First Pitch: What to do About Jonathan Sanchez in the Short-Term?

Francisco Liriano had a great start on Thursday. He threw five innings for Indianapolis, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts. Jonathan Sanchez didn’t have a good start on Friday. He was ejected from his start after allowing two homers in the first inning, then hitting Allen Craig with a pitch. For Sanchez, that wasn’t a fluke. On the season he has given up 16 earned runs in 11.1 innings....

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Prospect Watch: Pimentel With Another Shutout Start, Bell Hits Third Homer

Top Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, Top Hitter: Josh Bell, HR: Josh Bell

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Minor League Schedule: 4/24/13

Today’s Starters: Kris Johnson, Andy Oliver, Stolmy Pimentel, Tyler Glasnow

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Prospect Notebook: Pirates Won’t Hold Oliver Back, Cole Having Command Issues

One of the top starters in the minor league system this year has been Andy Oliver. His start last week was the highest game score in the minor league system this year, and it was the second of three weeks where he was the top pitcher. Oliver was acquired from the Detroit Tigers over the off-season in a one-for-one trade for catching prospect Ramon Cabrera. He was a second rounder in the 2009 draft, taken by Detroit 58th overall. He...

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First Pitch: Time to Start Looking at the Bullpen Depth

If there’s one thing the Pirates have been good at, it has been finding relievers. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and even guys like Jeanmar Gomez and Vin Mazzaro have come cheap for their production. Those bullpen scouting skills look like they will be put to the test this year. Tom Bragg wrote today about how the bullpen has been over-worked, noting that a lot of the current relievers are on pace for career innings totals. If...

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