Prospect Highlights: Polanco Crushes a HR, McGuire Shows Off a Cannon
Apr07

Prospect Highlights: Polanco Crushes a HR, McGuire Shows Off a Cannon

All of the scheduled minor league games tonight were rained out, which means there is no Prospect Watch. In it’s place, here are a few videos from the weekend, highlighting some top plays by guys like Gregory Polanco, Reese McGuire, and more. Gregory Polanco crushed a home run in Sunday’s game against Columbus. Earlier in the weekend series, Polanco reached on an infield hit to second. The second baseman didn’t field...

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Tony Sanchez, Chris Stewart, and the Depth vs Best 25 Debate
Apr07

Tony Sanchez, Chris Stewart, and the Depth vs Best 25 Debate

Yesterday there were two events that took place which will raise controversy in the next week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. At the minor league level, Chris Stewart started his rehab work, catching five innings for the Bradenton Marauders. At the Major League level, Tony Sanchez delivered the winning hit against the St. Louis Cardinals — a two out, RBI double in the bottom of the 7th inning. It was the second game winner in the...

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First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them
Apr07

First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them

Once upon a time, it seemed like every top pitching prospect the Pittsburgh Pirates had would go down with a major injury. Bobby Bradley, Kris Benson, Sean Burnett, Bryan Bullington, John Van Benschoten, and plenty of others were plagued by injuries. Some of those injuries were career altering. But over the last several years, that trend has disappeared. Under Neal Huntington, the Pirates have been extremely cautious with their...

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Week In Review: Who Needs to Step Up With Jameson Taillon Out?
Apr06

Week In Review: Who Needs to Step Up With Jameson Taillon Out?

At the start of the week, Jameson Taillon received his second opinion on his injured right elbow. After the opinion the Pirates and Taillon were quiet as the Pirates decided the next step. Today we learned that Taillon will have Tommy John surgery. Taillon was expected to arrive in Pittsburgh this year by mid-season, with the hope that he’d do his best Gerrit Cole impression and look like an ace by the end of the 2014 season....

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Looking at the Pirates Pitching Depth With Jameson Taillon Out For the Year
Apr06

Looking at the Pirates Pitching Depth With Jameson Taillon Out For the Year

Depth was a big reason why the Pittsburgh Pirates had a strong rotation in 2013. They had a lot of injuries, but it seemed like every time they had an injury come up, they had a Major League ready pitcher to step into the rotation and take over. One of the biggest boosts last year was Gerrit Cole, who was pitching like an ace by the end of the year. The hope was that Jameson Taillon would arrive by mid-season 2014 and do the same...

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Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery
Apr06

Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery

Jameson Taillon has been diagnosed with an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and will elect to have Tommy John surgery, the team has announced. I first reported Taillon was shut down a few weeks ago with what he described as “a little bit of elbow discomfort”. The initial MRI he received said the ligament was strong, which suggested the injury could be something in the form of bone chips in his...

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