Pirates Call Up Phil Irwin, Option Jeff Locke
May06

Pirates Call Up Phil Irwin, Option Jeff Locke

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin, and have optioned Jeff Locke to Triple-A. Irwin started the year in the Indianapolis rotation, but moved to the bullpen after struggling in two starts. In his last three outings, he has given up one run on seven hits in 9.1 innings, with an 8:2 K/BB ratio. Locke was up for a spot start yesterday, and was only expected to be in the majors for that one start. The...

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Prospect Highlights: Your Daily Alen Hanson Highlight
May06

Prospect Highlights: Your Daily Alen Hanson Highlight

With Indianapolis on the road, the highlights posted from them have been few and far between, so we have been relying on Altoona to keep us entertained and Alen Hanson has been doing a good job of it lately. Here he hits a two-run single from yesterday’s game, part of another multi-hit game that has become commonplace for him recently. He is hitting .308 in his last ten games and there is one interesting set of stats to note. I...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Starting Rotation Woes
May06

First Pitch: The Pirates Starting Rotation Woes

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates had an offense that was ranked in the lower half of the league. Despite this, they won 94 games in large part due to their pitching. They saw a ton of injuries to their starting staff throughout the season, but still maintained strong pitching thanks to their depth. Heading into this season, most of that pitching was returning. The Pirates were getting Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton...

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Prospect Watch: Four Hits For Gregory Polanco; Tyler Glasnow Shows Better Control
May06

Prospect Watch: Four Hits For Gregory Polanco; Tyler Glasnow Shows Better Control

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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Top Performers: JaCoby Jones Leads a Huge Week For West Virginia Hitters
May05

Top Performers: JaCoby Jones Leads a Huge Week For West Virginia Hitters

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 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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