Pirates Option Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis
Mar27

Pirates Option Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis. Cumpton had a good Spring, working out of the starting rotation. However, he never really had a shot to make the Pirates’ Opening Day roster, since their rotation looked set heading into camp. He will provide the team with strong early season depth in the event of an injury, or if Edinson Volquez struggles in the rotation. Cumpton would...

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The Pirates Could Be Active on the Trade Market in the Next Week
Mar25

The Pirates Could Be Active on the Trade Market in the Next Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a big wave of cuts today, putting the Spring Training roster at 31 players. That includes Chris Stewart, who is projected to start the season on the disabled list. That leaves five more cuts remaining before Opening Day. Neal Huntington said today that the team could make the final cuts in Philadelphia over the weekend. “As hard as our decisions were last night and at the end of today, we’ve...

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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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