Gerrit Cole looks strong in first Triple-A rehab start
Jul29

Gerrit Cole looks strong in first Triple-A rehab start

It’s not often you want to make things harder for a pitcher, but that’s exactly what Indianapolis Indians catcher Tony Sanchez said he did for right-hander Gerrit Cole during Monday’s International League baseball game at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. “I want him to work for the out. I want him to make sure he can throw his fastball to his arm side and get the fastball in to righties,” said Sanchez after Cole made his first of two...

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Injury Updates: Harold Ramirez, Connor Joe, Barrett Barnes, Austin Coley
Jul24

Injury Updates: Harold Ramirez, Connor Joe, Barrett Barnes, Austin Coley

The 2014 season has been the year of the injury for the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system. Here are the latest updates on four notable prospects who have gone down this month with injuries. **Harold Ramirez has been out with a stress reaction in his shin. He has been out since July 1st. Earlier in the year he missed a little over a month with a hamstring injury. **Connor Joe, who was taken with the number 39 pick this year, has...

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Minor Moves: Orlando Castro Placed on the Altoona DL
Jul24

Minor Moves: Orlando Castro Placed on the Altoona DL

The Altoona Curve and West Virginia Power have announced the following moves over the last day: Altoona **Orlando Castro placed on the DL, retro July 21st, with left shoulder fatigue. Castro was promoted to Altoona in the last month, but has struggled at the new level. This has been standard for him at a new level, and each time he returns the next year to have success in the rotation. Castro was dealing with some dead arm around...

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Barrett Barnes Promoted to Bradenton
Jul11

Barrett Barnes Promoted to Bradenton

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Barrett Barnes has been promoted to the Bradenton Marauders. On Tuesday I wrote about how Barnes could possibly be moved up after coming off the disabled list. He hasn’t played above West Virginia, which is where he started the year before going down with a hamstring injury. Barnes is expected to play center field. The promotion is a bit aggressive in the sense that Barnes has struggled at...

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Austin Meadows Finally Heading to West Virginia
Jul11

Austin Meadows Finally Heading to West Virginia

According to his Twitter account, Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows is heading to West Virginia. West Virginia here I come! Blessed to make it to this point! — Austin Meadows (@austin_meadows) July 11, 2014 Meadows played his final rehab game last night for Bristol, and also played his first complete game. Usually the Pirates have players play anywhere from 1-3 full games before returning. It appears that...

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Gerrit Cole Placed on Disabled List, Brandon Cumpton Recalled
Jul09

Gerrit Cole Placed on Disabled List, Brandon Cumpton Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed starter Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list and recalled pitcher Brandon Cumpton to start tonight’s game. Cole left his last start early due to right lat soreness. The move was made retroactive to July 5th and due to the All-Star break, there is a chance that Cole could miss just one start. Cumpton will face the St Louis Cardinals tonight. He has made nine starts for the...

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