A Healthy Clement Ready for Opportunity with Pittsburgh

It’s been a long journey back to the big leagues for Jeff Clement. But on Friday, the first baseman was given the opportunity to battle his way back when the Pirates selected him from Triple-A Indianapolis to join the club in Pittsburgh. Clement, who was Pittsburgh’s Opening Day first baseman in 2010, made his last appearance in a Major League game with the Pirates on August 20, 2010. The first baseman battled injures and...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Mike Fiers

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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Kingham’s Recent Success a Result of Increased Confidence

In order to succeed in baseball, confidence is key. Whether you go through a rough stretch or a hot streak, belief in yourself when on the mound is huge. Right-handed prospect Nick Kingham said that confidence is the result of what has allowed him to post just a 1.50 ERA over his last seven starts at Low-A West Virginia. “It’s not easy,” Pitching Coach Willie Glen said of having confidence. “You go out there, and you...

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Zack Von Rosenberg Still Dealing With Fastball Inconsistency

Instead of heading to the minors after spring training ended, the Pirates organization decided to keep Zack Von Rosenberg in extended Spring Training to focus on two things: keeping the ball down and repeating his delivery. The right-hander worked hard and joined Low-A West Virginia on June 4th. “Just being consistent and attacking hitters, mainly get themselves out,” Von Rosenberg said on what he worked on in Bradenton,...

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Pirates Notebook: First Inning Runs off Bucs Unfortunate Trend

  The Pittsburgh Pirates first inning woes continued on Wednesday after James McDonald allowed San Diego to plate three runs in the opening frame. The first inning struggle has been somewhat of a trend for the Bucs as of late. In each of the opening frames against the Padres over the three game set, the starters have allowed at least two runs to touch home plate. Over their last five games, the club has allowed the opposing team...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Andrew Werner

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. Statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs . Wednesday, 6:35 PM – Andrew Werner No PITCHf/x Data Available 2012 (AAA)   IP 23.1 K/PA 19.6% BB/PA 5.9% HR/9 0.39 GB% 55.3% Whiff% N/A ERA 5.79 FIP 2.81 Werner was an undrafted free agent who got his start in professional baseball by spending...

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