Morning Report: Pirates Draft Picks Are in Control
Sep02

Morning Report: Pirates Draft Picks Are in Control

The Pittsburgh Pirates went heavy with college pitchers this year and they all seemed to have something in common, they could throw strikes. Some of the pitchers they drafted displayed exceptional control, especially the starters at Jamestown. Tyler Eppler, Montana DuRapau, Alex McRae and Frank Duncan led Jamestown in innings pitched, all pitching between 61 and 68.2 innings. They combined for a 199:46 K/BB ratio. The fifth starter...

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First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates’ Farm System in 2014
Sep02

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates’ Farm System in 2014

The 2014 minor league regular season wrapped up today. The only thing left in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system is in High-A, where the Bradenton Marauders will start their playoff series on Tuesday night. A minor league season is guaranteed to bring success stories, where players break out, or continue a positive development while moving up in the system. You’re also going to see players who take a step back, get injured, or...

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Prospect Watch: A Few 2014 Draft Picks Finish Strong on Final Day of the Season
Sep01

Prospect Watch: A Few 2014 Draft Picks Finish Strong on Final Day of the Season

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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Pirates Add John Holdzkom to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Chris McGuiness
Sep01

Pirates Add John Holdzkom to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Chris McGuiness

The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher John Holdzkom and have optioned him to Triple-A, per a team press release. The announcement said that the move happened last night, which means Holdzkom was added to the 40-man roster in time to qualify for the playoff roster. They had to option him to Indianapolis, since rosters hadn’t expanded yet when he was added. The optional assignment will be...

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Pirates Add Gerrit Cole, Tony Sanchez and Stolmy Pimentel to Active Roster
Sep01

Pirates Add Gerrit Cole, Tony Sanchez and Stolmy Pimentel to Active Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled catcher Tony Sanchez, starter Gerrit Cole and activated pitcher Stolmy Pimentel from the disabled list. With rosters expanding today, the Pirates added these three players for their game with the Cardinals, with more likely to come tomorrow after the Indianapolis season ends. The Indians play their last game this afternoon. Sanchez has been hitting well recently, collecting three hits in three of...

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Morning Report: Jhondaniel Medina Puts Together a Remarkable Run
Sep01

Morning Report: Jhondaniel Medina Puts Together a Remarkable Run

Bradenton reliever Jhondaniel Medina showed unbelievable consistency this season. In May, he had an 0.00 ERA in 10.1 innings over seven appearances. In June, he had an 0.00 ERA in 8.1 innings over six appearances. In July, he had an 0.00 ERA in 11.1 innings over seven appearances. In August, he had an 0.00 ERA in 10.2 innings over seven appearances. Basically, he went 123 straight days without allowing an earned run. That’s 27...

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