First Pitch: Five Hundred
Jun15

First Pitch: Five Hundred

On March 25th, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Vance Worley from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations. That was when the Pirates were counting on Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano to lead the rotation. It was when Wandy Rodriguez showed some promise by staying healthy and pitching fairly well in Spring Training. It was when many were projecting the Edinson Volquez experiment would end in failure. It was before Jameson Taillon...

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Prospect Watch: Reese McGuire Hits First Career Homer, Taylor Gushue Homers Again
Jun14

Prospect Watch: Reese McGuire Hits First Career Homer, Taylor Gushue Homers Again

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 (Casey Sadler #16). 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...

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Vance Worley to Start For the Pirates on Sunday
Jun14

Vance Worley to Start For the Pirates on Sunday

The Pittsburgh Pirates will bring up right-handed pitcher Vance Worley to start against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, according to Dan Zangrilli. As expected, the Pirates will bring up Vance Worley to start tomorrow against the Marlins. — Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) June 14, 2014 The move is expected, as Worley was removed from his previously scheduled start on Friday. That was partially due to the promotion of Nick Kingham,...

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Pirates Announce Nine Draft Signings, Including Four New Names
Jun14

Pirates Announce Nine Draft Signings, Including Four New Names

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced nine draft pick signings today. The list of the signings are as follows: Round 2. Mitch Keller, RHP Comp B. Trey Supak, RHP 7. Nelson Jorge, SS 13. Frank Duncan, RHP 14. Chase Simpson, 3B 17. Michael Clemens, RHP 21. Eric Thomas, CF 22. Eric Karch, RHP 36. Palmer Betts, RHP We knew about five of these names, including the top two picks, who received $1 M each. The guys we didn’t know about...

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Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Triple, Strikeout By Nick Kingham in AAA Debut
Jun14

Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Triple, Strikeout By Nick Kingham in AAA Debut

Alen Hanson hit his league-leading seventh triple on Friday night, driving in his 35th run of the season. He’s showing some power this year, with ten doubles and six homers, to go along with all those triples. Hanson has also been clutch with runners in scoring position, hitting .365 in 52 at-bats. He has hits in all nine June games Altoona has played, leading to a .342/.375/.500 slash line this month. Nick Kingham made his AAA...

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First Pitch: A Quick Review of Where the Pirates Stand With Draft Signings
Jun14

First Pitch: A Quick Review of Where the Pirates Stand With Draft Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a busy week signing draft picks. So far, they have agreed to deals with 21 players, officially announcing the signing of most of those players. The agreements include three of their first four picks, with all three prep players receiving seven figures. There are still players left to be signed, and still about a month to make that happen. At the rate the Pirates are currently signing players, they might...

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