Prospect Watch: Rehab is the Theme For Monday’s Minor League Games
Jul08

Prospect Watch: Rehab is the Theme For Monday’s Minor League Games

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Francisco Liriano shines in rehab appearance
Jul08

Francisco Liriano shines in rehab appearance

After allowing three hard hits in a row, Francisco Liriano settled down and was dominant in Monday’s rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis. In six shutout innings, Liriano allowed just three hits, while striking out eight, including six of the last seven to finish the outing. He also did not walk a batter. “Everything felt good,” Liriano said. “It is really good to be back.” His fastball was sitting between 93-95, while his...

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First Pitch: The Tough Decisions When Francisco Liriano Returns
Jul06

First Pitch: The Tough Decisions When Francisco Liriano Returns

In the upcoming weeks, Francisco Liriano will be returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ rotation, with his return currently anticipated for just after the All-Star break. The Pirates are getting good starts from their entire rotation, which will lead to a difficult decision when Liriano returns. The current rotation consists of Gerrit Cole, Jeff Locke, Charlie Morton, Edinson Volquez, and Vance Worley. Of that group, only Locke...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Second Half Pitching Depth
Jun29

First Pitch: The Pirates Second Half Pitching Depth

A big reason why the Pittsburgh Pirates were successful last season was due to their pitching staff, and more specifically, the depth of their staff. Every time a starting pitcher went down, someone was there to step in and keep the team afloat. The depth in 2014 has also been strong, although the story isn’t exactly the same for the guys that are being replaced. The Opening Day rotation included Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole,...

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Pirates Place Francisco Liriano on the DL, Activate Stolmy Pimentel
Jun11

Pirates Place Francisco Liriano on the DL, Activate Stolmy Pimentel

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Francisco Liriano on the disabled list and have activated Stolmy Pimentel off the DL. Liriano suffered an oblique injury last night, and the time he will spend on the DL is unknown at this point. Pimentel got two rehab appearances, with his last one being three shutout innings in Altoona, giving up three hits, one walk, and striking out five. It will be interesting to see what the Pirates do to...

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