• Pirates Considering Spot Starters in the Month of August

    Jeff Locke is one of the arms being considered for spots starts in August. With a tough stretch coming up for Pittsburgh in the month of August, the Pirates are considering several options in order to keep their starting staff fresh. After an off day on August 2nd, they will play 20...

  • First Pitch: Pirates Comparable Prospects For Today’s Trades

    Today there were three trades made in baseball, kicking off the trade season. Ryan Dempster, Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante, and surprisingly, Ichiro Suzuki were all moved. The one deal that hasn't gone through is the Dempster trade, as he has to waive his no-trade clause. To get an idea of what each...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Jeff Samardzija

    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...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Trade Deadline Preview

    The 2012 MLB Trade Deadline is a little over a week away. For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be buyers at the deadline. This year's team looks much stronger than last year's team, and looks more likely to sustain the success we've seen over the first four...

  • Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/22

    The Pirates continue to get more good hitting and less good pitching than expected in their farm system. TRENDING UP Brock Holt, SS (AA):  Holt continues to hit, and continues to be marooned in Altoona.  In the past week he went 9-23 (.391), leaving him at 319/384/440 on the season. Robbie Grossman,...

  • Give Ryan Hafner Some Time Off

    In the movie Anchorman, the sportscaster Champ starts to ramble about his man-love for Ron Burgundy, prompting the line "Why don't you take a few plays off, Champ?" At this point in Ryan Hafner's 2012 campaign, it might be time for him to take a few plays off, too.  After Sunday's 0.2...

  • Evan Meek Feels Like He’s Back to 2010 Form

    Evan Meek - Photo by Mark Olson Evan Meek arrived to the Pirates clubhouse on Saturday afternoon about an hour before the club was set to take batting practice and work on infield drills. The right-hander flew from Toledo, Ohio, where the Triple-A Indians were playing the Mud Hens. The Pirates placed...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Anibal Sanchez

    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...

  • First Pitch: Will We See Marte This Year?

    Starling Marte isn't helping his case to get called up to the majors any time soon. The outfielder is currently slumping, with a .190/.298/.429 line in 42 at-bats over his last 12 games. That slump includes a 33% strikeout rate and an 11% walk rate. From the looks of that line, it...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Carlos Zambrano

    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...

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