Does Tony Sanchez Have a Throwing Problem?
Jun14

Does Tony Sanchez Have a Throwing Problem?

Last night there were a lot of people on Twitter calling for the Pirates to replace Michael McKenry with Tony Sanchez. On one side you’ve got McKenry, who is pretty established to be a liability with the running game. On the other side you’ve got Tony Sanchez, who has strong defense that could allow him to play in the majors today. I’m not going to talk about how well he’s hitting, because I don’t think...

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Prospect Trends — Turning Around Flagging Careers

The Pirates have several minor leaguers working to revive stalled careers.  Surprisingly, the organization now has better depth in hitters than pitchers at the upper levels.  Or maybe I should say “healthy pitchers.” The Good Chase d’Arnaud, SS (AAA):  It’s a step forward for d’Arnaud just to be back on the field, but he’s hit well since returning.  That’s good to see, because hitters often...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Trounce Yankees, Adames 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 9, Yankees2  1 Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (3-0, 2.40) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, 1B (.313) – 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI,  SB...

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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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