First Pitch: Did You Even Realize This Once Important Milestone Was Approaching?
Sep16

First Pitch: Did You Even Realize This Once Important Milestone Was Approaching?

The first MLB game I ever covered live was on June 24th, 2011. I was going up to cover the debut of Chase d’Arnaud, back when he was one of the top prospects in the system. There was also the chance to cover a Pirates team that looked like they might be contenders, flirting around .500 in a weak division. I remember the game well, not because of d’Arnaud’s debut, but because it was against the Red Sox, and had the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster and Schedule
Sep15

Pittsburgh Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster and Schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin the Fall Instructional League this week, commonly referred to as “instructs”. ¬†The first games will be played on Wednesday, and the first day with full rosters in action will be on Saturday. Instructs is a league for minor league players, mostly guys in the lower levels, to get additional work at the end of the year. As the name of the league suggests, players will get additional...

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Looking at Why Charlie Morton is Replacing Vance Worley in the Rotation
Sep15

Looking at Why Charlie Morton is Replacing Vance Worley in the Rotation

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Charlie Morton will start Tuesday night against the Red Sox, replacing Vance Worley who was originally scheduled to make the start. Morton has not pitched since August 15th against the Nationals, when he lasted only three innings and gave up five runs. Since that start, Morton has been on the disabled list, attempting to ease the pain that was caused by a sports hernia. After a rehab...

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The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes
Sep15

The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done a good job of preserving pitcher health and avoiding major injuries in the minors. A lot of this is due to their conservative approach with pitch counts and innings limits, especially at the lower levels. Despite this, it’s impossible to totally avoid injuries with pitchers, as we saw this year. In Spring Training, top prospects Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes both went down with Tommy John...

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Morning Report: Pirates Having Trouble Finding Late Round Draft Talent
Sep15

Morning Report: Pirates Having Trouble Finding Late Round Draft Talent

The current front office of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been together for seven drafts now. That first draft in 2008 has produced seven players that have reached the majors, so it was quite successful in that regard. For this article though, we are going to take a look at how they did after the first ten rounds and what is left in the system from each year. The closer to 2014 we get, the more we will focus on the group, rather than the...

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First Pitch: How Much Will Josh Harrison Be Worth in Arbitration?
Sep15

First Pitch: How Much Will Josh Harrison Be Worth in Arbitration?

Josh Harrison is in a very unique situation. He’s having a breakout season in 2014, and contending for the batting title, after looking like a bench player for his first three years in the majors, and at times looking like he didn’t belong in the majors at all. The breakout season is coming at the right time, since Harrison is about to enter his first year of arbitration. The arbitration process relies on comparable...

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