Pirates Losing Scout and Former Pitching Coach Mike Steele
Aug19

Pirates Losing Scout and Former Pitching Coach Mike Steele

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be losing Mike Steele, a scout that played a big role in the drafting of 2014 first round pick Cole Tucker. Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game reports that Steele will be going to Long Beach State University to be an assistant coach. .@LBDirtbags will officially announce the addition of @Pirates four-corners scout Mike Steele as assistant coach later today. #BigWest #LBSU — Kendall Rogers...

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Andrew McCutchen Activated From the DL, Michael Martinez Optioned to AAA
Aug19

Andrew McCutchen Activated From the DL, Michael Martinez Optioned to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, they have optioned Michael Martinez to Indianapolis. Today was the first day that McCutchen was eligible to come off the disabled list, and it was expected over the last two days that he would be activated tonight. He is in the lineup, batting third and playing center field. As an added bonus, Jordy Mercer is back in the...

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Top 10 Pitchers: Glasnow Leads Amazing Week; Heredia Might Be Turning Things Around
Aug19

Top 10 Pitchers: Glasnow Leads Amazing Week; Heredia Might Be Turning Things Around

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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The Pirates Bench Shows the Real Problem With This Team, and It’s Not the Bench
Aug19

The Pirates Bench Shows the Real Problem With This Team, and It’s Not the Bench

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a horrible bench right now. That includes Michael Martinez, Brent Morel, and Jayson Nix. Morel has a .372 OPS, Nix has a .284 OPS, and Martinez has a .363 OPS. Some of those guys have even been getting starts, due to various struggles and injuries the Pirates have seen. The Pirates have had some problems lately, leading to a 7-10 record in August, and a recent six game losing streak. The bench illustrates...

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Morning Report: A Trio of Struggling Projectable Righties
Aug19

Morning Report: A Trio of Struggling Projectable Righties

All day Monday, we talked about Tyler Glasnow, who was once a highly projectable right-hander. He threw seven shutout innings Sunday night(see video below), talked about remaining at Bradenton for the rest of the year and was named the FSL Pitcher of the Week for the second week in a row. At one time, he was just a tall righty that the Pirates drafted high and gave a large bonus. The Pirates have drafted plenty of pitchers in the same...

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First Pitch: Should Pedro Alvarez Be Starting Over Ike Davis at First Base?
Aug19

First Pitch: Should Pedro Alvarez Be Starting Over Ike Davis at First Base?

Pedro Alvarez has been making the transition to first base in the last few weeks, after a season full of throwing problems at the third base position. Alvarez made his debut tonight at first, batting fifth against right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana. The move puts Ike Davis on the bench, with Davis previously representing the left-handed half of the first base platoon. The first base platoon hasn’t been the most productive pair...

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