Brandon Cumpton Will Be Replacing Wandy Rodriguez
Apr23

Brandon Cumpton Will Be Replacing Wandy Rodriguez

This is nothing but speculation at this point, but it appears that Brandon Cumpton will be replacing Wandy Rodriguez for Thursday’s start in Pittsburgh. Rodriguez was placed on the disabled list this week, leaving the Pirates without a starter for Thursday. By process of elimination, Cumpton currently looks like the only option. Jeff Locke made his start on Monday. Casey Sadler started last night with Indianapolis. Stolmy...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Would Be Struggling Now, Even With Gregory Polanco
Apr23

First Pitch: The Pirates Would Be Struggling Now, Even With Gregory Polanco

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost again tonight, falling 4-1 to the Cincinnati Reds and Johnny Cueto, and dropping to 9-12 on the season. I wasn’t following the game closely tonight, since I was focusing on John Kuchno and Ryan Hafner in Bradenton. I was following along on Twitter, and in the process, was also following the big night that Gregory Polanco had. Polanco had three hits, including his third homer of the year. Predictably,...

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Prospect Watch: Three Hits and a Homer Each For Gregory Polanco and Stetson Allie
Apr22

Prospect Watch: Three Hits and a Homer Each For Gregory Polanco and Stetson Allie

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 (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Russell Martin and Travis Snider Suspended
Apr22

Russell Martin and Travis Snider Suspended

Major League Baseball has announced that Travis Snider and Russell Martin have been suspended for their role in the fight during Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Snider received a two game suspension, while Martin received a one game suspension. On the Milwaukee side, Carlos Gomez received a three game suspension, and Martin Maldonado received a five game suspension. I can understand the suspension for Snider, since...

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Is Bryan Morris a Future Closer For the Pirates?
Apr22

Is Bryan Morris a Future Closer For the Pirates?

Follow @NateBarnes_ Bryan Morris was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31, 2008 as a part of the deal that sent Jason Bay to the Boston Red Sox and Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Morris was a part of a prospect package the Pirates returned that included Brandon Moss, Andy LaRoche and Craig Hansen. Morris’ start in his new organization was a rocky one, as he was suspended for “unprofessional” conduct in August of...

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First Pitch: Who Should Replace Wandy Rodriguez in the Rotation?
Apr22

First Pitch: Who Should Replace Wandy Rodriguez in the Rotation?

Wandy Rodriguez went on the disabled list today, meaning the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to need a starting pitcher on Thursday. Jeff Locke made his start tonight for Indianapolis, so that starter won’t be him. Casey Sadler is expected to make his start tomorrow for the Indians, which would remove him from the running. The two players who are the top candidates for the starting role are Stolmy Pimentel and Brandon Cumpton....

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