• Pirates Pregame: Mercer’s Role and Hurdle on Strasburg

    Jordy Mercer will start at second base again today when the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Washington Nationals. Mercer, as many of you probably know by now, was called up Friday afternoon when Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list and hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the...

  • Video: Hurdle talks Mercer, Burnett After Pirates Beat Nats

    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talks about Jordy Mercer's big night in his return to Pittsburgh from Triple A Indianapolis and about A.J. Burnett's nine-strikeout performance in the Pirates' 3-1 win against the Washington Nationals.   ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our...

  • Jason Grilli Named MLB Delivery Man of the Month for April

    Jason Grilli has been named MLB's Delivery Man of the Month for the month of April. Photo credit: David Hague Remember when there was talk that Jason Grilli couldn't be a closer? Today he was named MLB's Delivery Man of the Month for the month of April. The award recognizes the best...

  • Prospect Trends: Some Turnarounds and Some Struggling Altoona Hitters

    Nick Kingham fanned 26 in his last 17 innings. A month into the minor league season, things are starting to take shape with the Pirates' full-season affiliates.  With a deep roster and very talented pitching staff, Indianapolis is dominating the International League with a 20-7 record.  By contrast, Altoona is increasingly struggling...

  • Stolmy Pimentel’s Season, In His Own Words

    Stolmy Pimentel has a 0.30 ERA in 30.1 IP. Photo Credit: Mark Olson Through three weeks in Altoona, the biggest story coming out of the AA affiliate is Stolmy Pimentel’s remarkable success.  While some of us predicted he would be effective in AA this season, the results so far are beyond all...

  • Jose Contreras Set to Join the Pirates on Friday

    Jose Contreras is set to join the Pirates on Friday. According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates plan to add Jose Contreras to the roster on Friday. https://twitter.com/BiertempfelTrib/status/329345818790334466 Contreras threw an inning in relief this morning with Indianapolis, which came shortly after throwing back-to-back days on Saturday and Sunday. So basically he's ready...

  • Jonathan Sanchez Moved to the Bullpen; Jeanmar Gomez Will Start Wednesday

    Jeanmar Gomez will start on Wednesday. Photo credit: David Hague According to Michael Sanserino and Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates will move Jonathan Sanchez to the bullpen and have Jeanmar Gomez start on Wednesday. https://twitter.com/msanserino/status/328982289780461570 https://twitter.com/BiertempfelTrib/status/328982435381534721 Biertempfel adds that Sanchez will have an appeal for his suspension on Friday. https://twitter.com/BiertempfelTrib/status/328982760733700097 Gomez will likely...

  • Russell Martin Named the NL Player of the Week

    Russell Martin has been named the NL player of the week. Photo credit: David Hague Russell Martin has been named the National League player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced this afternoon. Martin hit for a .375 average and led the National League with four homers and a .958 slugging percentage....

  • Is Jeff Locke Starting to Figure Things Out?

    Jeff Locke has thrown 13 shutout innings in his last two starts. Don't look now, but Jeff Locke has a 2.83 ERA in 28.2 innings so far this year in the majors. That number is probably too low for his actual skills. He has a 4.60 xFIP, which suggests his overall performances...

  • All’s Well with Allie in West Virginia

    His story has been told several times, but it just gets more interesting with seemingly every at-bat. Stetson Allie has an OPS of 1.093 in 19 games so far this season with West Virginia. Stetson Allie was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2010 and the club handed the...

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