AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014
Oct03

AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014

Left-handed Pitcher Tom Harlan spent the first year and a half of his minor league career as a reliever, and was extremely efficient. At Low A West Virginia in 2013, Harlan had a 2.27 ERA in 74 innings to go along with an impressive 74/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2014, 24-year-old Harlan continued his success out of the bullpen in High A Bradenton, posting a 2.49 ERA with a 41/9 k/bb rate in 50.2 innings pitched. This success...

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AFL to be Used as a Testing Ground for Faster Games
Oct02

AFL to be Used as a Testing Ground for Faster Games

Major League Baseball has some ideas on how to speed up the game and they plan to try them out during the Arizona Fall League. The following rules will be in place when teams take the field for the AFL Opener on Tuesday: – Intentional walks can now just be called for by the manager with no pitches necessary. – Shorter breaks between innings, with the batters getting into the batter’s box within 1:45 of the previous...

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Improved Fastball Command Propels Buddy Borden in 2014
Sep28

Improved Fastball Command Propels Buddy Borden in 2014

Right-handed pitcher Buddy Borden turned in one of the best pitching performances in the Pirates minor league system this season. In his first full season in Low-A West Virginia, the 22-year-old finished with a 3.16 ERA in 128 innings pitched, to go along with a 122/48 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Pirates selected Borden in the 7th round of the 2013 draft out of UNLV. At 6’ 3’’ 210 pounds, he has a hard fastball with good movement,...

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Wyatt Mathisen Adjusting Well to Third Base
Sep17

Wyatt Mathisen Adjusting Well to Third Base

The 2014 season presented several challenges for 20-year-old Wyatt Mathisen. Not only did he see an aggressive push up to Low A West Virginia, but also saw a position switch. When the Pirates drafted Mathisen out of high school in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft, the original plan was to have Mathisen play catcher. Because of the logjam of catching in the Pirates system, the Pirates moved Mathisen to third base. Mathisen’s athleticism...

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Pirates Name Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Pitcher and Player of the Year
Sep16

Pirates Name Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Pitcher and Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named their annual award winners for the minor league pitcher and player of the year. For the second season in a row, Tyler Glasnow walked away with the pitcher’s award. Josh Bell won the Player of the Year award for the first time. Andrew Lambo won the player award last year. Glasnow finished the season with a 1.74 ERA in 124.1 innings. He had 157 strikeouts, a 1.05 WHIP and a .174 BAA. Glasnow...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster and Schedule
Sep15

Pittsburgh Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster and Schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin the Fall Instructional League this week, commonly referred to as “instructs”.  The first games will be played on Wednesday, and the first day with full rosters in action will be on Saturday. Instructs is a league for minor league players, mostly guys in the lower levels, to get additional work at the end of the year. As the name of the league suggests, players will get additional...

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