Austin Meadows Finally Heading to West Virginia
Jul11

Austin Meadows Finally Heading to West Virginia

According to his Twitter account, Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows is heading to West Virginia. West Virginia here I come! Blessed to make it to this point! — Austin Meadows (@austin_meadows) July 11, 2014 Meadows played his final rehab game last night for Bristol, and also played his first complete game. Usually the Pirates have players play anywhere from 1-3 full games before returning. It appears that...

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First Pitch: Pirates Have a Good Opportunity to Take Over the NL Central
Jul11

First Pitch: Pirates Have a Good Opportunity to Take Over the NL Central

It hasn’t been a good day for the other NL Central contenders. A quick recap of the day’s events below: St. Louis Cardinals - Yadier Molina went down last night, and today it was announced that he would miss 8-12 weeks after having surgery on his thumb. That will put him out for most of the remainder of the season, if not all of it. Here is a feel for the impact that Molina provides for the Cardinals. Things are about to...

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Prospect Watch: Gems From Jason Creasy and Nick Kingham
Jul10

Prospect Watch: Gems From Jason Creasy and Nick Kingham

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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Pirates Call Up Jaff Decker, Option Brandon Cumpton
Jul10

Pirates Call Up Jaff Decker, Option Brandon Cumpton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up outfielder Jaff Decker and have optioned right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A. Cumpton started last night, but the Pirates won’t need a fifth starter until July 22nd, due to the All-Star break. If Gerrit Cole is able to return on that date, then he would fill out the rotation. If he’s not healthy by then, Cumpton would be eligible to return to the majors. Until that point,...

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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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