The Type of Win That Defines a Contender
Aug30

The Type of Win That Defines a Contender

In the quest to the playoffs, a team has to win in a variety of ways. There’s the blowout, offense-outburst type wins. There’s the close, well-played wins. Then there’s wins where a team doesn’t play well, but does just enough to squeak by. Today was one of those wins. The Pirates didn’t do anything special today. Vance Worley was good enough, allowing one earned run and striking out four in six and two thirds innings. He walked two,...

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How is Alen Hanson Adjusting to Second Base?
Aug30

How is Alen Hanson Adjusting to Second Base?

Since being moved to second base at the beginning of August, Alen Hanson has been adjusting well, Altoona Curve Manager Carlos Garcia said on Wednesday night. “It’s been good. At least he’s had more time to focus to make the routine plays. The throw is not as long as it is from the shortstop [position]. He’s only played about two and a half weeks [at second base] before he got hurt, but he likes it over there.” Hanson was having a...

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Morning Report: Edwin Espinal is Still a Sleeper, But For How Much Longer?
Aug30

Morning Report: Edwin Espinal is Still a Sleeper, But For How Much Longer?

At the beginning of the season, we mentioned Edwin Espinal as a possible sleeper prospect this year. He has looked like he was about to break out a few times during the year, but it really never lasted long and then he would just blend in again, doing nothing that stood out. On Thursday night, Espinal had one of the best nights of any Pirates player this year, possibly the best. He had three hits, including his sixth homer and he...

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First Pitch: Thoughts From Indy on Lambo’s Power, Top Pitchers, and Bullpen Help
Aug30

First Pitch: Thoughts From Indy on Lambo’s Power, Top Pitchers, and Bullpen Help

Andrew Lambo, who had a starting big league job in the spring to lose, managed to do just that. Along with this collapse, Lambo managed to avoid a call up, despite hitting .332 with a .962 OPS in 60 games with Indianapolis. That streak ended today when the Pirates called him up, likely for the remainder of the season. But why did it take this long? After the trade for Ike Davis on April 18, I reported that Lambo was no longer playing...

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Josh Harrison is More Than Just Heart and Hustle
Aug30

Josh Harrison is More Than Just Heart and Hustle

Before tonight’s game Clint Hurdle presented Josh Harrison with the MLB Players Alumni Association’s Heart and Hustle award. It’s an award based on two words that most fans often describe Harrison with. They’re two words that are intangible, and based on old baseball clichés. They’re two words that don’t give Josh Harrison justice for the season he’s had. Tangibly, Harrison has played tremendously this year. Throughout the season,...

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Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Ends Season on Sour Note, Reese McGuire Homers
Aug29

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Ends Season on Sour Note, Reese McGuire Homers

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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