AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014
Oct03

AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014

Left-handed Pitcher Tom Harlan spent the first year and a half of his minor league career as a reliever, and was extremely efficient. At Low A West Virginia in 2013, Harlan had a 2.27 ERA in 74 innings to go along with an impressive 74/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2014, 24-year-old Harlan continued his success out of the bullpen in High A Bradenton, posting a 2.49 ERA with a 41/9 k/bb rate in 50.2 innings pitched. This success...

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First Pitch: Why You Should Now Cheer For the Royals as a Pirates Fan
Oct03

First Pitch: Why You Should Now Cheer For the Royals as a Pirates Fan

I started working on a Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 season recap today, but truthfully I need a few days to digest the end of the season before I get started on that. I was also going to be on the road for most of today, and didn’t want to rush through the article. So I’m hoping to have my thoughts on the season on Sunday, along with an early off-season look. For now, a simple question: With the Pirates out, who are you pulling...

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Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows Make Baseball America’s Top 20 SAL Prospect List
Oct02

Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows Make Baseball America’s Top 20 SAL Prospect List

Baseball America has released their top 20 list for the South Atlantic League and two Pittsburgh Pirates players made the cut. They ranked catcher Reese McGuire fifth overall and center fielder Austin Meadows was one spot behind him. The two were ranked 1/2 in our West Virginia Power top ten list, with Meadows ranked higher due to his advanced bat and overall game. McGuire has advanced defense at an important position, but his .642...

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First Pitch: No One to Blame For Pirates’ Wild Card Game Loss
Oct02

First Pitch: No One to Blame For Pirates’ Wild Card Game Loss

Heading into the Wild Card game, there was a lot of debate about whether the Pittsburgh Pirates should have held Gerrit Cole back on Sunday, yielded the division to the St. Louis Cardinals, and saved Cole for the Giants. Cole ended up dominating, but the Pirates lost. Things didn’t go well tonight for Edinson Volquez tonight, and anyone saying Cole should have been the starter is definitely on the right side of things. Clint...

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The Single Good Moment From Tonight’s Wild Card Game Loss
Oct02

The Single Good Moment From Tonight’s Wild Card Game Loss

There weren’t many good moments in tonight’s 8-0 Wild Card Game loss by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, you could argue that after the pre-game excitement, there was only one good moment. That came in the ninth inning, during Russell Martin’s final at-bat. The game was easily decided by this point, which meant Martin was coming to the plate possibly for the last time as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The...

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Pirates Eliminated from Playoffs in 8-0 Loss to the Giants
Oct02

Pirates Eliminated from Playoffs in 8-0 Loss to the Giants

For the entirety of Edinson Volquez’s career, he’s walked the tightrope, teeter-totterring between success and failure. For the majority of it, he’s fallen under the former category, a trend he broke this season. Today, he reverted back to his old self, serving up a fatal grand slam to Brandon Crawford in the 4th, as the San Francisco Giants shutout the Pirates 8-0, eliminating them from the playoffs. After setting the Giants down in...

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