DSL Pirates Report: Shortstop Adrian Valerio is Starting to Heat Up at the Plate
Jun15

DSL Pirates Report: Shortstop Adrian Valerio is Starting to Heat Up at the Plate

After the first week of the Dominican Summer League season, we mentioned how the team’s pitching was so bad, that it was overshadowing a strong effort on offense. The pitching was still rather poor in week two, but the Pirates went 4-2 this past week, so you could say the offense overshadowed the poor pitching. The Pirates had the worst ERA in the 36-team league until one of the Mets affiliates passed them by 0.02 on Saturday....

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Pirates are Actually Terrible Bunters
Jun12

Pirates are Actually Terrible Bunters

Bunting is a relatively big talking point in baseball circles. Saberists continue to point to data that shows bunting does more harm than good except in very specific situations.  Elsewhere, many have advocated bunting as a method of beating the shift.  And of course, botched bunts are always a popular subject for post game rage. Pirates fans have plenty to complain about when it comes to bunting. As outlined on this very site last...

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Gregory Polanco Set For Pirates Debut
Jun10

Gregory Polanco Set For Pirates Debut

Tonight we begin to separate Gregory Polanco as mythological figure from Gregory Polanco as Major Leaguer.

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Minor Moves: Yao-Hsun Yang added to Altoona Roster, Jeff Inman to Bradenton
Jun05

Minor Moves: Yao-Hsun Yang added to Altoona Roster, Jeff Inman to Bradenton

The Altoona Curve have placed pitcher Tyler Sample on the disabled list with a left ankle injury and pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang from Taiwan was added to the Curve roster. The Bradenton Marauders have placed pitcher Robby Rowland on the disabled list and added Jeff Inman to the active roster. Yang  was signed to a minor league deal over the off-season and invited to Major League Spring Training. He pitched five times and gave up three runs...

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Reese McGuire and Erich Weiss Named To SAL All-Star Game
Jun03

Reese McGuire and Erich Weiss Named To SAL All-Star Game

The South Atlantic League All-Stars were announced this morning and the West Virginia Power will send two players to the game. Catcher Reese McGuire and second baseman Erich Weiss were named to the squad. McGuire missed some time in late April/early May and was hitting .222 at the time. He has been on fire since returning, compiling a 19-game hit streak that was snapped last night. He hit .333 in 22 games in May and currently has a...

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Week In Review: 2014 Draft, Impact of Bryan Morris Trade
Jun01

Week In Review: 2014 Draft, Impact of Bryan Morris Trade

The big news this week happened right at the end, the Bryan Morris trade to the Miami Marlins. That deal gave the Pittsburgh Pirates an extra draft pick at the top of the draft. That also meant more money for their draft pool and a chance to add an impact player to an already deep system. The focus has been on the 24th overall pick for most of our draft coverage, but early on we talked about a lot of players that were getting some...

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