Pirates Recall Jeff Locke, Option Casey Sadler
May05

Pirates Recall Jeff Locke, Option Casey Sadler

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled Jeff Locke from Triple-A to make tonight’s start, and have optioned Casey Sadler to Indianapolis. It’s not a surprise that Sadler was optioned to Indianapolis. He just threw two innings in relief yesterday, and his best value to the Pirates is as starting depth. The last start he made was April 22nd, so he should go down and get stretched back out as a starter if the Pirates need him in...

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Top Performers: Another Pirates 2011 Draft Pick is Stepping Up
May05

Top Performers: Another Pirates 2011 Draft Pick is Stepping Up

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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Jeff Locke looks to rebound career
May05

Jeff Locke looks to rebound career

The story of Jeff Locke from 2013 all-star to minor leaguer in less than a year is well-known. However, Locke is getting an opportunity to rebound, as he will start for the Pirates tonight as they open a series against the Giants. While Locke’s ERA is over five in his four starts at Indianapolis, some of this is due to tough luck. In his first two starts, Locke allowed all of his runs by way of the long ball. In that time, he struck...

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Week In Review: OBP, Players of the Month, 2014 Draft Prospects
May05

Week In Review: OBP, Players of the Month, 2014 Draft Prospects

The Pirates got a little bit of a break this week due to a few rain delays. They ended up going 2-3 in the short week, winning two games in comeback fashion over the weekend. At the start of the week they had fallen so much that they were no longer projected as playoff contenders. Nate Barnes wrote this week about how the Pirates are looking to improve the offense by emphasizing On-Base Percentage. Nate also looked specifically at how...

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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Homers Again, Jason Creasy Pitches a Gem
May05

Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Homers Again, Jason Creasy Pitches a Gem

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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The Pirates Won’t Need a Regular Fifth Starter Until May 24th
May04

The Pirates Won’t Need a Regular Fifth Starter Until May 24th

When the Pittsburgh Pirates sent down Brandon Cumpton yesterday, I was a bit surprised. Cumpton has pitched well in both of his starts this season, along with his time in Triple-A, and his time in the majors last year. There seemed to be no reason to send him down. Then I took a look at the schedule, and realized that the Pirates could get by with four starters for most of the month of May. I don’t know if this is why Cumpton...

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