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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Vance Worley Back on Track as a Starter After Working With Jim Benedict
May10

Vance Worley Back on Track as a Starter After Working With Jim Benedict

Since being acquired by the Pirates on March 25, Vance Worley has been working to get stretched out, after being groomed for a role relief by the Twins. “I am glad to have the opportunity here to get things back on track,” Worley said. “Coming off last season, I had the surgery in the offseason. I was in some situations where I did not have some success and ended up in the minor leagues. I went into camp and was looking to fight for a...

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Which Edinson Volquez Will the Pirates Get Going Forward?
May09

Which Edinson Volquez Will the Pirates Get Going Forward?

Follow @NateBarnes_ Clint Hurdle doesn’t like to use the phrase “reclamation project” when discussing players whose careers the Pirates have turned around in the past few years. He sees the men in his clubhouse as humans first, and players after that. So, for him, to call a player a “reclamation project” as if he was a piece of furniture salvaged from a trash dump to be renovated and added to a living room just doesn’t make sense....

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Jeff Locke looks to rebound career
May05

Jeff Locke looks to rebound career

The story of Jeff Locke from 2013 all-star to minor leaguer in less than a year is well-known. However, Locke is getting an opportunity to rebound, as he will start for the Pirates tonight as they open a series against the Giants. While Locke’s ERA is over five in his four starts at Indianapolis, some of this is due to tough luck. In his first two starts, Locke allowed all of his runs by way of the long ball. In that time, he struck...

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