First Pitch: The Lack of Moves Isn’t the Big Problem It’s Made Out to Be
Sep05

First Pitch: The Lack of Moves Isn’t the Big Problem It’s Made Out to Be

The Pittsburgh Pirates did nothing to upgrade their team this year. That’s the reason they’re not currently in line for the playoffs, and why they might not make the playoffs. Or at least that’s what I’ve been hearing. I heard it during the off-season, when it was said that they weren’t going to be contenders this year because they didn’t make any additions to the team. It was repeated constantly...

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Josh Bell is the Pirates Prospects 2014 Minor League Player of the Year
Sep04

Josh Bell is the Pirates Prospects 2014 Minor League Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates had several top candidates for the 2014 Minor League Player of the Year award. The race ultimately came down to three players, with Josh Bell, JaCoby Jones, and Keon Broxton putting up the best numbers out of all of the full-season players. In the end, Bell was chosen as the Pirates Prospects 2014 Minor League Player of the Year, making this the fourth year in a row that an outfielder has won the award. The...

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Tyler Glasnow is the Pirates Prospects 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year
Sep04

Tyler Glasnow is the Pirates Prospects 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year

For the second year in a row, Tyler Glasnow has been named the Pirates Prospects Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Glasnow won last year after dominating the South Atlantic League with a 2.18 ERA and a 164:61 K/BB ratio in 111.1 innings. His numbers didn’t see much of a drop in his move up to High-A this year, with a 1.74 ERA in 124.1 innings, along with a 157:57 K/BB ratio. Glasnow saw a slight decline in his strikeout rate,...

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Morning Report: Jose Osuna Quietly Had a Strong Second Half
Sep04

Morning Report: Jose Osuna Quietly Had a Strong Second Half

Back in 2012, I got to see the West Virginia Power play two series in Lakewood, giving me a first chance to see Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. I also got a chance to see a 19-year-old first baseman with a sweet line drive stroke from the right side. Jose Osuna had some strong games during the seven games he played in Lakewood, collecting hits in six of those games. He hit a homer and three doubles, showing some pop in his bat. Those...

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First Pitch: Did the Pirates Just Lose the Playoffs?
Sep04

First Pitch: Did the Pirates Just Lose the Playoffs?

It was only two weeks ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates were sitting seven games out of first place in the NL Central, fresh off a seven game losing streak. The streak came against contenders like the Detroit Tigers, the Washington Nationals, and the Atlanta Braves. It looked like their chances of winning the division were gone. Then they bounced back by going 7-2 in their next nine games, pulling to within two games of first place. And...

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A Good Sign in Jameson Taillon’s Tommy John Rehab
Sep03

A Good Sign in Jameson Taillon’s Tommy John Rehab

Jameson Taillon has been recovering from Tommy John surgery this year, after undergoing the procedure at the start of April. The typical timeline for recovery is four months of rest before a pitcher can resume throwing. Taillon resumed throwing about a month ago. Today he posted an update to Instagram, showing that he had moved his throwing to 75 feet. I’ve mentioned before that Taillon could possibly be ready for the start of...

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