DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates2 Drop Playoff Series to Tigers
Aug28

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates2 Drop Playoff Series to Tigers

The first round of the Dominican Summer League playoffs wrapped up this morning, with the Pirates2 taking on the Tigers in the finale of a best-of-three series. The Tigers won big in game one, then almost made a comeback in game two after the Pirates2 took an early lead. With the series on the line, the Pirates2 turned to 19-year-old righty Eduardo Vera, who had an impressive season this year. He went 1-0, 1.95 in 13 starts and one...

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Pirates Received $250,000 From the Mets
Aug28

Pirates Received $250,000 From the Mets

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates received $250,000 from the New York Mets for the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade. sources: #mets sent 250 grand to #pirates in buck/byrd trade. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 28, 2013 I’ve updated the 2013 payroll projection with all of the figures. The Pirates will take on $964,835 for the remainder of the year for the two players. That puts the payroll...

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Pirates Sending Five to the AFL, Including Alen Hanson
Aug27

Pirates Sending Five to the AFL, Including Alen Hanson

The Pittsburgh Pirates are sending five players to the Arizona Fall League, led by top infield prospect Alen Hanson. The players are: Zack Thornton, RHP – Thornton was acquired for Chris Resop, and has spent time with Indianapolis, Altoona, and Bradenton. In his time with Altoona he has a 2.32 ERA in 31 innings, with an 11.3 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9 ratio. Those are some dominant numbers, and he has the chance to be a sleeper middle...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Vivas, Herrera Keep Pirates2 Alive in 6-5 Victory Over Tigers
Aug27

DSL Prospect Watch: Vivas, Herrera Keep Pirates2 Alive in 6-5 Victory Over Tigers

The Dominican Summer League playoffs continued today as the Pirates2 returned home facing elimination against the Tigers DSL affiliate after losing 10-0 yesterday in the opener of a best-of-three game series. The Pirates2 went with 19-year-old righty Julio Vivas on the mound. He went 5-2, 2.30 on the year and pitched even better at home, going 2-0, 0.75 in six starts.  After being hit around all game yesterday, it was the Pirates2...

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Frank Coonelly: Replay System May Not Increase Game Length
Aug26

Frank Coonelly: Replay System May Not Increase Game Length

Major League Baseball’s planned challenge system for controversial calls will not necessarily make games longer, according to Pirates president Frank Coonelly. Cutting down long-winded arguments between managers and umpires is part and parcel to the replay system MLB unveiled earlier this month, likely to be implemented for the 2014 season. Home-plate umpires will have “quick communication” with the instant replay...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates2 Lose Badly to Tigers in Playoff Opener
Aug26

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates2 Lose Badly to Tigers in Playoff Opener

The Dominican Summer League playoffs started today, with the Pirates2 taking on the Detroit Tigers affiliate. The playoff format is best of three in the first round, with the two best teams in the league getting first round byes. The Pirates2 won the Wildcard spot with a 46-26 record, so they met up against the Tigers, who finished 49-22 on the season. The two teams played each other four times during the regular season, splitting a...

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