Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Month
Jul02

Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Month

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been named the National League Player of the Month for June. He led the league with 20 extra-base hits during the month, hitting eight homers and driving in 25 runs, both of which tied for the NL lead. He finished second in the NL last month in hits, doubles and slugging percentage. In 26 games, he had a .343/.410/.686 slash line. Earlier in the month, McCutchen was named the NL...

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Nick Kingham Has His Season Back in Control
Jul02

Nick Kingham Has His Season Back in Control

After posting a 3.04 ERA in 12 games with Altoona, Nick Kingham has been even more dominant in his first four starts with Indianapolis. Kingham has posted a 0.43 ERA in his first 26.2 innings in Triple-A. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 20:5 with Indianapolis. The International League is hitting just .169 against him through the four outings. Kingham struggled with control early in the season with Altoona. He walked three hitters...

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First Pitch: Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham Should Be Untouchable
Jul02

First Pitch: Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham Should Be Untouchable

The way it looks right now, the need for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline might be pitching. That need could be reduced if Jeff Locke continues pitching well (3.46 ERA / 3.54 xFIP after tonight, so no regression is expected this year), and/or if Vance Worley turns out to be back to his pre-2013 self. That said, the Pirates currently have a rotation made up of Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton, Edinson Volquez, Locke, and Worley....

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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones and Matt Hague Lead a Night of Home Runs
Jul02

Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones and Matt Hague Lead a Night of Home Runs

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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July 2nd Preview: The Pirates’ Successful Approach in the International Market
Jul01

July 2nd Preview: The Pirates’ Successful Approach in the International Market

Don’t expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to land any big names in the international market once the 2014-15 signing period begins tomorrow. That’s not to say that they won’t land any big talents. The approach the Pirates have had in Latin America in previous years has been very successful, especially when it comes to finding cheap talent. There’s no greater evidence of this than with Gregory Polanco, who is...

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Nick Kingham is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month For June
Jul01

Nick Kingham is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month For June

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. We also recap each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month. Below are the average pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of June. The rankings include every pitcher who made at least four starts for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no...

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