2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Alex Blandino, Brandon Finnegan, Ti’Quan Forbes, Luis Ortiz
May29

2014 Pirates Draft Prospects: Alex Blandino, Brandon Finnegan, Ti’Quan Forbes, Luis Ortiz

This is part five in our weekly draft preview leading up to the draft. We profile four players each week, focusing on a college pitcher, college hitter and prep pitcher, prep hitter, who have all been mentioned in the Pittsburgh Pirates range in the first round. Next week we will do our final draft preview, covering all the top possibilities for the Pirates. The 2014 amateur draft starts next Thursday and the Pirates have the 24th...

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First Pitch: The State of the Pirates Rotation
May29

First Pitch: The State of the Pirates Rotation

After Wandy Rodriguez was removed from the rotation last week, the question became “who is next?” The Pirates haven’t been getting good results from their rotation this season, or their bullpen for that matter. Coming into the season, they looked good at the top three spots in the rotation, with Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton leading the way. Morton and Cole haven’t been bad, but they...

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Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Strikes Out 12; Vance Worley Strikes Out 10
May28

Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Strikes Out 12; Vance Worley Strikes Out 10

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Phil Irwin Claimed Off Waivers By the Rangers
May28

Phil Irwin Claimed Off Waivers By the Rangers

The Texas Rangers have claimed right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin from the Pirates. Irwin was designated for assignment last week, making room for right-handed reliever Josh Wall. The move to DFA Irwin was a questionable one, and not an example of good roster management. About 30 minutes after announcing the move, the Pirates announced that they designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment, creating an open spot on the 40-man roster....

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Draft Prospect Watch: Scott Blewett Feeling Fine After Final High School Start
May28

Draft Prospect Watch: Scott Blewett Feeling Fine After Final High School Start

After his start on May 2nd, Baldwinsville HS pitcher Scott Blewett was shut down with shoulder soreness. According to Blewett, the move was more precautionary and he took the time off from pitching to work out, so he could build up muscle around the scapula region. Due to the fact he lives in upstate New York, his high school season is already short enough, so this setback cost him time to pitch in front of scouts. Blewett had already...

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Prospect Highlights: Double From Harold Ramirez, Homer From McGuiness
May28

Prospect Highlights: Double From Harold Ramirez, Homer From McGuiness

It’s not often we get West Virginia Power highlights and this is the first time Harold Ramirez has been featured in one. Here he hits a double down the line in the ninth inning that brought home the tying run. The Power went on to lose the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ramirez had two hits in the game and since returning from a hamstring injury that cost him a month of the season, he is hitting .318/.390/.409 in 16...

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