Prospect Reports: Phil Irwin Getting Back the Feel For His Pitches
May17

Prospect Reports: Phil Irwin Getting Back the Feel For His Pitches

April was a month to forget for Phil Irwin. In the month, Irwin had an 11.57 ERA in 14 innings, with 20 hits allowed. “When you take a year off from surgery and don’t get as many innings in the spring as you want, I was just struggling to find the timing on my delivery,” Irwin said. “I just did not get the feeling of comfort on the mound early in the season. It obviously resulted in a bad April.” However, Irwin turned it around in...

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Podcast: Previewing the Pirates-Yankees Series With River Avenue Blues
May17

Podcast: Previewing the Pirates-Yankees Series With River Avenue Blues

For those of you who have been asking “when is the podcast coming back”, you’ll be happy to know that the answer is…soon. In fact, there’s a 90% chance that the podcast will return next week, and I’ve already lined up the first guest. On the surface, what you see me doing with this job involves the writing, podcasts, and anything that shows up on the site. Behind the scenes, I’ve had a lot...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Jordy Mercer
May16

Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Jordy Mercer

It was almost a year ago that Jordy Mercer played his first game of the 2014 season at shortstop. Mercer came up in early May to play second base with Neil Walker on the disabled list. Walker returned on May 13th, and Mercer started his first game of the season at shortstop on May 15th. A few weeks later, Mercer was named the primary starter, which was a relief to Pirates fans who were tired of seeing Clint Barmes’ bat in the...

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Is Tony Sanchez Throwing Away His Chance at Being a Starter?
May14

Is Tony Sanchez Throwing Away His Chance at Being a Starter?

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be faced with an interesting decision this off-season. Their starting catcher, Russell Martin, will be eligible for free agency. Their top catching prospect, Tony Sanchez, is at a point where the organization needs to decide whether his future is as a starter, or a backup. The decision? Bring Martin back at a much bigger cost than what they’re paying him now, or give Sanchez his shot at being a...

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Scout: Gregory Polanco has a chance to be a star
May13

Scout: Gregory Polanco has a chance to be a star

With the media and fan attention that has been thrown at Gregory Polanco, almost everything has been said about the super prospect. With this kind of attention comes Major League pressure. The pressure and the attention allow some people to forget that Polanco is only 22. In fact, he has had only five at bats this season against pitchers who are younger than him. The numbers don’t lie for Polanco, with an OPS of 1.015 through 36 games...

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Week In Review: Polanco Offer, Roster Moves, Prospect Reports, 2014 Draft
May12

Week In Review: Polanco Offer, Roster Moves, Prospect Reports, 2014 Draft

The big news this week was the revelation that the Pirates offered Gregory Polanco a seven year contract. Polanco turned the deal down, obviously, although it didn’t seem like a bad offer. I broke down the deal, comparing it to the deals that Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen received. The summary was that the deal was fair, although Polanco can get more guaranteed money, and more money in his option years with just 1-2 years...

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