Morning Report: Highlights of Alen Hanson, Josh Bell, Austin Meadows and More From Friday
Sep27

Morning Report: Highlights of Alen Hanson, Josh Bell, Austin Meadows and More From Friday

Today’s morning report consists of highlights from Friday’s Fall Instructional League game. The Pittsburgh Pirates “defeated” the Phillies with a lineup that consisted of Alen Hanson, Austin Meadows and Josh Bell in the top three spots. Dario Agrazal Jr started the game and he was followed later by Shane Carle, Angel Sanchez, Jerry Mulderig and Jake Burnette. The other Pirates team played a road game against...

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First Pitch: There Will Be Playoff Baseball at PNC Park This October
Sep27

First Pitch: There Will Be Playoff Baseball at PNC Park This October

Since two of the three relevant playoff games were on the West Coast tonight, I decided to combine the playoff update with First Pitch. Well, that, and also due to the fact that I’ve been getting ready to leave to cover the playoffs, where hopefully I’ll be gone for more than just a week, and preferably a month. The Pirates got in a better situation for that to happen tonight. They beat the Reds, and the Giants lost to the...

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Charlie Morton Undergoes Hip Surgery
Sep26

Charlie Morton Undergoes Hip Surgery

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that pitcher Charlie Morton underwent surgery today to repair the labrum in his right hip. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, TN. The estimated recovery time for this particular procedure in 6-8 months, which puts Morton’s return if all goes well right around Opening Day, but the more likely return date would be a month or two into the season because he would be...

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What Are the Odds of the Pirates Winning the NL Central?
Sep26

What Are the Odds of the Pirates Winning the NL Central?

We’re entering the final weekend of MLB’s 2014 season, and there is one division race that appears to be open. Technically, the Detroit Tigers haven’t clinched the AL Central yet, although they’re two games up, and the projections don’t give the Royals much of a chance to win the division. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting a game back in the NL Central from the St. Louis Cardinals, which makes...

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Morning Report: West Virginia’s Prospect List is Second to None in the System
Sep26

Morning Report: West Virginia’s Prospect List is Second to None in the System

On Thursday afternoon, we posted the West Virginia Power season recap and top ten prospect list. This is the deepest prospect list we have seen among the five released so far. You can find links to the rest of the recaps/lists below in the Today’s Schedule section. If you followed the lower levels, you’ll know that the lists for Bristol and Jamestown are rather weak and while the GCL has some potential, it doesn’t...

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First Pitch: Francisco Liriano is the Easy Choice For the Wild Card Game
Sep26

First Pitch: Francisco Liriano is the Easy Choice For the Wild Card Game

Last year when the Pittsburgh Pirates were in the Wild Card game, there was some debate over who should start that game. The debate was warranted in 2013. Francisco Liriano was looking like a top of the rotation pitcher all year, but so were A.J. Burnett and Gerrit Cole by the end of the season. Still, it wasn’t hard to see that Liriano was the best of the bunch, and the best pitcher to get the start. This time around there are...

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