AFL: Joely Rodriguez Takes On Mark Appel
Oct31

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Takes On Mark Appel

Scottsdale took on first place Salt River on Friday afternoon with Joely Rodriguez on the mound going up against Mark Appel, the Pittsburgh Pirates first round draft pick from 2012, who decided not to sign and returned to Stanford for his senior season. Rodriguez was named the Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday and coming into the game, he had a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings, with 13 strikeouts and a .234 BAA. Rodriguez has...

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Winter Leagues: Two More Leagues Start With a Handful of Pirates on the Rosters
Oct31

Winter Leagues: Two More Leagues Start With a Handful of Pirates on the Rosters

There are two days of winter ball action summarized below. The Australian Baseball League started on Thursday, but there weren’t any Pittsburgh Pirates players in action. So far, only Sam Kennelly and Nick Hutchings are slated to play in Australia. The league in Puerto Rico started Thursday night as well. The rosters that have been announced so far have three Pirates minor league players, Yhonathan Barrios, Bryton Trepagnier and...

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First Pitch: The One Thing Standing Between Tyler Glasnow and the Top of a Rotation
Oct31

First Pitch: The One Thing Standing Between Tyler Glasnow and the Top of a Rotation

Free agency began today, with four Pittsburgh Pirates — Russell Martin, Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and Clint Barmes — officially filing as free agents. Martin is going to be a huge focus, although the other big focus will be on starting pitching. The Pirates will most likely need to add two starting pitchers from the outside, adding to their internal options of Gerrit Cole, Vance Worley, Charlie Morton, Jeff...

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2014-2015 Off Season Primer
Oct30

2014-2015 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end last night, the 2014/2015 off-season officially begins today.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics. 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The deadline this year is on Monday.  The Pittsburgh Pirates had Charlie Morton on the 60-day disabled list,...

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First Pitch: Your 2017 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs?
Oct30

First Pitch: Your 2017 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs?

The NL Central is turning into a difficult division. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been contenders for the last two seasons, and have one of the top farm systems in the game, with some of their best prospects coming up in the next two years. The St. Louis Cardinals are routinely at the top of the standings. But perhaps the biggest threat might be coming from the Cubs. Today it was rumored that the Cubs had hired Joe Maddon as their next...

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AFL:  Scouting Reports and Video For Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell
Oct29

AFL: Scouting Reports and Video For Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell

It was a relatively quiet day for Pittsburgh Pirates players in the Arizona Fall League. Scottsdale didn’t have a single Pirate in their lineup and after Thomas Harlan pitched yesterday, that meant there was still another day before Tyler Glasnow and Joely Rodriguez(Friday) would get their starts. Earlier in the day, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo posted a video about the Pirates in the AFL, focusing their attention on the play of...

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