MLB Discussing the Possibility of Moving the Draft to July 1st in the Future
Jan21

MLB Discussing the Possibility of Moving the Draft to July 1st in the Future

Peter Gammons had some interesting information on the future of the MLB draft today, saying that MLB officials and NCAA coaches met on Monday and came to a general agreement to move the draft date to July 1st. NCAA Coaches and MLB officials met Monday, general agreement on a July 1 draft and July 15 signing deadline — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) January 21, 2015 The move would be aimed at putting the draft after the College World...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #13 – John Holdzkom
Jan21

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #13 – John Holdzkom

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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First Pitch: How Cal Ripken Almost Killed Me, and Maybe Put a Few Baseball Players at Risk Too
Jan21

First Pitch: How Cal Ripken Almost Killed Me, and Maybe Put a Few Baseball Players at Risk Too

I grew up an Orioles fan, and for one reason: Cal Ripken Jr. Well, technically two reasons. While my dad was from Pittsburgh, my mom was from Baltimore. I don’t know why I picked the Penguins and Steelers as my favorite teams, but went with the Orioles. The Ravens weren’t around then, so I didn’t have a choice for a football team. I don’t think I would have picked the Ravens as my favorite football team. I have...

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Jung Ho Kang Contract Details Include $750,000 in Potential Annual Performance Bonuses
Jan20

Jung Ho Kang Contract Details Include $750,000 in Potential Annual Performance Bonuses

Yahoo Sports and the Associated Press has information on Jung Ho Kang’s salary breakdown and bonus structure. Kang signed a four-year, $11 M deal last Friday with the Pittsburgh Pirates, including a $5.5 M option for the 2019 season and a $250,000 buyout on that option. Kang will receive $2.5 M per year in 2015 and 2016. He will receive $2.75 M in 2017 and $3 M in 2018. As for the performance bonuses, he could earn those based...

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Pirates 2014 First Round Pick Cole Tucker Had Surgery to Repair a Torn UCL in His Hand
Jan20

Pirates 2014 First Round Pick Cole Tucker Had Surgery to Repair a Torn UCL in His Hand

Last July, Cole Tucker went down with a thumb injury in his 11th professional game. A day after the injury happened, I talked to Tucker, who described it as a minor thumb injury, and a minor sprain to his UCL. He suffered the injury after going for a ball up the middle, slipping on the wet field, and bending his thumb back on his glove hand while trying to brace himself. Three days later, after icing the thumb and wearing a splint, he...

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Jameson Taillon Throws His First Bullpen Since Tommy John Surgery (With Video)
Jan20

Jameson Taillon Throws His First Bullpen Since Tommy John Surgery (With Video)

Today at Pirate City, Jameson Taillon threw his first bullpen session since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. The right-hander threw 15 pitches, all fastballs, in the start of what will be about three or four weeks of him building up in bullpens for the season. Taillon said he felt good after the session. “I didn’t want to make too much of a big deal out of it, because it was my first one,” Taillon said....

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