First Pitch: More of This From Liriano and Fixing the Competitive Balance Lottery
Jul24

First Pitch: More of This From Liriano and Fixing the Competitive Balance Lottery

The Pirates need the 2013 version of Francisco Liriano in the second half. Last time out he struggled in the first, but recovered and threw five innings with no earned runs, striking out eight in the process. Tonight against the Dodgers the results were much like the 2013 Liriano, with one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings, along with four strikeouts. Liriano got off to a horrible start this year, and missed about a...

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Prospect Watch: Jason Creasy Goes Over 43 Innings Without Issuing a Walk
Jul23

Prospect Watch: Jason Creasy Goes Over 43 Innings Without Issuing a Walk

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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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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