Alen Hanson Could Play in Pittsburgh in 2015
Aug11

Alen Hanson Could Play in Pittsburgh in 2015

Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a switch, moving shortstop Alen Hanson over to second base. On Sunday, Neal Huntington said that Hanson was moved to second base to be Major League ready to help the team in 2015. Hanson does have the defensive skills to be a shortstop, but needs some work at the position to add consistency. The emergence of Jordy Mercer over the last year, along with Mercer’s improved defense this year,...

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First Pitch: Once Again, Starting Pitching is Keeping the Pirates as Contenders
Aug11

First Pitch: Once Again, Starting Pitching is Keeping the Pirates as Contenders

If you look at the season numbers, the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t have the best results from their starting rotation. They rank middle of the pack in ERA and xFIP, and rank last in the majors in WAR. However, the season numbers don’t really tell the story of the current rotation. The season numbers include Wandy Rodriguez. They include struggles from Francisco Liriano before the All-Star break. They don’t include full...

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Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Continues Power Surge, Austin Meadows Heating Up
Aug11

Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Continues Power Surge, Austin Meadows Heating Up

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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Pirates Claim Infielder Tommy Field From Angels
Aug10

Pirates Claim Infielder Tommy Field From Angels

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a waiver claim, picking up infielder Tommy Field from the Los Angeles Angels on Anaheim. With the addition of Field, the 40-man roster in now full. He has been assigned to AAA Indianapolis. Field has spent parts of three seasons in the Majors, 2011-12 with the Colorado Rockies and 2013 with the Angels. He was a 24th round pick of the Rockies in 2008. He has played most of his games at shortstop, seeing...

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DSL Pirates Report: Key Injuries Leave Team Short-Handed, Plus Struggles From Big-Bonus Players
Aug10

DSL Pirates Report: Key Injuries Leave Team Short-Handed, Plus Struggles From Big-Bonus Players

Last week, we named our players of the month, picking All-Star second baseman Raul Siri as the top hitter and right-hander Richard Mitchell as the top pitcher. Mitchell threw five shutout innings in his only appearance, while Siri suffered a right hand injury on Monday and the only action he saw in the last five games of the week was a pinch-running appearance on Saturday. He wasn’t the only key player out though, as starting...

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Neil Walker Could Head to the Disabled List
Aug10

Neil Walker Could Head to the Disabled List

Neil Walker made a pinch hit appearance last night against the Padres, then was originally in today’s lineup. That is no longer the case, as he has been scratched from the game with more issues involving his back. The Pirates will be re-evaluating his status after the game, and could make a potential roster move. What it sounds like is that Walker could be heading to the disabled list. And because of the pinch-hitting appearance...

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