Morning Report: Stetson Allie Offers a Rare Combo of Power and Plate Patience
Sep13

Morning Report: Stetson Allie Offers a Rare Combo of Power and Plate Patience

It’s always fun to look back on historic stats to find comparisons for current players in the minor league system. We did it last week with Willy Garcia to show how rare it is for a batter with a low walk rate and high strikeout rate to make an impact in the majors. We also did it for Alen Hanson, to show how rare it is for someone to have his combination of power and speed. Today we take a look at the last two seasons from...

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First Pitch: So This is What the Other Side of The Collapse Looks Like
Sep13

First Pitch: So This is What the Other Side of The Collapse Looks Like

Pittsburgh Pirates fans are familiar with a second half collapse. The 2011 team was contending in July, thanks mostly to a weak division. That team wasn’t really a strong contender, and ended up fading down the stretch. The 2012 team was much better than the 2011 team, which made the second half collapse even worse. We may be seeing The Collapse from the other side of the equation this year. At the end of June, the Milwaukee...

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Pirates’ Offense Continues to Lead the Way
Sep13

Pirates’ Offense Continues to Lead the Way

The Pirates weren’t crushing the ball in tonight’s game against the Cubs. Despite opposing starter Tsuyoshi Wada leaving his high 80s fastball over the plate several times, the Pirates didn’t bash numerous extra base hits. Yet, with a single here, a blooper there, and a few extra base hits mixed in, the Pirates put seven runs and 14 hits on the board, winning the game 7-3. It wasn’t anything spectacular; not an offensive showcase to...

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John Holdzkom Quickly Earns Clint Hurdle’s Trust in the Late Innings
Sep12

John Holdzkom Quickly Earns Clint Hurdle’s Trust in the Late Innings

It’s no coincidence that Clint Hurdle has put tremendous faith in John Holdzkom after only pitching 27.2 innings in the Pirates’ minor leagues. Hurdle trusts the reports he gets from the Indianapolis Indians’ manager, Dean Treanor, and pitching coach, Tom Filer, and their word was enough for Hurdle to throw Holdzkom quickly into the mix. “Going in, I was looking for things from Holdzkom based on the reports I’ve gotten from Dean and...

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Playoff Odds: Pirates Getting Hot at the Right Time
Sep12

Playoff Odds: Pirates Getting Hot at the Right Time

The past week went about as good as you could hope for when it comes to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ playoff chances. The Pirates went 6-1 against the Cubs and Phillies. Meanwhile, the Braves went 2-4, the Brewers went 3-4, and the Cardinals went 3-4, including going 1-3 against the Reds. As a result, the Pirates enter the weekend with a 1.5 game lead in the second Wild Card spot, and sit 2.5 games back in the NL Central. The playoff...

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Morning Report: What Happens When You Get Drafted by a Winter League Team?
Sep12

Morning Report: What Happens When You Get Drafted by a Winter League Team?

There has been a lot of recent news from the winter leagues, so today’s Morning Report is a recap of what’s been going on, along with expanding on the article covering the Dominican Winter League draft from yesterday. Last weekend we took a look at all of the Pirates players on the Mexican Pacific League roster of the Mazatlan Deer, and what we could expect from those players in winter ball. The situation with the...

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