• McDonald Steps Away From Game to Get on Track

    James McDonald has made just one appearance out of the bullpen after he was replaced  in the rotation with Kyle McPherson on Sept 16, two days after his final start of the season against the Chicago Cubs. The move was not only to for the organization to get a look at the rookie...

  • Evaluations Being Completed On Second Straight Collapse

    'I'm easy to please, and hard to satisfy,' has been Manager Clint Hurdle's MO since he took over as skipper prior to the 2011 season. And prior to Sunday's finale with the Reds, Hurdle said there have been some things that have pleased him this year, but he's not satisfied with the season...

  • Alen Hanson and Nathan Kilcrease Nominated For Awards

    The West Virginia Power announced today that two players from the 2012 roster have been nominated for season-ending awards by MiLB.com. Alen Hanson is one of 12 nominees for Breakout Prospect of the Year and Nathan Kilcrease has been nominated for the Relief Pitcher of the Year award. Hanson was one of...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Tommy Hanson

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Pirates Have Three in NYPL Top 20 Prospects List

    Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates placed four prospects in the top 20 of Baseball America's 2012 Gulf Coast League list. This week their lower level prospects received more recognition from Baseball America, placing three prospects on the 2012 New York Penn League top 20 list. The list can be seen here, and...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Paul Maholm

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Pirates Exploring How Karstens Fits in the Picture

    After battling through several injuries this season -- a right shoulder injury that sidelined him for nearly two months and a hip flexor injury twice -- when Jeff Karstens finally got back healthy, his role with the club was moved into the bullpen. And that's where the right-hander will finish the season as Manager...

  • Marte Takes Big Strides in His Rookie Season

    When rookie Starling Marte was promoted to the big leagues for his long awaited debut on July 26th, Manager Clint Hurdle gave the young outfielder advice -- to respect everything and fear nothing. The message seemed to have soaked in when he stepped to the plate for the first time in the...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Homer Bailey

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – R.A. Dickey

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

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