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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Thoughts on Yesterday’s Pirates Roster Moves
Jul10

Thoughts on Yesterday’s Pirates Roster Moves

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several roster moves yesterday, calling up Matt Hague, announcing plans to send Vance Worley to the bullpen, and designating Duke Welker for assignment. Here are some thoughts on each of those moves, and what they mean for the short and long-term for the Pirates. Matt Hague Joins the Pirates Hague has been having a strong year with Indianapolis. He originally broke in with the Pirates in 2012, after putting...

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Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Stetson Allie, Jordan Luplow Homers
Jul09

Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Stetson Allie, Jordan Luplow Homers

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Francisco Liriano Will Start Sunday, Vance Worley to Bullpen
Jul09

Francisco Liriano Will Start Sunday, Vance Worley to Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Francisco Liriano will return to the team on Sunday to start the last game before the All-Star break against the Cincinnati Reds. Liriano threw six shutout innings on Monday down in AAA. He last started for the Pirates on June 10th, giving up two runs over three innings before leaving the game with an oblique injury. This season, he has a 4.60 ERA in 72.1 innings over 14 starts. Liriano has 77...

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Matt Hague With the Pirates, Marte Placed on Bereavement List
Jul09

Matt Hague With the Pirates, Marte Placed on Bereavement List

Matt Hague is with the Pittsburgh Pirates and he will be added to the active roster for tonight’s game. According to multiple reports on Twitter, Starling Marte isn’t with the team right now and Rob Biertempfel points out that Marte’s locker is empty. A roster move with need to be made to add Hague to the 40-man roster, which is currently full. More on this as it develops. Hague played for the Pirates in 2012,...

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JaCoby Jones: A Power Hitting Shortstop Prospect?
Jul09

JaCoby Jones: A Power Hitting Shortstop Prospect?

The West Virginia Power have been familiar with breakout seasons from prospects the last few years. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson broke out at the level in 2012. Tyler Glasnow had a breakout season in 2013. The 2014 breakout player could be JaCoby Jones. The Pirates drafted Jones in the third round last year as an outfielder, but gave him some work at shortstop in his first pro season. This year they came into the season with the...

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