• 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...

  • Stolmy Pimentel Dominating Double-A Hitters With His Stuff

    Stolmy Pimentel has an 0.39 ERA in 23.1 innings for Altoona. Stolmy Pimentel is off to a great start with the Altoona Curve this season. After throwing six shutout innings today, the right-hander has a 0.39 ERA in 23.1 innings, with a 23:13 K/BB ratio and just 13 hits allowed for a...

  • A Lot Being Asked of Pirates’ Bullpen

    Consistency has been a problem for the Pirates this season. The offense needed more than a week to find its stride and the starting pitching (outside of A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez) has been hit and miss. One aspect of Pittsburgh's club that actually has been consistent has been the strong work...

  • One Day FREE Fantasy Contest – $300 in cash prizes

    If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a new way to play fantasy baseball that turns the season long grind into quick one night leagues.  And the best part is that you can win cash every single day.  You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the...

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