Why You Shouldn’t Expect to See Josh Harrison as the Pirates Shortstop
May27

Why You Shouldn’t Expect to See Josh Harrison as the Pirates Shortstop

Last week I wrote about Josh Harrison, wondering where he would play when Gregory Polanco arrives in the majors. Harrison has been hitting well lately, and has found a regular spot in right field. Since the start of May, Harrison has a .878 OPS in 61 at-bats. Those are great numbers, although they represent a small sample size. To demonstrate the small sample size, his OPS dropped from .955 to the current .878 after going 0-for-5...

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First Pitch: What is Brandon Cumpton’s Upside?
May27

First Pitch: What is Brandon Cumpton’s Upside?

Brandon Cumpton made his first start in place of Wandy Rodriguez today, and he didn’t disappoint. The right-hander went six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits, with one walk and one strikeout. Cumpton now has a 3.38 ERA in his three starts this year, and a 2.55 ERA in 49.1 innings in his young major league career. The scouting reports say that Cumpton will be a back of the rotation starter. His advanced...

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Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Homers, Nick Kingham With a Strong Start
May26

Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Homers, Nick Kingham With a Strong Start

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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Could Local Prep Star Be an Early Round Draft Option For Pirates?
May26

Could Local Prep Star Be an Early Round Draft Option For Pirates?

Left-handed pitcher Brendan McKay from Blackhawk HS in Beaver Falls, PA has made quite a name for himself recently in the draft circuit, and he’s getting famous for what he hasn’t done. McKay hasn’t allowed a run in quite awhile, compiling a 69 inning scoreless streak, which covers this entire season and part of last year. He’s striking out batters at an incredible rate this season, with 101 in 45 innings....

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Top 10 Hitters: Everything is Coming Together For Mel Rojas
May26

Top 10 Hitters: Everything is Coming Together For Mel Rojas

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the top ten players from the last...

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Pirates Recall Brandon Cumpton, DFA Vin Mazzaro
May26

Pirates Recall Brandon Cumpton, DFA Vin Mazzaro

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis. Cumpton will make today’s start, and is expected to be a permanent member of the rotation going forward, for as long as he performs in the role. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Pirates have designated Vin Mazzaro for assignment. I wrote about Cumpton yesterday, noting that he has the opportunity to remain in the rotation...

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