Hurdle on Liriano; Jordy Mercer Injury Update
Sep17

Hurdle on Liriano; Jordy Mercer Injury Update

Francisco Liriano gets the nod tonight against Boston, making his 27th start of the season. Liriano has pitched like an ace in the second half of the season, with a 2.22 ERA and a 2.68 xFIP. One of the big differences in Liriano’s performance in the second half has been his ability to limit the walks and command all three of his pitches. Liriano lowered his first half 4.91 BB/9 to 3.26 BB/9 in the second half. His better command has...

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Wyatt Mathisen Adjusting Well to Third Base
Sep17

Wyatt Mathisen Adjusting Well to Third Base

The 2014 season presented several challenges for 20-year-old Wyatt Mathisen. Not only did he see an aggressive push up to Low A West Virginia, but also saw a position switch. When the Pirates drafted Mathisen out of high school in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft, the original plan was to have Mathisen play catcher. Because of the logjam of catching in the Pirates system, the Pirates moved Mathisen to third base. Mathisen’s athleticism...

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2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep17

2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona featured a lot of breakout players this year, including two of the biggest breakout stories in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system in Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz. They also had their share of top prospects throughout the year, including Nick Kingham at the start of the year, and Josh Bell at the end of the year. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by the top ten prospects this year. The...

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Morning Report: Looking Over the Indianapolis Prospect List
Sep17

Morning Report: Looking Over the Indianapolis Prospect List

On Tuesday afternoon, we posted the Indianapolis season recap and top ten prospect list. It was the second top ten list we have put out so far, with another scheduled for later this morning. The Indianapolis top ten list is usually a lot different than all of the other teams. While the other lists almost always have players we feel bad about leaving off the list, the Indianapolis list usually have players near the bottom that are just...

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First Pitch: An Early Look at the Depth Out of Indianapolis in 2015
Sep17

First Pitch: An Early Look at the Depth Out of Indianapolis in 2015

Today we started our 2014 season recap series by looking at the 2014 Indianapolis Indians. As the Triple-A team, Indianapolis obviously provides the depth for the Pirates throughout the year. This year the depth wasn’t that strong on the position player side, although the additions of Vance Worley, Jeff Locke, and Brandon Cumpton helped the rotation at times throughout the year. With the Indianapolis recap coming today, it...

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Charlie Morton Has a Good Outing in Return From DL
Sep16

Charlie Morton Has a Good Outing in Return From DL

Charlie Morton started tonight for the first time since August 15 and helped to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-0 win over the Boston Red Sox in the first game of a three game series. Morton threw five innings, giving up four hits, walking two batters and striking out six. He threw 92 pitches, 65 for strikes and his sinker sat in the high 80s to low 90s. This was a classic Charlie Morton start, as he induced six ground ball outs,...

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