The Book on Andrew Lambo
Aug13

The Book on Andrew Lambo

Andrew Lambo is finally free. The Pirates will call the right fielder up today after watching him hit 31 homers in the minors this year. Lambo became the first Pirates minor leaguer to do that since Steve Pearce in 2007. The story of how Lambo got to this point isn’t a traditional prospect story. He was formerly a top prospect, saw his stock fall, saw that stock stay low for a few years, and finally started to show his potential...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?
Aug13

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?

There has been a lot of talk from various Pirates writers about having the “best 25″ in Pittsburgh. You could make a strong argument that the Pirates didn’t always have the best 25 players on the active roster this year. In some cases the upgrades were minor, such as upgrading the last two spots on the bench by getting rid of John McDonald and Brandon Inge. In other cases, the upgrades were more substantial. I feel...

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Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Sets a Record; Kris Johnson Pitches a Gem
Aug08

Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Sets a Record; Kris Johnson Pitches a Gem

Top Pitcher: Kris Johnson, Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, HR: None

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Pirates Notebook: Giancarlo Stanton Was “Relaxed” Amid Trade Rumors
Aug07

Pirates Notebook: Giancarlo Stanton Was “Relaxed” Amid Trade Rumors

Picture Giancarlo Stanton. Nope, he’s bigger than that. The Marlins’ hulking, slugging right fielder is built like an NFL tight end, and maybe he would be one right now had pesky ol’ baseball not gotten in the way. In his salad days as Mike Stanton, he was a great high school wide receiver recruited by schools like USC. Now the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Stanton does not catch bombs, he launches them, hitting 37 home runs...

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First Pitch: The Bench Has (Almost) Been Fully Upgraded
Aug07

First Pitch: The Bench Has (Almost) Been Fully Upgraded

One of the big areas of need for the Pirates leading up to the deadline was the bench. For a long stretch the Pirates had a weak hitting bench, with Michael McKenry, Brandon Inge, Clint Barmes, and Travis Snider all struggling to hit. The only other hitter on the bench was either Gaby Sanchez, who can’t hit right-handers, or Garrett Jones, who can’t hit left-handers, depending on who was playing that day in the platoon....

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