How Did Vic Black Get His Unusual Delivery?

The majority of Pirates fans haven’t had many chances to see Vic Black pitch. They’ve probably seen the numbers, highlighted by a 1.65 ERA and an 85:29 K/BB ratio in 60 innings in Altoona last year. They might have heard of his fastball, which usually sits in the 96-98 MPH range, and has touched triple digits. He’s been on top prospect lists, is named as one of the top relief prospects in the system, and was added to...

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Pirates Projected Among NL’s Top Four Benches

When we last left the Pirates’ pinch hitters, they were bringing down the team’s offense with an astounding lack of punch. The Pirates hit .176 in pinch-hitting situations last season, with just two home runs in 227 at-bats, both second to last in the National League. The main culprits in the Bucs’ dreadful hitting off the bench were the players that got the most pinch-hit chances: Josh Harrison (4-for-29), Jeff...

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The Transformation of Phil Irwin From a 21st Round Pick to a Legit Prospect

When the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Phil Irwin, he was known as the other pitcher from Mississippi in the 2009 draft. The Pirates also selected Nate Baker in the 5th round that year. Baker and Irwin were the number two and three starters in the Ole Miss rotation in 2009, with the ace of the staff being 2010 first rounder Drew Pomeranz. Irwin was taken in the 21st round. A college pitcher taken in the 21st round usually doesn’t...

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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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