First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond
Dec16

First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day.¬†Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it out for the final spot. Beyond those six pitchers,...

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Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Didn’t Perform Like Top Prospects in the AFL, But Should That Matter?
Nov15

Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Didn’t Perform Like Top Prospects in the AFL, But Should That Matter?

The 2014 Arizona Fall League wrapped up on Thursday for the Pittsburgh Pirates prospects and now it’s time to look back on the season. For the two top prospects in the system, the AFL season could be called disappointing. Tyler Glasnow did not pitch like one of the top prospects in baseball, while Josh Bell didn’t hit at all and his defense was below average at first base. Each of these players should be better from the...

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AFL: Tyler Glasnow’s Final Start Doesn’t Go Well
Nov12

AFL: Tyler Glasnow’s Final Start Doesn’t Go Well

On Wednesday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Tyler Glasnow made his seventh start of the season and it didn’t go well. Ever since he put together three straight shutout performances, Glasnow has had issues with control and high pitch counts. All three Pittsburgh Pirates hitters were in the lineup on Wednesday. Scottsdale lost a one-sided game to Surprise, dropping them to 11-20 on the season. The Scorpions have just one...

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AFL: Josh Bell Continues to Struggle on Offense and Defense in 8-4 Loss
Nov10

AFL: Josh Bell Continues to Struggle on Offense and Defense in 8-4 Loss

The Arizona Fall League began the last week of action on Monday afternoon. Thomas Harlan was on the mound for Scottsdale, while Josh Bell and Dan Gamache were both in the starting lineup. Adrian Sampson came in to pitch in relief. There was no AFL recap on Saturday because no Pirates players saw action. Scottsdale lost that game 5-1 and lost again on Monday to Salt River by an 8-4 score, dropping them to 11-18 on the season. There are...

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AFL: Josh Bell Collects Two Hits As Scottsdale Gets Eliminated From Playoffs
Nov05

AFL: Josh Bell Collects Two Hits As Scottsdale Gets Eliminated From Playoffs

On Wednesday night in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale took on first place Salt River and had a 4-0 lead after the first inning, only to lose 8-4 and get eliminated from the playoffs. Josh Bell was the DH and the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. Adrian Sampson pitched in relief. There are seven games left in the AFL season. Bell had a bases loaded single in the first inning, driving in two runs. He came around...

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