Casey Sadler blames pitch utilization on recent slide
Jul27

Casey Sadler blames pitch utilization on recent slide

Despite posting a season ERA of 2.85 with Indianapolis, Casey Sadler has seen his share of struggles since returning from Pittsburgh in mid-June. In his past six starts, he has allowed at least seven hits in all of them. In addition, in the 36.1 innings over this stretch, he has allowed 18 runs. Prior to this, he allowed 18 runs in the 61.2 innings leading up to the promotion. With this struggle in mind, Sadler has two reasons for the...

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DSL Pirates Report: Two New Scouting Reports and an Injury Scare For a Top Prospect
Jul27

DSL Pirates Report: Two New Scouting Reports and an Injury Scare For a Top Prospect

The DSL Pirates had some injuries this week that left them short-handed and we found out that one player is done for the year. The first injury of note is the one to shortstop prospect Adrian Valerio, who twisted his knee during practice. Luckily for the Pirates, the injury turned out to be minor and he returned to action on Saturday. He missed three games in the middle of the week and ended up going 0-for-11, so it wasn’t a...

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First Pitch: Taking the John Buck Approach to Adding a Relief Pitcher
Jul27

First Pitch: Taking the John Buck Approach to Adding a Relief Pitcher

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates had a need for a starting right fielder. By the end of August, they made a deal for Marlon Byrd, sending Dilson Herrera and Vic Black to the New York Mets. In the same deal, they also got catcher John Buck, who they used as their backup the rest of the season. Buck wasn’t a very good backup catcher. He was replacement level, and was horrible at pitch framing. You can’t really say that the...

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Pirates Looking at Red Sox Relievers
Jul27

Pirates Looking at Red Sox Relievers

The list of relievers that the Pittsburgh Pirates are tracking continues to grow. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston says that the Pittsburgh Pirates are following Red Sox relievers. The Pirates have two scouts watching the Red Sox, and plan to scout them through the trade deadline. They had two scouts for the Jon Lester start the other night, which is a reminder that it’s always difficult to know the main focus for those scouts in...

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Prospect Watch: Kevin Krause Showing Power From the Catcher’s Position
Jul27

Prospect Watch: Kevin Krause Showing Power From the Catcher’s Position

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. 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 him will move up a spot....

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Minor Moves: Pirates Going the Stetson Allie Route With Hayden Hurst
Jul26

Minor Moves: Pirates Going the Stetson Allie Route With Hayden Hurst

Over the last two days, Hayden Hurst has been playing as the designated hitter in the GCL. This is significant, as Hurst was drafted as a pitcher and given an over-slot bonus in 2012. He was one of three guys who the Pirates turned to with their over-slot money after Mark Appel turned them down. The Pirates gave Hurst $400,000 as a 17th round pick. He was a power arm who sat 88-92 MPH and could touch 95 at times when drafted. He also...

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