First Pitch: Pirates Starting Entrance Interviews This Week, But What Are They?
Feb17

First Pitch: Pirates Starting Entrance Interviews This Week, But What Are They?

Each year during Spring Training there is a player that exceeds expectations, yet doesn’t win a roster spot. Perhaps it’s a top prospect who gets a shot, looks good in a few appearances, then is sent down to the minors. It could be a non-roster invitee who plays well, but has no chance of beating out the projected starter, even if that starter isn’t having a good Spring. There are often complaints and theories about...

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First Look at Pirates’ Taiwanese Left-Hander Yao-Hsun Yang (Video)
Feb16

First Look at Pirates’ Taiwanese Left-Hander Yao-Hsun Yang (Video)

Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates signed left-handed pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang (pronounced Young) to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. I talked with Yang through a translator yesterday afternoon to learn a bit more about his pitches and his decision to come to the US. “I had been playing in Japan for several years, and right now I want to go for a higher level, so I came here,” Yang said. He had suffered...

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See Why Joely Rodriguez Was Added to the 40-Man Roster (Video)
Feb16

See Why Joely Rodriguez Was Added to the 40-Man Roster (Video)

Joely Rodriguez has some nice stuff for a left-hander. He throws his fastball in the 91-94 MPH range, and hit 96 MPH last year. His changeup has shown some improvements, with late, sharp tailing action. His slider has some good break, and is a weapon to shut down left-handers. Rodriguez has good movement on all of his pitches, as seen in the video. The Pirates added him to the 40-man roster this off-season to protect him from the Rule...

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The Pirates 2014 Focus: Improving the Consistency of the Offense
Feb16

The Pirates 2014 Focus: Improving the Consistency of the Offense

It seems that every Spring Training the last few years has had a theme. Last year the focus was on controlling the running game, which came a season after teams were stealing bases at-will on the Pirates. The year before the focus was the importance of pitching inside. The Pirates did a better job with each improvement, especially with their focus on catching runners last year. Russell Martin was brought in for his defense, and ended...

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Week In Review: Spring Training and 2014 Draft Coverage Begin
Feb16

Week In Review: Spring Training and 2014 Draft Coverage Begin

The Pirates started Spring Training this week, with workouts beginning on Thursday. For all of the Spring Training coverage, both now and throughout the pre-season, check out our Spring Training page. We started the week with previews of all four position groups: The Infield, The Outfield, The Rotation, and The Bullpen. One of the big question marks has been first base. The Pirates don’t have a guarantee with Andrew Lambo, but...

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Draft Prospect Watch: Two Triples And A Homer For J.D. Davis
Feb15

Draft Prospect Watch: Two Triples And A Homer For J.D. Davis

On Saturday night in college baseball, we take a look at some of the top hitters as they get their season started. From now until the 2014 amateur draft, which begins on June 5th, we will follow the players that look like they could end up in the Pittsburgh Pirates range when they make their first selection with the 25th overall pick. Yesterday, we took a look at FSU starter Luke Weaver and some other potential first round picks that...

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