Gerrit Cole Has Lots of Weapons, But Which One Will He Focus On?

If you look at Gerrit Cole’s numbers since being promoted to Double-A Altoona in June, you’d likely be disappointed from the Pittsburgh Pirates No.1 overall pick in last years draft. Heading in to his start last night, he sported a 4.85 ERA over six starts and a .290 opposing batting average against. His outing last night was much better, with six strikeouts in six shutout innings. If you dig a little deeper, Cole...

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Pirates Focus on Short Term and Long Term Help at the Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates were connected to a lot of big names throughout the month of July, in their search to find help for their run at contending in 2012. Names like Chase Headley, Justin Upton, Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, and even Billy Butler were mentioned in connection with the Pirates. But when the deadline came, the Pirates acquired a different group of players — a group which might not have made the biggest splash,...

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Pirates Trade Brad Lincoln to Toronto for Travis Snider

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Brad Lincoln. The 24-year-old Snider was Toronto’s first round selection in the 2006 First Year Player Draft and made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays in 2008. The left-handed hitter entered tonight’s action with a.235 average, three homers and eight RBI in nine games with Toronto. In 61 games with Triple-A...

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Why Has Josh Bell’s Rehab Taken So Long?

One of the most anticipated debuts this year was the pro debut by Josh Bell, who signed for $5 M as a second round pick in the 2011 draft, and was slated to start off in West Virginia. That debut ended up being short-lived, as Bell went down in late-April with a knee injury. The outfielder ripped what would have been a double, but pulled up limping rounding first base, and was tagged out standing between first and second with an...

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Starling Marte Has Been Ready And Waiting

The Starling Marte era is about to begin for the Pittsburgh Pirates, which means that many more of you will be getting to see what I have been lucky enough to be watching all season: an outstanding player who can be a star for many years. In the field, Marte can cover just about anything.  He began the season playing mostly center field, but with the arrival of Jose Tabata, Marte has played more left field, and even a few games in...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Trade Deadline Preview

The 2012 MLB Trade Deadline is a little over a week away. For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be buyers at the deadline. This year’s team looks much stronger than last year’s team, and looks more likely to sustain the success we’ve seen over the first four months of the season. The combination of being contenders, plus trying to snap a 19-year losing streak, will put a lot of pressure on the...

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