First Pitch: Who Will the Pirates Call Up When Rosters Expand?
Aug27

First Pitch: Who Will the Pirates Call Up When Rosters Expand?

In a little less than a week, rosters will expand around baseball, allowing teams to carry up to 40 guys on the active roster, being limited to anyone on the 40-man roster. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, this will almost certainly mean the arrival of some bullpen arms to help out, along with some extra bench players, and the return of Gregory Polanco. Rosters expand on September 1st, at which point we should see a lot of moves (Polanco...

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Four Indianapolis Indians Selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game
Jul02

Four Indianapolis Indians Selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game

The Indianapolis Indians have placed four players in the Triple-A All-Star game. Outfielder Chris Dickerson, infielder Matt Hague, left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver, and right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler will all represent the Indians for the International League team. Dickerson has a .315/.404/.482 line in 222 at-bats with six homers. This is the third time he’s been selected to a minor league All-Star team, but the first since...

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Prospect Report: Andy Oliver adjusts to closer role
Jun29

Prospect Report: Andy Oliver adjusts to closer role

For nearly his entire career, the only thing keeping Andy Oliver from being a successful Major League pitcher is control. This struggle continued early this season, as he walked 10 hitters in his first eight game, including five in his first two appearances. After starting the season in relief, Oliver has finally settled into a role that has treated him well as of late. Since moving into the closer role on May 29, Oliver has seen a...

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First Pitch: Indianapolis Providing Depth For the Pirates
May04

First Pitch: Indianapolis Providing Depth For the Pirates

Dominance in the middle of the order Though Gregory Polanco has stolen most of the thunder this season in Indianapolis, Andrew Lambo has been almost equally as impressive. Polanco had a 10-game hit streak earlier in the season and has been the talk of the town with visits from ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo. This attention fails in comparison to the excitement and the buzz that Polanco’s future promotion to Pittsburgh has caused...

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Andy Oliver Dominating, But Still Has Questions With His Control
May03

Andy Oliver Dominating, But Still Has Questions With His Control

For former top prospect Andy Oliver, the only thing that is keeping him out of the Major Leagues is control, or lack there of. While he led the International League in strikeouts with 138 in 2013, he also blew away the competition with his league leading 112 walks. In fact, Oliver had more walks than hits allowed. He only allowed 99 hits in his 124.1 innings. Though on the surface, it doesn’t appear that Oliver has seen much...

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