AFL:  Tyler Glasnow Has Another Mixed Outing
Nov06

AFL: Tyler Glasnow Has Another Mixed Outing

On Thursday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League Tyler Glasnow took the mound for Scottsdale, making his sixth start of the season. All three Pittsburgh Pirates hitters were in the lineup, as the Scorpions took on Peoria. Scottsdale lost 5-3, dropping them to 10-16 on the year. There are six games left in the AFL season, so Glasnow should see one more start. Tyler Glasnow began the first inning with two fly balls to right field for...

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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Moved to Reserve List
Nov06

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Moved to Reserve List

Three days worth of winter league recaps in this article. Monday was a slow day in winter ball, with one game in the Dominican and one in Venezuela. No Pittsburgh Pirates players were active in the Dominican, but three saw action in Venezuela. A.J. Morris pitched for the first time since October 14th and did not do well in his only inning. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out one batter. Morris got roughed up in two of his...

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First Pitch: The Process of Ranking Every Pirates Prospect
Nov06

First Pitch: The Process of Ranking Every Pirates Prospect

Today I finished putting together the first draft of the 2015 Pirates top 50 prospect list. The top 50 list is exclusive to the 2015 Prospect Guide, which you can currently pre-order on the products page of the site. As a result of this, plus getting the formatting of the book completed, I don’t really have an article topic tonight. So I thought I’d go into detail on the process of ranking prospects for the books, where we...

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AFL: Josh Bell Collects Two Hits As Scottsdale Gets Eliminated From Playoffs
Nov05

AFL: Josh Bell Collects Two Hits As Scottsdale Gets Eliminated From Playoffs

On Wednesday night in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale took on first place Salt River and had a 4-0 lead after the first inning, only to lose 8-4 and get eliminated from the playoffs. Josh Bell was the DH and the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. Adrian Sampson pitched in relief. There are seven games left in the AFL season. Bell had a bases loaded single in the first inning, driving in two runs. He came around...

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Pirates Announce Major League Coaching Staff Changes
Nov05

Pirates Announce Major League Coaching Staff Changes

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced three coaching changes today, although none of them were the addition of a new bench coach. The Pirates switched Rick Sofield and Nick Leyva, moving Leyva to being the first base coach, and switching Sofield from first base to the third base coach. Leyva remains as the infield coach, and Sofield is still the outfield-baserunning coach. The Pirates also added Brad Fischer to the Major League staff. No...

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Is Catcher Pitch Framing Fully Appreciated Yet?
Nov05

Is Catcher Pitch Framing Fully Appreciated Yet?

Last night when I was watching the Gold Glove awards being announced, I started thinking about how the awards were doing a much better job this year of going to people with actual good defense. That is opposed to the past trend of giving out an award because of a good offensive season, or highlight reel plays that would be routine plays by better defenders. Basically, there weren’t as many Nate McLouth’s this year. Then it...

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