The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014
Oct22

The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014

One of the biggest keys to the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates was their pitching depth. The Pirates used 12 different starting pitchers, and most of those starters were used in the first three months of the season. That didn’t count guys like Jeff Karstens and Kyle McPherson, who were counted on pre-season as depth options, but weren’t available due to injuries. The off-season focus is always on the five man...

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Clint Hurdle Wins The Sporting News NL Manager of the Year
Oct22

Clint Hurdle Wins The Sporting News NL Manager of the Year

Yesterday The Sporting News named Francisco Liriano their NL Comeback Player of the Year after the lefty dominated a players vote. Today, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was named The Sporting News National League Manager of the Year. The award was decided based on a vote held only by NL managers. Hurdle won with five of the 15 votes. In second was Fredi Gonzalez with three. Those were the only managers to receive more than...

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Don’t Sleep on Joely Rodriguez as a Future Major League Pitcher
Oct21

Don’t Sleep on Joely Rodriguez as a Future Major League Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates have no shortage of quality pitching prospects. This year they saw Gerrit Cole graduate to the majors and start his transition into a number one starter. Next year could be the same story with top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon. One of the biggest stories in the minors this year was the emergence of Tyler Glasnow, who looks like he could also be a top of the rotation starter. Behind those pitchers, the...

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Francisco Liriano Named Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year
Oct21

Francisco Liriano Named Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year

The Sporting News released their AL and NL Comeback Player of the Year awards today, and Francisco Liriano ran away with the NL portion. The awards were based on player votes. Liriano received 58 votes, putting him 50 votes ahead of any other candidate in the National League. The next best competition he had came from his teammates. Mark Melancon finished with the second most votes, with eight. Marlon Byrd, who was acquired in a late...

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Gregory Polanco: “The Walking Toolshed”
Oct18

Gregory Polanco: “The Walking Toolshed”

In order to get out of the Dominican Republic as a baseball player, the saying goes, “No one walks off the island.” In a country with so much baseball talent per capita, scouts want to see Dominican players hit. Showing a good eye at the plate would not be enough to project future success. Scouts have to have faith that they could handle the bat and “hit their way off the island.” It is impossible to walk off an island, right? Not...

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Pirates Add a New Minor League Affiliate in the Appy League
Oct16

Pirates Add a New Minor League Affiliate in the Appy League

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they have added a new minor league affiliate in the Appy League. The team will play in Bristol, VA, starting in 2014.  The Pirates Bristol affiliate will play in the five team Appalachian League West Division along with Kingsport (New York Mets), Greeneville (Houston), Elizabethton (Minnesota) and Johnson City (St. Louis). The Appalachian League is a rookie league, on the same level as the...

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