Pirates Among Teams That Scouted Ian Kennedy Last Night
Jul19

Pirates Among Teams That Scouted Ian Kennedy Last Night

The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the teams who scouted San Diego right-hander Ian Kennedy last night, according to Ken Rosenthal. #Pirates, #Royals among teams that scouted #Padres’ Kennedy last night. Pirates looking for SP and RP. Royals keeping all options open. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 19, 2014 I really liked Ian Kennedy as a trade option last year. He was having a down year in Arizona, and ended up getting...

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Prospect Highlights: Clips From Adrian Sampson’s Near No-Hitter
Jul19

Prospect Highlights: Clips From Adrian Sampson’s Near No-Hitter

Adrian Sampson came within two outs of throwing a complete game no-hitter on Friday night for Altoona. It’s not often a pitcher goes nine innings to begin with, and most minor league no-hitters involve multiple pitchers or a shortened game. All the details of the game can be found here, along with the history of recent Pirates no-hitters in the minors. Below are three clips from the ninth inning of Sampson’s gem. The first...

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First Pitch: Why I Don’t Like the Trade Deadline
Jul19

First Pitch: Why I Don’t Like the Trade Deadline

Earlier today I did a sort of trade deadline preview, although there’s not much to work with this year. The only player that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to was traded tonight when the Angels acquired Huston Street. That’s not something I’d lose sleep over, as the price was very high, as it usually is for closers. In less than two weeks, the trade deadline will have passed. I think it’s going to...

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Prospect Watch: Looking at Adrian Sampson’s Path to the Majors
Jul19

Prospect Watch: Looking at Adrian Sampson’s Path to the Majors

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. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Looking at the Pirates Trade Needs on a Quiet Market; Should the Deadline Be Moved?
Jul18

Looking at the Pirates Trade Needs on a Quiet Market; Should the Deadline Be Moved?

Is it just me, or has the leadup to the 2014 trade deadline been quiet this year? When a rumor came out last week that the Pittsburgh Pirates were checking on Huston Street, it occurred to me that I hadn’t used the “News and Rumors” section of the site in some time. I looked, and realized that the Street rumor was the first trade rumor of the year. And it came on July 14th. By this time last year, the Pirates had...

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First Pitch: Five Big Questions That Will Determine if the Pirates Will Remain Contenders
Jul18

First Pitch: Five Big Questions That Will Determine if the Pirates Will Remain Contenders

The Pittsburgh Pirates will kick off the second half of the season today. They enter the second half with a 49-46 record, sitting 3.5 games out of first place in the NL Central, and 3 games back in the Wild Card race. They’ve got the lowest chances of any of the playoff contenders, but they’re still considered contenders. You can go through any team — contender or not — and you’ll find questions...

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