Tony Sanchez Has the Defense, But Can He Hit in the Majors?

One thing that will probably always surround Tony Sanchez is the controversy of his selection in the 2009 draft. The Pirates passed on a group of highly rated prep pitchers to take Sanchez fourth overall. The selection was made for two reasons. The main reason was that the Pirates could sign Sanchez for around slot price, and use the extra money on prep pitchers in the middle round. The Pirates also liked Sanchez’s defense, and...

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2013 Could Be the Season Where Jameson Taillon is Finally Unleashed

Jameson Taillon had an up and down year in 2012. He started off the season with seven amazing outings, combining for six earned runs in 36.2 innings, with a 36:7 K/BB ratio. From there, things went steadily down hill for the next two months. The right-hander gave up 45 earned runs in 66.1 innings from May 16th to July 25th. He then turned things around at the end of the season, giving up six earned runs in 39 innings over his final...

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Contract Notes For Inge And Sanchez

It was noted on Baseball America today by Matt Eddy, that the contracts for Brandon Inge and Jonathan Sanchez has some new stipulations that came along with the latest MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new contracts come with three clauses and are applicable for any major league free agents that sign minor league deals. They are as follows: A) They must be told five days prior to Opening Day whether or not they made the team....

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Pirates Name Burnett Opening Day Starter

Clint Hurdle has announced today that A.J. Burnett will be his Opening Day starter when the Pirates take on the Chicago Cubs on Monday, April 1st at PNC Park. He has also announced that Wandy Rodriguez will get the start in game two on Wednesday night. After that, the rest of the rotation has yet to be decided. In his first season with the team last year, Burnett went 16-10, 3.51 in 31 starts, with 180 strikeouts in 202.1 innings. The...

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McPherson Rated Among Top Rookie Pitchers

Fangraphs has released their top five rookie-eligible pitchers and hitters list for the 2013 season. Kyle McPherson was placed second on their list, alongside some big name prospects. Their ZiPS line for McPherson this season has him pitching 126 innings, with a 6.2 K/9 and a 1.6 WAR. McPherson will battle it out this Spring Training for the fifth spot in the Pirates rotation. He was ranked #9 overall in our Top 20 Prospect list this...

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Larry Broadway Statement on Tyler Gaffney Returning to Stanford

Pittsburgh Pirates farm director Larry Broadway addressed Tyler Gaffney’s return to football with the following statement: “We have spoken with Tyler and he has decided to put his professional baseball career on hold in order to complete his undergraduate degree at Stanford and play his senior year with the football team.  He had nothing but positive things to say about the organization and would like to keep open the...

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