitter and prep pitcher, prep hitter, who have all been mentioned in the Pittsburgh Pirates range in the first round. The 2014 amateur draft starts on June 5th and the Pirates have the 24th overall selection. You can view the previous previews below. Week One: Braxton Davidson, Spencer...

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Keith Law’s First Mock Draft Has Pirates Taking Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede
May15

Keith Law’s First Mock Draft Has Pirates Taking Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede

Keith Law has posted his first mock draft for subscribers to ESPN Insider and he has the Pittsburgh Pirates taking Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Beede. This is the first time all year that Beede has been connected to the Pirates, but Law mentioned that questions about his makeup has caused the right-hander to slip in the draft. We have been covering Beede’s starts all season long here, but not really concentrating on him because he...

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Pirates Activate Wandy Rodriguez, Option Jaff Decker
May15

Pirates Activate Wandy Rodriguez, Option Jaff Decker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Wandy Rodriguez off of the 15-day disabled list. To make room, they have optioned Jaff Decker to Triple-A. Rodriguez was expected to b activated today, as he’s the scheduled starter. The move isn’t a good one for the Pirates. In his two rehab starts,┬áRodriguez gave up ten earned runs on 11 hits in 8.2 innings of work, with a 7:6 K/BB ratio and three home runs. All of that came at the...

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