Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth For the Rest of the Season
Jul21

Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth For the Rest of the Season

The first half of the season saw the Pittsburgh Pirates use 11 starting pitchers. The reason the number was so high was largely due to injuries. Out of the 11 pitchers who have made starts this year for the Pirates, 7 have missed time due to injuries. The guys who have stayed healthy are Jeff Locke (not counting his recent lower back tightness which caused him to miss his last start and the All-Star game), Gerrit Cole, Brandon...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates1 Push Win Streak To Eight Games
Jul20

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates1 Push Win Streak To Eight Games

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 3, Mets2 2 in 11 innings Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP (1-1, 2.45) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Luis Benitez, CF (.228) – 2-for-4, BB...

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Hey, Bud Selig: Time to Let MLB Players in the Olympics
Jul19

Hey, Bud Selig: Time to Let MLB Players in the Olympics

Every sports commissioner wants to grow his game beyond the United States, and Major League Baseball’s Bud Selig is no different. “That’s my great goal is to take the game international,” Selig said Tuesday in New York. Of course. Those in charge of America’s pastime see opportunities outside the North America and Caribbean countries where the sport is already widely played. Each league wants to market to...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Shut Out Mets, De La Cruz Homers Again
Jul19

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Shut Out Mets, De La Cruz Homers Again

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 5, Mets2 0 Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (2.02) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Julio de la Cruz, DH (.202) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI Other Notable...

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Gregory Polanco Draws Rave Reviews From the Futures Game
Jul18

Gregory Polanco Draws Rave Reviews From the Futures Game

There’s something about the Futures Game that leads to a top Pirates prospect giving a bad first impression that doesn’t represent his skills at all. On Sunday, Gregory Polanco started in center field for the World team. Polanco went 0-for-1 with a walk, but the thing that stood out was his bad route on a ball hit over his head to straightaway center field. You can see the route in the video at the top of this article....

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Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates in His Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects
Jul18

Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates in His Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects

Keith Law released his mid-season top 50 prospects list today, and has three Pittsburgh Pirates on the list. Law has Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Alen Hanson as top 50 guys, which has been about the same as every other list we’ve seen. Taillon comes in at number 13, up from his pre-season ranking of 20. Law notes that Taillon can be too easy to hit due to lack of life on his fastball. Polanco was ranked 17th, up from...

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