Starling Marte Clears Concussive Tests
Jun25

Starling Marte Clears Concussive Tests

Clint Hurdle met with the media today, and said that Pittsburgh Pirates left-fielder Starling Marte had cleared the concussive tests this morning. Marte was injured last night after taking a knee to the head sliding into second base. “We’re going to give him a day to slow down,” Hurdle said. Marte is out of the lineup today, and Hurdle said that he won’t play at all, even as a replacement. His eventual return...

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First Pitch: The 2014 Version of Jeff Locke Looks Like the Real Deal
Jun25

First Pitch: The 2014 Version of Jeff Locke Looks Like the Real Deal

Last year Jeff Locke was an All-Star in the first half. His 2.15 ERA looked like the numbers of a top of the rotation pitcher. And none of it would last. We threw around the word “regression” last year, talking about how Locke wouldn’t continue pitching the way he was pitching. He had a 3.80 FIP and a 4.21 xFIP in the first half, which suggested the strong ERA wouldn’t last. It didn’t, although Locke went...

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Prospect Watch: Glasnow and Kingham Dominate Again
Jun24

Prospect Watch: Glasnow and Kingham Dominate Again

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Pirates Outright Jose Tabata to Triple-A, With Comments From Clint Hurdle
Jun24

Pirates Outright Jose Tabata to Triple-A, With Comments From Clint Hurdle

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Neil Walker from the 15-day disabled list. To make room, they have outrighted Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis. It’s unclear whether the Pirates had to put Tabata through waivers before outrighting him, but the move means he’s not on the 40-man roster. The Pirates still owe him his full salary amount, which is the remainder of his $3 M this year, along with $8.5 M the next two...

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Cole Tucker Drew First Round Consideration From at Least Five Teams on Draft Day
Jun24

Cole Tucker Drew First Round Consideration From at Least Five Teams on Draft Day

When the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Cole Tucker with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 draft, it came as a surprise. Tucker wasn’t connected to the Pirates at all leading into the draft. He wasn’t ranked as a guy who could go in the first round. If there’s one person who wasn’t surprised, it was Tucker. “I knew going into the day that I was going to go somewhere in the top 30-40 picks,” Tucker...

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First Pitch: Don’t Look Now, But the Pirates Have an Offense
Jun24

First Pitch: Don’t Look Now, But the Pirates Have an Offense

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates won because of their pitching. The pitching staff as a whole combined for a 3.58 xFIP, which tied the Atlanta Braves for third in the majors, and second in the NL. The offense was middle of the pack, by advanced metrics, with the Pirates ranking 13th in baseball with a 98 wRC+. The actual results under-performed the advanced metrics, leading to the Pirates finishing in the bottom third in runs scored....

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