Who Could Start For the Pirates on Saturday?

Now it’s time for what seems like a weekly feature on the site: “Who could start for the Pirates on (Insert Day) with the recent injury to (Insert Pitcher Who is Injured)”. Today we fill in those blanks with Saturday, and A.J. Burnett. Burnett will miss his next start with a calf injury, causing Jeff Locke to move up a day to pitch on Friday, and leaving no options on Saturday. Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano would...

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Jameson Taillon’s Delivery Shows That Prospects Don’t Develop Overnight

In 2011 I was in West Virginia for Jameson Taillon’s pro debut. It was raining that night, which had a lot of scouts in the tight confines of the Appalachian Power Park press box. I was talking with an AL scout about Taillon in anticipation of his debut. This particular scout had seen Taillon pitch before, and had an opinion that stood out to me. “He’s never going to be able to throw fastballs at the knees.”...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Polo On Fire, Yankees/Pirates Suspended By Rain

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Angels 5, Pirates 3 Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (0-2, 5.63) – 3.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Tito Polo, LF (.432) – 2-for-4, 2 SB Other Notable...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Down Yankees, Polo Keeps Hitting

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Pirates 9, Angels 5 Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (0-1, 4.91) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Tito Polo, CF (.424) – 3-for-5, 3B, RBI Other Notable...

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Gerrit Cole Does it Himself in Debut with Quality Start, Two RBI

Gerrit Cole steps into the box for his first Major League at-bat with the bases loaded. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is 60 feet, 6 inches away. After two straight strikes, Cole lays off three pitches out of the zone. Then Lincecum throws a fastball at Cole’s elbows. Cole taps his left foot and smacks the pitch into the gap in right-center. If Gregor Blanco does not cut it off, it’s a bases-clearing double....

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Charlie Morton to Start Thursday, Wandy Rodriguez on Disabled List

Right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton is set to start Thursday for the Pirates, one year to the day before his Tommy John surgery. While returning to the Majors 12 months after the reconstructive elbow procedure is a relatively quick recovery time, Morton has been itching to get back for a while. “I was on pace to be back a little bit quicker than I was, so I was disappointed at the same time,” Morton said. “I’m...

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