Pirates Sign Shortstop Christopher Perez
Jul02

Pirates Sign Shortstop Christopher Perez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their second big international signing, getting shortstop Christopher Perez out of the Dominican. The 6’1″, 170 pound infielder signed for a $150,000 bonus. According to Ben Badler on Baseball America, Perez has a line-drive stroke from the right side. He has good bat speed and uses the entire field. Earlier in the day, the Pirates signed outfielder Yondry Contreras, who was their top...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Outfielder Yondry Contreras
Jul02

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Outfielder Yondry Contreras

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first signing of the July 2nd international signing period, inking a deal with 16-year-old ┬áDominican outfielder Yondry Contreras for a $400k bonus. He is 6’1″, 175 pounds, bats and throws righty. Here is video of Contreras throwing and hitting. It shows up about a minute into the clip. In our July 2nd preview, Contreras was the top name mentioned for the Pirates, so their got their...

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Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Month
Jul02

Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Month

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been named the National League Player of the Month for June. He led the league with 20 extra-base hits during the month, hitting eight homers and driving in 25 runs, both of which tied for the NL lead. He finished second in the NL last month in hits, doubles and slugging percentage. In 26 games, he had a .343/.410/.686 slash line. Earlier in the month, McCutchen was named the NL...

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Nick Kingham Has His Season Back in Control
Jul02

Nick Kingham Has His Season Back in Control

After posting a 3.04 ERA in 12 games with Altoona, Nick Kingham has been even more dominant in his first four starts with Indianapolis. Kingham has posted a 0.43 ERA in his first 26.2 innings in Triple-A. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 20:5 with Indianapolis. The International League is hitting just .169 against him through the four outings. Kingham struggled with control early in the season with Altoona. He walked three hitters...

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First Pitch: Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham Should Be Untouchable
Jul02

First Pitch: Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham Should Be Untouchable

The way it looks right now, the need for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline might be pitching. That need could be reduced if Jeff Locke continues pitching well (3.46 ERA / 3.54 xFIP after tonight, so no regression is expected this year), and/or if Vance Worley turns out to be back to his pre-2013 self. That said, the Pirates currently have a rotation made up of Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton, Edinson Volquez, Locke, and Worley....

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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones and Matt Hague Lead a Night of Home Runs
Jul02

Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones and Matt Hague Lead a Night of Home Runs

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote 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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