First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Volquez, Sanchez, and Depth
Mar20

First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Volquez, Sanchez, and Depth

I don’t really have a central theme for the night, but have a few thoughts to expand upon today’s articles, along with some thoughts on tonight’s game. **Wandy Rodriguez going four innings tonight was big. The rotation looks much better with Rodriguez looking healthy this year. If he can return and look like he did with the Pirates before his injury, that will be a big boost to the rotation. Brandon Cumpton going 4.2...

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Polanco Tops MLB Pipeline’s Top 20 Pirates List
Mar12

Polanco Tops MLB Pipeline’s Top 20 Pirates List

MLB Pipeline released their top 20 list of Pittsburgh Pirates prospects today and Gregory Polanco heads the group. Almost every prospect ranking had Polanco ahead of Jameson Taillon, so this ranking is no surprise. The Pirates placed six players in MLB’s top 100 list and this latest ranking has them in the same order. After Polanco and Taillon, Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Alen Hanson and Josh Bell round out the top six. It...

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The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball
Mar11

The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball

During the first week of Spring Training, I was watching the Major League pitchers doing their daily throwing programs, commonly referred to as long toss. For me, this time period involves snapping pictures for Instagram, waiting for players to start throwing bullpens, and taking notes on what I see the players throwing or working on during their flat ground sessions. On this particular afternoon I noticed Charlie Morton and Brandon...

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Spring Training Starters and TV Schedule
Feb23

Spring Training Starters and TV Schedule

Clint Hurdle has announced the starting pitchers for the first week of Spring Training games. If you missed it from earlier, the pitchers and lineups for Tuesday’s Black & Gold game have been announced as well. On Wednesday against the New York Yankees, Francisco Liriano will start and pitch two innings. He will be followed by Edinson Volquez, Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, Jared Hughes, ┬áDuke Welker, Josh Kinney...

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Brandon Cumpton: From Early Season Disaster to Great MLB Depth
Feb22

Brandon Cumpton: From Early Season Disaster to Great MLB Depth

If you would have told me during the first week of the 2013 season that Brandon Cumpton would have played an important depth role with the Pittsburgh Pirates, I would have thought: 1. The Pirates were going to have a disaster of a year. or 2. You were crazy. Cumpton had a horrible start to the 2013 season. He gave up eight earned runs in 9.2 innings of work in his first two starts in Altoona, and all of this despite returning to the...

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