Sorry, Jeff Locke, You Won’t Keep Dominating

Jeff Locke, let’s talk. Heh. Rhymes. Jeff, your pitching has played a role of significance in the Pirates’ 26-18 start and a spot in the playoffs if Bud Selig took ether and ended the season on May 21. You have pitched five quality starts in your last six outings in the last month, allowing an average of fewer than four hits per start. Combine those with your earlier starts, and you find yourself 11th of 59 qualified NL...

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After a Rough Start, Alen Hanson Has Done a Complete 180

Ground balls are supposed to lead to easy outs. When you see a routine grounder hit to shortstop, you expect an out. There’s usually no feeling that the play could go wrong. You get ready to write “6-3″ in your scorebook, even before the play is finished. There’s a reason they call it “routine”. That wasn’t the case with Alen Hanson early in the season. Hanson’s defense at the start of...

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Barmes Makes Adjustment, Improves at the Plate

The common (and mostly correct) assessment of what Clint Barmes brings to the Pirates is that he’s a player who provides a capable defensive option at shortstop but brings little to the table with his bat. One just needs to look to his 0 for 3 performance on Sunday against Houston to see that. Barmes was never intended to be a player Pittsburgh looked to as a vital piece of its lineup, as made evident by his usual appearance in...

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Reid Brignac Traded to the Yankees

Jon Heyman tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Minnesota Twins are two teams who could have interest in infielder Reid Brignac. #pirates and #twins are among teams that could have interest in @reidbrignac — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 17, 2013 Brignac was recently designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies after hitting for a .250/.294/.375 line in 48 at-bats. In his career in the majors he has a .228/.270/.321...

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Prospect Trends: AAA Depth and WV Prospects Going in Different Directions

It’s received wisdom these days that AAA teams serve more as taxi squads for their parent teams than as prospect development vehicles.  Most teams in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues are made up primarily of players who are beyond the prospect stage, but who could be useful in the majors under the right circumstances, usually injuries.  Indianapolis is no different this year.  Although minor league W/L records...

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Injury Update: Morton, Karstens and McDonald

A quick update on some of the Pirates’ pitchers recovering from injury: – Charlie Morton pitched Thursday for Altoona, going four innings while allowing two hits (both home runs) and two runs (both earned) with one walk and one strikeout. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said Morton is on a five-day rotation with three more rehab starts scheduled and that his next start will be for Triple-A Indianapolis. – Jeff...

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