First Pitch: How Josh Harrison Led to the Pirates Building a Stronger Bench
Jan15

First Pitch: How Josh Harrison Led to the Pirates Building a Stronger Bench

Earlier today we posted about how Buster Olney gave the Pittsburgh Pirates high rankings for their lineup, bullpen, and rotation. I don’t know if Olney is going to be ranking the benches any time soon, but I’m guessing the Pirates would rank high there, especially with the upcoming addition of Jung-Ho Kang. Their projected bench includes Sean Rodriguez, Corey Hart, Travis Snider, Kang, and Chris Stewart. It’s the...

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Will the Pirates Avoid the Stephen Strasburg Shutdown with Jameson Taillon?
Jan14

Will the Pirates Avoid the Stephen Strasburg Shutdown with Jameson Taillon?

During the 2012 season, the Washington Nationals won 98 games, taking the NL East division, and making the post-season for the first time since moving to Washington in 2005, and the first time in franchise history since the Montreal Expos made it in 1981. Despite this success, the Nationals drew a lot of criticism over the fact that they shut down their top young pitcher, Stephen Strasburg. The right-handed phenom was coming off Tommy...

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First Pitch: How Charlie Morton is Under-Rated, and Radhames Liz Contract Details
Jan14

First Pitch: How Charlie Morton is Under-Rated, and Radhames Liz Contract Details

I had a different article planned for tonight, but needed one more thing for that, so I’m pushing it to the morning after I get to Pirate City. For now, here is a thought on Charlie Morton’s value, following his bullpen session today, and an update on Radhames Liz’s contract status. **I’ve written before about how Charlie Morton is an under-rated pitcher. He gets graded on his entire career stats, which...

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Jung-Ho Kang is Confident He Can Outplay Jordy Mercer at Shortstop
Jan13

Jung-Ho Kang is Confident He Can Outplay Jordy Mercer at Shortstop

Jung-Ho Kang held a press conference with the Korean media, prior to his flight to the U.S. The infielder talked about several topics, including mentioning that he would like to get a chance to compete with Jordy Mercer for the shortstop position. He also re-iterated his desire to square off against Aroldis Chapman, and said that he won’t be changing much in his game. There were also mixed reports on whether he has actually...

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Charlie Morton’s Approach to Clean His Arm Action and Make His Delivery More Efficient
Jan13

Charlie Morton’s Approach to Clean His Arm Action and Make His Delivery More Efficient

It’s rare to see a guy throw off the mound during mini camp. Usually pitchers are just getting started back up after a short break over the holidays, and only throwing off flat grounds. That wasn’t the case today with Charlie Morton. The sinkerball pitcher wanted to get out on the mound today for the first time since having surgery back in September. He threw a short bullpen session with Ray Searage, Jim Benedict, and...

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The Pirates Have Almost No Position Battles Lined Up For Spring Training
Jan13

The Pirates Have Almost No Position Battles Lined Up For Spring Training

This morning I uploaded the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Spring Training tracker. We have that resource on the site every year, allowing you to keep track of who has been invited to Spring Training, and their chances of making the team. The tracker also shows who is still remaining in camp once things kick off and cuts begin. As for this year’s tracker? It’s kind of boring. The Pirates have almost no position battles this...

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