• First Pitch: Wilson is Better in Relief This Year, Better as a Starter Long Term

    The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that they moved Justin Wilson to the bullpen. The move will be a short term deal, as they're not ruling him out for the long term as a starting option. A few weeks ago, if there was a need for a starter, I would have said Justin...

  • Chris Leroux and Jeff Locke Could Fill Roles in Pittsburgh

    Chris Leroux has recently been moved into the rotation with Triple-A and could fill a void in the Majors. Both Chris Leroux and Jeff Locke could fill a role with the Pirates to some capacity in the near future. While the Major League club's pitching staff had an impressive first half to...

  • Pirates Move Lefty Justin Wilson to the Bullpen

    Manager Clint Hurdle said on Tuesday afternoon that the organization has decided to move left-handed starter Justin Wilson into the bullpen. "We are right now transferring Justin Wilson into the bullpen for maybe an opportunity to be more impactful at the Major League level," Hurdle said. Wilson has had mixed results with...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Patrick Corbin

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Comparing Alen Hanson’s Age-19 Season

    Coming into the 2012 season, Alen Hanson was an under-the-radar prospect in the Pirates' system.  To anyone reading this right now, you're probably aware that Alen Hanson's has had a huge breakout season to the tune of .315/.380/.550 (930 OPS) with a power-speed blend of 16 HR's and 30 SB's (out of...

  • First Pitch: Minor League Promotions Could be Limited

    The Pirates promoted Kyle McPherson and Brock Holt to Triple-A today -- well, technically the moves aren't official yet, but I'd expect an official announcement tomorrow or Wednesday, with corresponding moves to come. The move was expected for McPherson at some point, as he would have started in Indianapolis had he not...

  • A.J. Burnett Named NL Player of the Week

    A.J. Burnett has been named the NL Player of the Week, after throwing two great starts last week. Burnett started with a complete game, one-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs, striking out eight and walking two in the process. The right-hander carried a no-hitter in to the eight inning, before giving up...

  • Andrew McCutchen Has the Second Most Team Friendly Deal in Baseball

    Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports took a look at the ten most team friendly deals in the game. With the season Andrew McCutchen is having this year, combined with his contract extension last off-season, it should be expected that he'd be on this list. Passan ended up rating him as the second...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Wade Miley

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Prospect Trends — Week Ending 8/5

    As the minor league season gets into the late stages, most of the teams in the Pirates' system are playing well.  Even West Virginia, which had a miserable 23-47 first half, is 25-19 and in first place in the second half.  Bradenton is a game over .500 in the second half after...

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