First Pitch: How Good Could the Ike Davis/Gaby Sanchez Platoon Be?
Apr20

First Pitch: How Good Could the Ike Davis/Gaby Sanchez Platoon Be?

Now that Ike Davis is in the mix for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it looks like the first base position is settled, at least for the next few years. There is the possibility that Davis won’t work out. His career numbers against right-handers are strong, but he hasn’t always played up to those numbers, in part due to injuries. If he can play up to those numbers, and stay healthy, then he could pair nicely with Gaby Sanchez,...

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Prospect Watch: Chad Kuhl Throws Six Shutout Innings
Apr19

Prospect Watch: Chad Kuhl Throws Six Shutout Innings

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 (Tony Sanchez #11, 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...

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Ike Davis Looks Forward to Fresh Start With the Pirates
Apr19

Ike Davis Looks Forward to Fresh Start With the Pirates

Follow @NateBarnes_ When the Pittsburgh Pirates were rumored to have an interest in former New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis during the winter months, Davis had his fingers crossed. “I did kind of want the Pirates because my brother lives in Sarasota area, I wanted to spring train there,” Davis said. “But it didn’t work out that way. Hopefully next year.” This year, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is looking forward to drawing on...

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Travis Ishikawa Designated For Assignment to Make Room for Ike Davis
Apr19

Travis Ishikawa Designated For Assignment to Make Room for Ike Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Travis Ishikawa for assignment in order to make room on the 25-man roster for Ike Davis. The move was expected, as Davis is coming in to fill Ishikawa’s old role on the active roster. The Pirates already had an open spot on the 40-man roster, which Davis took. However, the DFA of Ishikawa means that the 40-man is currently at 39, with one open spot. Ishikawa has enough service time that he...

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Chris Stewart Activated From the Disabled List, Tony Sanchez Optioned
Apr19

Chris Stewart Activated From the Disabled List, Tony Sanchez Optioned

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Chris Stewart from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned Tony Sanchez to Triple-A. The move was expected, once Stewart returned from his knee injury, which he suffered during Spring Training. I broke down the reasons for sending down Sanchez for Stewart about two weeks...

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First Pitch: The Fallout From the Ike Davis Trade
Apr19

First Pitch: The Fallout From the Ike Davis Trade

After an entire off-season of speculation, rumors, and being attached to every potentially available first base option on the trade market, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally traded for a first baseman. Today, in the third week of the regular season, they acquired Ike Davis from the New York Mets, in exchange for Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. As I mentioned in my article today, the PTBNL could be a big piece. Thornton...

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