Prospect Highlights: Gerrit Cole Strikeout, Andrew Lambo Triple
Aug11

Prospect Highlights: Gerrit Cole Strikeout, Andrew Lambo Triple

Gerrit Cole threw six shutout innings on Sunday, retiring 18 of the 19 batters he faced in his third rehab start. He needed just 73 pitches to get through his outing, 49 went for strikes. Here, he picks up his third strikeout of the day. You’ll notice the pitch speeds are shown at the top corner of the screen. Your browser does not support iframes. Andrew Lambo went the other way on this two-run triple from Saturday night. He...

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First Pitch: Once Again, Starting Pitching is Keeping the Pirates as Contenders
Aug11

First Pitch: Once Again, Starting Pitching is Keeping the Pirates as Contenders

If you look at the season numbers, the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t have the best results from their starting rotation. They rank middle of the pack in ERA and xFIP, and rank last in the majors in WAR. However, the season numbers don’t really tell the story of the current rotation. The season numbers include Wandy Rodriguez. They include struggles from Francisco Liriano before the All-Star break. They don’t include¬†full...

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Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Continues Power Surge, Austin Meadows Heating Up
Aug11

Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Continues Power Surge, Austin Meadows Heating Up

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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Minor League Schedule: Gerrit Cole Makes Third Rehab Start For Indianapolis
Aug10

Minor League Schedule: Gerrit Cole Makes Third Rehab Start For Indianapolis

Today’s Starters: Gerrit Cole, Thomas Harlan, Chad Kuhl, Dovydas Neverauskas, Alex McRae

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First Pitch: The Red Flags Surrounding Gerrit Cole’s Rehab
Aug07

First Pitch: The Red Flags Surrounding Gerrit Cole’s Rehab

Earlier today, Clint Hurdle announced that Gerrit Cole would pitch another bullpen session, and then would make a third rehab start. As Ryan Palencer wrote on Tuesday night, Cole’s second outing didn’t go so well. It wasn’t just the stat line, but the fact that he dropped his velocity in the later innings. Overall, there are a lot of red flags surrounding the right-hander, and it’s not looking good for a quick...

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