2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster

The Fall Instructional Leagues (“instructs”) will start at the end of this month, starting on September 17th and ending October 19th. Instructs is a time for the minor league players to review their 2012 seasons, add new pitches, refine old pitches, or add new positions on the field. It’s also a chance to get extra playing time, with games taking place against other teams, similar to minor league Spring Training. The...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Projected Super Two Players

According to CAA on Twitter (via MLBTR), the projected cutoff date for Super Two players is expected to be two years and 139 days. This doesn’t really impact the Pittsburgh Pirates much. Neil Walker, who entered the year with one year and 166 days of service time, was always going to be a Super Two player. None of the other players on the roster were close to the Super Two cutoff. Travis Snider started the year with two years...

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Pirates Notebook: Streak Gets to Six; Karstens Moved to Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates losing streak reached a season-high six games on Wednesday after falling 2-1 to Cincinnati. While the pitching staff kept the club in the game, the offense continues to struggle. That has been the story during the streak for the Pirates. Aside from losing 12-2 in the blow out on Friday against Chicago, Pittsburgh lost each of their next five games by two runs or less. The Bucco bats have failed to score more...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Release 2013 Regular Season Schedule

The Pirates today released the 2013 regular season schedule. The Bucs open up the season at PNC Park versus Chicago Cubs on Monday, April 1. In addition there will be a total of 39 N.L. Central Divisional home games throughout the regular season – including the first nine home games of the season — against the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds as the five teams battle for the...

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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 view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball...

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McCutchen Showing Signs of Sparking on Offense

Despite the offensive struggles from the Pirates over the past several weeks, Andrew McCutchen looks like he’s getting back on track. And the team needs him to do so. Pittsburgh has lost 21 of their past 30 games, which includes a four game losing streak after Cincinnati walked off in extras on Monday night. But in that game, Andrew McCutchen finished 2-for-5 with a home run and two walks (one intentional). McCutchen’s...

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