• Is Stetson Allie a Future All-Star, Platoon Player, or Minor League Director?

    Stetson Allie has been one of the best stories in the Pirates' minor league system this year. I get asked all the time why he's not a top 20 prospect yet, when he'll be moved up to Double-A, and even what he could become in the future. I'm generally hesitant to give...

  • Snider’s Grand Slam Explodes Twitter, Or Does It?

    I think one of the great things about the way we use technology to follow sports is the ability to take a step back and observe the way the masses react to memorable moments. In the case of Travis Snider's grand slam in the sixth inning of the Pirates' 5-4 win against...

  • Sorry, Jeff Locke, You Won’t Keep Dominating

    Jeff Locke says he has "gotten much better" over the last two years. 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...

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

    Alen Hanson has done a complete 180 both offensively and defensively since being benched for a few games in April. 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....

  • 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...

  • 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. https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/335436560768049153 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...

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

    Tony Sanchez currently sports a .936 OPS 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...

  • Injury Update: Morton, Karstens and McDonald

    A quick update on some of the Pirates' pitchers recovering from injury: Jeff Karstens is scheduled to start for Altoona on Saturday. -- 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...

  • Red Sox Knew Joel Hanrahan Was an Injury Risk

      The Red Sox knew that there were health issues when they traded for Hanrahan. Per MLBTR, Buster Olney was on the Mut & Merloni radio show in Boston, and spoke during the interview about the Joel Hanrahan trade. Olney mentioned that the Red Sox, along with "many teams", were aware that...

  • Pirates Pregame: Alvarez, Barmes Sit Against Gallardo

    Pedro Alvarez and Clint Barmes will both sit today in favor of Brandon Inge and recently-recalled Jordy Mercer. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the move was made because Alvarez and Barmes historically have struggled against Milwaukee starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Clint Barmes is out of the lineup against the Brewers and pitcher...

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