First Pitch: Revisiting the Wandy Rodriguez Trade
May24

First Pitch: Revisiting the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment. Coincidentally, one day later, Rudy Owens made his Major League debut for the Houston Astros. Owens didn’t fare well, giving up five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work. But the end of Rodriguez’s tenure in Pittsburgh, and the debut of Owens give us a good chance to revisit the July 2012 trade. The Pirates sent Owens, Robbie Grossman, and...

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Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Hits Sixth Homer; Reese McGuire Continues Streak
May23

Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Hits Sixth Homer; Reese McGuire Continues Streak

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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New Mock Draft From Jim Callis Has Pirates Going For Toolsy Prep Outfielder
May23

New Mock Draft From Jim Callis Has Pirates Going For Toolsy Prep Outfielder

Jim Callis just released his newest mock draft on MLB.com and he has the Pittsburgh Pirates taking prep outfielder Monte Harrison. Last week, Harrison was the choice from Baseball America. Harrison is a three-sport star, who may have the highest ceiling of any position player in this draft class, but he also comes with some risks since he hasn’t concentrated on baseball only. He offers strong defense, a cannon for an arm, good...

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Jason Grilli Activated From DL, Tony Sanchez Optioned to Indianapolis
May23

Jason Grilli Activated From DL, Tony Sanchez Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated closer Jason Grilli from the disabled list and catcher Tony Sanchez has been optioned to Indianapolis. This move was expected to happen today and with Russell Martin coming off the disabled list yesterday, Sanchez will return to AAA to play everyday. Martin had to serve a one game suspension before he could return to action. Grilli has been on the disabled since April 26th with a left oblique...

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Third Mock Draft From Baseball America, Same as the First For Pirates
May23

Third Mock Draft From Baseball America, Same as the First For Pirates

Baseball America released their third mock draft on Friday morning and they have Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber going to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s a familiar name from BA, but not who they had in their last mock draft for the Pirates. They had prep outfielder Monte Harrison(see more below), who they now moved up to the 16th spot. Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a homer, walk and stolen base yesterday. The homer was his 11th of...

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The Cumpton vs. Locke question is no debate
May23

The Cumpton vs. Locke question is no debate

When Neal Huntington came out and said that the organization was torn between whether Brandon Cumpton or Jeff Locke would replace the recently DFA’d Wandy Rodriguez, the decision seemed clear – Cumpton. Cumpton has been dominant all season in Indianapolis, boasting a 1.35 ERA in 40 innings, with a 21:10 K/BB ratio. Since coming back to Indianapolis from Pittsburgh, Cumpton has gotten even better. He has allowed just three earned...

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