First Look at Pirates’ Taiwanese Left-Hander Yao-Hsun Yang (Video)
Feb16

First Look at Pirates’ Taiwanese Left-Hander Yao-Hsun Yang (Video)

Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates signed left-handed pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang (pronounced Young) to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. I talked with Yang through a translator yesterday afternoon to learn a bit more about his pitches and his decision to come to the US. “I had been playing in Japan for several years, and right now I want to go for a higher level, so I came here,” Yang said. He had suffered...

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See Why Joely Rodriguez Was Added to the 40-Man Roster (Video)
Feb16

See Why Joely Rodriguez Was Added to the 40-Man Roster (Video)

Joely Rodriguez has some nice stuff for a left-hander. He throws his fastball in the 91-94 MPH range, and hit 96 MPH last year. His changeup has shown some improvements, with late, sharp tailing action. His slider has some good break, and is a weapon to shut down left-handers. Rodriguez has good movement on all of his pitches, as seen in the video. The Pirates added him to the 40-man roster this off-season to protect him from the Rule...

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The Pirates 2014 Focus: Improving the Consistency of the Offense
Feb16

The Pirates 2014 Focus: Improving the Consistency of the Offense

It seems that every Spring Training the last few years has had a theme. Last year the focus was on controlling the running game, which came a season after teams were stealing bases at-will on the Pirates. The year before the focus was the importance of pitching inside. The Pirates did a better job with each improvement, especially with their focus on catching runners last year. Russell Martin was brought in for his defense, and ended...

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Gerrit Cole Pitching Will Make You Forget About Snow (Video)
Feb15
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Edinson Volquez Throwing Plus Change, Curveball For Strikes (Video)
Feb15

Edinson Volquez Throwing Plus Change, Curveball For Strikes (Video)

Edinson Volquez threw a bullpen today, which was his second bullpen of Spring Training.┬áToday was the first time since camp began that Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a chance to watch Volquez throw a bullpen. He had seem him throw before, including about a month ago in mini-camp. “I thought it was clean and efficient,” Hurdle said of today’s session. Russell Martin caught Volquez, and said that he could...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Spring Training Schedule
Feb15

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Spring Training Schedule

Spring Training started for pitchers and catchers in Major League camp this week. By the end of the month, everyone will report to Major League camp. Meanwhile, minor leaguers started practicing yesterday, and their Spring Training schedule kicks off in early March. Below is the schedule for all of the minor league games. All games are held at Pirate City, and entrance is free. Each day features at least two games. Either the Triple-A...

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