No Health Setbacks For Starling Marte in Rehab Stint
Aug04

No Health Setbacks For Starling Marte in Rehab Stint

The Triple-A rehab assignment for Starling Marte has not gone quite as planned. Marte, who is recovering from a concussion, is 1-for-12 in his first three games of a four game rehab assignment. In those 12 at bats, he has struck out five times in three games. While the statistics are not meeting goals, Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor said that there have been no health setbacks. In addition, Treanor said that the inactivity...

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Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Continues Rough Stretch in Triple-A
Aug04

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Continues Rough Stretch in Triple-A

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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Gerrit Cole to make second rehab start tomorrow
Aug04

Gerrit Cole to make second rehab start tomorrow

After feeling well following a Sunday bullpen session, Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor announced that Gerrit Cole will make a second rehab start Tuesday in Triple-A. Cole was bumped on Saturday, as the Pirates wanted to assess how he felt after the side session. Cole threw five scoreless innings July 28 in Rochester, striking out seven and walking three. Cole was set to throw 100 pitches, which will likely be the limit on Tuesday,...

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Andrew McCutchen Expected to Go on the 15-Day DL
Aug04

Andrew McCutchen Expected to Go on the 15-Day DL

Andrew McCutchen is expected to go on the 15-day disabled list, according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cook says that McCutchen could be out for three weeks or a month, and says he might have a serious oblique injury, which he suffered on Sunday. The injury is a big blow to the Pirates, who are in the thick of a playoff race. They’re currently 1.5 games back and in third place in the NL Central, and half a game...

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First Pitch: Pedro Alvarez’s Future With the Pirates
Aug04

First Pitch: Pedro Alvarez’s Future With the Pirates

When Pedro Alvarez was taken in the first round in the 2008 draft, there were two beliefs about his future. First was that he could be the big power bat that would anchor the middle of the Pirates’ lineup for years to come. Second was that he might eventually have to move to first base, due to his size. Six years later, only one of those things is true, and unfortunately for the Pirates, it’s not the good one. Alvarez has...

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Prospect Watch: Angel Sanchez Makes His Debut in Altoona
Aug04

Prospect Watch: Angel Sanchez Makes His Debut in Altoona

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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