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 by any means. “I’ve seen many times in my studies of history and of life and personally, sometimes...

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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 the biggest breakout players in all of baseball this year, hitting for a .309/.381/.528 line in 489 at-bats in the South Atlantic...

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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 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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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 scouting reports can be read here for subscribers. Luis Heredia was the number two prospect in the league, falling behind...

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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 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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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 Clint Hurdle’s final rotation to end the season had his name left out of it. Karstens will be...

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