First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH
Jun23

First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH

This week’s podcast went up today, and on the show we talked about whether Gregory Polanco or Jameson Taillon should come up in September. The argument for Taillon was that the Pirates should be “all hands on deck”, and he could provide value out of the bullpen with a 99 MPH fastball and a plus curveball. At one point in the conversation, I mentioned something along the lines of how the Pirates don’t have a...

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Alex Presley Optioned to Triple-A, Duke Welker Recalled
Jun20

Alex Presley Optioned to Triple-A, Duke Welker Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Triple-A and have recalled right-handed reliever Duke Welker, according to Travis Sawchik. Pirates have optioned Alex Presley, calling up Duke Welker — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) June 20, 2013 The move was probably made to give the bullpen an extra arm after last night’s extra innings game, and with rookie Brandon Cumpton on the mound today. Welker was...

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Prospect Trends: Hanson’s Getting It in Gear While Pimentel’s Going the Other Way

The farm system as a whole has been in something of a slump for a week or so, but a couple of former prospects are showing some power at the upper levels and one of the team’s top prospects is overcoming a bad start.  Meanwhile, the bullpen depth has taken a hit lately. The Good Matt Hague, 1B (AAA):  He’s past the prospect stage, but Hague could still rate consideration for a callup if the Pirates suffered a couple of...

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Prospect Notebook: Cole Making Progress, But Still Needs Those Strikeouts

At the start of the year, the expectation from most Pirates fans was for Gerrit Cole to go to Triple-A as a formality, just long enough to get an extra year of control and avoid Super Two status. As it turned out, Cole had some work to do at the level before he could be considered for the majors. In his first four starts, the right-hander dealt with command issues, leading to long innings. Cole wasn’t giving up a lot of runs,...

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Pirates Relief Pitching Prospects Drawing Interest?

Peter Gammons (via Will Flemming on Twitter) said on MLB Network that 10 teams were at Victory Field this weekend, looking at Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitching prospects Vic Black and Duke Welker. ON MLB Network, Peter Gammons reporting that more than 10 teams were at Victory Field this weekend looking at Vic Black and @The5thWelker — Will Flemming (@WillFlemming) May 14, 2013 Both Black and Welker are hard throwers, with their...

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