Prospect Highlights: Double From Gregory Polanco, Home Run By Stetson Allie
May18

Prospect Highlights: Double From Gregory Polanco, Home Run By Stetson Allie

In yesterday’s 6-5 loss to Gwinnett, Gregory Polanco continued his incredible season, collecting three hits, including the double in the video below. Polanco has proven he can hit in any situation. He has a .396 average vs right-handed pitchers and the same .396 mark in road games. He’s hitting .373 against lefties and .380 at home. With runners on base, he is hitting .455, but if you put those runners in scoring position,...

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First Pitch: Shifting Has Become Very Common in Baseball
May18

First Pitch: Shifting Has Become Very Common in Baseball

Earlier today, I was sent a link from Twitter follower Jonathan Holbert, talking about how baseball’s defensive shifts continue to grow. I thought the article was an interesting read for multiple reasons. First, as you know, we’ve been tracking the Pirates’ usage of defensive shifts a lot on this site. So that’s always a topic I’m watching for. It seems that other teams took notice to the success the...

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Prospect Watch: Three Hits Each For Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco
May18

Prospect Watch: Three Hits Each For Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Brandon Cumpton to be the 26th Man, Nevin Ashley Could Come Up
May17

Brandon Cumpton to be the 26th Man, Nevin Ashley Could Come Up

Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan has a few updates tonight on who could be called up for tomorrow’s double-header. First, Zangrilli says that Brandon Cumpton will be the 26th man. Pirates will also bring up Brandon Cumpton as 26th man. — Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) May 18, 2014 The scheduled starters are Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole, so Cumpton would probably just serve as an extra arm out of the bullpen. He was...

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Russell Martin Expects to Return From the DL on Wednesday
May17

Russell Martin Expects to Return From the DL on Wednesday

I missed this earlier today, but Ken Rosenthal had Russell Martin on the radio this afternoon, and Martin said that he expects to return from the disabled list on Wednesday. Russell Martin currently on @FOXSports1 broadcast. Told me ideally he will return on Wednesday. Still must serve one-game suspension. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 17, 2014 Martin still has a one game suspension to serve when he returns, which he...

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Prospect Reports: Phil Irwin Getting Back the Feel For His Pitches
May17

Prospect Reports: Phil Irwin Getting Back the Feel For His Pitches

April was a month to forget for Phil Irwin. In the month, Irwin had an 11.57 ERA in 14 innings, with 20 hits allowed. “When you take a year off from surgery and don’t get as many innings in the spring as you want, I was just struggling to find the timing on my delivery,” Irwin said. “I just did not get the feeling of comfort on the mound early in the season. It obviously resulted in a bad April.” However, Irwin turned it around in...

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