Taillon, Sadler, and Cunningham Are Eastern League All-Stars
Jun26

Taillon, Sadler, and Cunningham Are Eastern League All-Stars

The Altoona Curve will be sending three players to the Eastern League All-Star game, with Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler, and Jarek Cunningham all being named to the team today. Taillon has been an All-Star each year of his pro career. He was selected to the team in West Virginia in 2011, and again in Bradenton in 2012. The right-hander has a 2.93 ERA in 76.2 innings this year, along with an 80:31 K/BB ratio. This is the first time...

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Is Nick Kingham a Future Top of the Rotation Starter?
Jun26

Is Nick Kingham a Future Top of the Rotation Starter?

For years the Pirates have gone with a strategy of drafting projectable prep pitchers in the middle rounds, giving them above-slot bonuses, and hoping they develop into a great pitcher one day. There are plenty of examples of this happening. Go through the history of top college pitchers and you’ll find tons of guys who were either drafted low out of high school, or weren’t even drafted at all. Perhaps the biggest example...

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DSL Prospect Watch: One De La Cruz Returns, The Other Continues Impressive Start
Jun26

DSL Prospect Watch: One De La Cruz Returns, The Other Continues Impressive Start

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 4, Marlins 2 Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (3-1, 2.52) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, SS (.290) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI Other Notable...

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Danny Collins and Barrett Barnes Win Player of the Week Awards
Jun25

Danny Collins and Barrett Barnes Win Player of the Week Awards

Danny Collins and Barrett Barnes have both won player of the week awards in their respective leagues. Barnes was named the South Atlantic Player of the Week, while Collins was named the New York-Penn League Player of the Week. Barnes hit .350 with two homers and nine RBIs in four games. The SAL had a shortened week due to the All-Star break. Barnes came up big in one game, homering twice, which fueled his chances of winning the award....

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Why a Four-Man Pirates Rotation Could Work
Jun25

Why a Four-Man Pirates Rotation Could Work

The Pirates’ rotation situation will probably work itself out. The discussion about Gerrit Cole potentially returning to Triple-A so the Pirates will have six starters available is just this week’s version of Pittsburgh’s least exciting game show: What Should The Pirates Do With Their Rotation? In previous episodes, the correct answer was: Someone Gets Hurt. Wandy Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez leave a game after one...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Down Cardinals In Extra Innings
Jun25

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Down Cardinals In Extra Innings

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 6, Phillies 2 Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (1-3, 5.30) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, 1B (.259) – 2-for-2,  2B, 3 RBI, HBP...

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