Starling Marte Placed on Disabled List, Brent Morel Recalled
Jul23

Starling Marte Placed on Disabled List, Brent Morel Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Starling Marte on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. They have recalled third baseman Brent Morel to take his roster place. Marte was hit in the head by a pitch on Friday. He sat out Saturday, pinch-hit on Sunday, then played Monday, before sitting out last night’s game. Morel was up with the Pirates earlier in the year, but just for one game. He struck out in his only...

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Pirates Miss Out on a 2015 Draft Pick in the Competitive Balance Lottery
Jul23

Pirates Miss Out on a 2015 Draft Pick in the Competitive Balance Lottery

The MLB Competitive Balance Lottery was held today, awarding draft picks to small market and small revenue teams. The Pirates didn’t get a draft pick this year, after receiving picks the previous two years. The lottery has 13 teams, but only awards 12 picks, which means the Pirates were the odd team out. Here are the results. Competitive Balance lottery results for 2015 @MLBDraft: Round A: 1. @marlins 2....

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Pirates Connected to Phillies Reliever Antonio Bastardo
Jul23

Pirates Connected to Phillies Reliever Antonio Bastardo

We heard earlier this week that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a scout in attendance to watch A.J. Burnett last week. According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, they’re also one of the teams who have been connected to left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo. Salisbury also mentions the Royals, Tigers, and Blue Jays as other teams who have had scouts watching the reliever. It seems like all of these teams are watching a lot of players...

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Pirates Scouting Diamondbacks Relievers
Jul23

Pirates Scouting Diamondbacks Relievers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to a lot of relief pitchers so far this trade season. The latest news comes from Jon Morosi, who says they’ve been scouting the bullpen of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pirates have been scouting DBacks relievers. Of note: A lefty by the name of Oliver Perez is part of the Arizona bullpen. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 23, 2014 Morosi mentions Oliver Perez, although I’m not...

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This Chart Shows the Steady Decline in Tyler Glasnow’s Walks This Year
Jul23

This Chart Shows the Steady Decline in Tyler Glasnow’s Walks This Year

Tyler Glasnow is having another amazing season. After six shutout innings last night, his ERA dropped to 1.64 in 82.1 innings. The six shutout innings extended his streak of not allowing an earned run, with the streak now reaching 18 innings, spanning back to July 5th. That would be impressive, except earlier this season he had another streak where he went 26.2 innings without allowing a run at all — a streak that lasted over a...

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First Pitch: MLB is NOT As Good As It Has Ever Been
Jul23

First Pitch: MLB is NOT As Good As It Has Ever Been

Bud Selig was in Pittsburgh today, and as you could have guessed, he attributed the Pirates’ success to MLB having a fair landscape. This isn’t unexpected, as it happens every time a small market team surprises everyone by contending. The Pirates have become contenders again, but they haven’t done it because MLB is fair. They did it by finding talent avenues that were under-valued. They did it through the draft,...

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