• Jones Swinging a Hot Bat in June

    Garrett Jones is on a hot streak in June after making an adjustment. - Image Credit: Mark Olson Garrett Jones has made a few adjustments at the plate recently. After struggling in the month of May, where he hit just .206/.231/.397 over 22 games, Jones has been swinging a hot bat for...

  • First Pitch: The Thing the Pirates Organization Does Best

    The Pirates get a lot of criticism for being too conservative with their pitching prospects. The complaints range from pitch counts, to single game inning totals, to single season inning totals. But one thing rarely gets mentioned: the Pirates have an excellent injury track record. Ryan Beckman underwent successful Tommy John surgery...

  • Luis Heredia Will Start Season in State College

    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitching prospect Luis Heredia will start the 2012 season with the State College Spikes, Cory Giger reports. The 17-year old right-hander pitched in the GCL last year, throwing 30.1 innings. In that time he put up a 4.75 ERA, a 6.8 K/9, and a 5.6 BB/9 ratio. State College...

  • GIF: Jason Grilli is wired

    Jason Grilli records the final out of Sunday's win over the Royals. ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below. If...

  • Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Orioles’ Probable Starting Pitchers

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. These charts are from the catcher’s point of...

  • Barmes Getting His Swing Back After Working With Hurdle

    Clint Barmes had the worst start to 2012 in his professional career, which has spanned over parts of eight seasons in the Majors. Every time Barmes stepped to the plate, he was aware of his batting average, which was well below the Mendoza line. He heard boo's from his home crowd after every...

  • First Pitch: Good to See the Pirates Finally Be ‘That Team’

    There are a lot of good debates to be had about the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates. Will the starting pitching regress, and how much? How much offense do they need to add at the deadline? What should they give up for that offense? Is this current 12-3 stretch legit, or just a fortunate...

  • Pirates Debating DH Decision; Clement an Option?

    Hitting Coach Jeff Branson congratulates Jeff Clement on his solo home run. PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Starting on Tuesday, the Pirates will kick off a six game series of Interleague play away from PNC Park. They travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles and Cleveland to face the Indians before returning to Pittsburgh on...

  • Prospect Trends — Week Ending 6/10

    Except for a rough series this week against Pawtucket, Indianapolis has mostly been playing well for a while now and has had some players on good stretches.  Things have been more problematic for the other affiliates.  Altoona has been missing a good portion of its lineup (Tony Sanchez was promoted; Matt Curry,...

  • First Pitch: Signing Day?

    Ever since the draft ended, we've been hearing about players who have been signing quickly. The signings have come at a much quicker pace than previous years, which has made for a busy week. From everything I've heard, today seems like the magic day for the draft deals to become official. Today...

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