Morning Report: Jose Osuna Quietly Had a Strong Second Half
Sep04

Morning Report: Jose Osuna Quietly Had a Strong Second Half

Back in 2012, I got to see the West Virginia Power play two series in Lakewood, giving me a first chance to see Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. I also got a chance to see a 19-year-old first baseman with a sweet line drive stroke from the right side. Jose Osuna had some strong games during the seven games he played in Lakewood, collecting hits in six of those games. He hit a homer and three doubles, showing some pop in his bat. Those...

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First Pitch: Did the Pirates Just Lose the Playoffs?
Sep04

First Pitch: Did the Pirates Just Lose the Playoffs?

It was only two weeks ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates were sitting seven games out of first place in the NL Central, fresh off a seven game losing streak. The streak came against contenders like the Detroit Tigers, the Washington Nationals, and the Atlanta Braves. It looked like their chances of winning the division were gone. Then they bounced back by going 7-2 in their next nine games, pulling to within two games of first place. And...

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A Good Sign in Jameson Taillon’s Tommy John Rehab
Sep03

A Good Sign in Jameson Taillon’s Tommy John Rehab

Jameson Taillon has been recovering from Tommy John surgery this year, after undergoing the procedure at the start of April. The typical timeline for recovery is four months of rest before a pitcher can resume throwing. Taillon resumed throwing about a month ago. Today he posted an update to Instagram, showing that he had moved his throwing to 75 feet. I’ve mentioned before that Taillon could possibly be ready for the start of...

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Josh Harrison Named NL Player of the Month for August
Sep03

Josh Harrison Named NL Player of the Month for August

Josh Harrison has been named the National League Player of the Month for the month of August. Harrison hit for a .347/.374/.602 line during the month, giving him the fifth best average in the league, and the best slugging percentage. Harrison also ranked second in OPS at .976, falling only behind Giancarlo Stanton’s .998 OPS. Harrison is having a great season, and he has been on fire for the second half. His second half line is...

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Morning Report: A New Focus For the 2014 Draft Picks
Sep03

Morning Report: A New Focus For the 2014 Draft Picks

Yesterday we focused on the excellent control shown by all 14 college pitchers that the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted. On the offensive side, it looks like they focused on some hitters that could take walks. Jamestown had four batters in the top 21 in the league in walks, while the only college hitter from the 2014 draft on Bristol(Jerrick Suiter) finished second in the league in walks. Jamestown had catcher Taylor Gushue and outfielder...

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First Pitch: Beyond the Numbers – A Key Focus For Tyler Glasnow’s Development
Sep03

First Pitch: Beyond the Numbers – A Key Focus For Tyler Glasnow’s Development

Tyler Glasnow has put up some amazing numbers this season. He had a 1.74 ERA in 124.1 innings for the Bradenton Marauders, with a 157:57 K/BB ratio. Since the start of June, he’s put up a 1.47 ERA in 91.2 innings, with a 120:35 K/BB ratio. From a statistical standpoint, there was no reason to keep him in Bradenton during the month of August. Yet the opportunity to make a playoff start in Bradenton, as opposed to playing...

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