Keith Law Has Three Pirates in His Mid-Season Top 50

Keith Law has released his mid-season top 50 prospect list for ESPN Insider subscribers. The list features three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects: Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Alen Hanson. Cole is the top prospect for the Pirates, coming in at number seven overall. He’s up three spots from his pre-season ranking at number ten. Law mentions that “there’s no starter in the minors with a better pure repertoire”....

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Can the Pirates Sustain First Half Success?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been the story of the first half of the season. Andrew McCutchen is putting up numbers worthy of an MVP, James McDonald is evolving in to a number one starter, and A.J. Burnett has put up an impressive season away from New York. But just like last year, the talk is the same: Can the Pirates sustain the first half success? In 2011, the Pirates entered the All-Star break at 47-43 — third place in the...

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Zoltan Bonding Club, Fans Together

It started on a road trip at the end of April when the Pirates were sitting below .500 and fourth in the National League Central. Second baseman Neil Walker was flipping through the channels in the clubhouse while on the road in Atlanta. “Dude, Where’s my Car?”, a comedy from 2000, was on the TV. Having not seen the movie for a while, the guys in the clubhouse left it on. Little did they know that a scene in the...

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Pirates Shuffle Rotation for Second Half

The Pittsburgh Pirates rotation will have a new look heading into the second half of the 2012 season. Manager Clint Hurdle said on Sunday that the rotation will kick off on July 13 in Milwaukee with James McDonald. Following McDonald will be Kevin Correia then A.J. Burnett. Jeff Karstens and Erik Bedard will be No. 4 and 5 in the series in Colorado. “We’ve looked at this a couple different ways,” Hurdle said. “We...

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Hurdle and Alvarez Share a Bond

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle knows the challenges of high expectations. They were put on him when he was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) by the Kansas City Royals in the 1975 draft. At just 20-years-old, Hurdle made his Major League debut and was on a Sports Illustrated cover being labeled as the next young “phenom”. While Pedro Alvarez never made a magazine cover of that magnitude, he and Hurdle share many...

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One Day FREE Fantasy Contest – $350 in cash prizes

One Day FREE Fantasy Contest – $350 in cash prizes  If you missed it last time, there’s a new way to play fantasy baseball that turns the season long grind into quick one night leagues.  And the best part is that you can win cash every single day.  You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night. DraftStreet.com is at the forefront of this new trend in the fantasy world and is giving us a...

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