Pirate City Notes: Cole Goes 5, Kingham vs Polanco, Heredia Starts
Mar17

Pirate City Notes: Cole Goes 5, Kingham vs Polanco, Heredia Starts

There is a huge storm north of Bradenton, with an 80 percent chance of rain today. Because of this, the Pirates cancelled their minor league games against the Phillies, and had two intrasquad games at Pirate City this afternoon, moving the games up to 9:00 AM instead of the usual 1:00 PM start time. There were a lot of good pitchers to watch, and a lot of good matchups throughout the day. At the end of the day, Gerrit Cole and Tony...

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First Pitch: Make No Mistake, the Pirates Rotation is Set
Mar17

First Pitch: Make No Mistake, the Pirates Rotation is Set

No one from the Pittsburgh Pirates will come out and say the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. But the truth is that the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. In fact, the rotation has been set for a long time. The top three starting pitchers were guaranteed spots coming into the season. Francisco Liriano pitched like an ace last year, and is in year two of his...

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Pirates Rank Fourth Among Top 25-And-Under Talent
Mar03

Pirates Rank Fourth Among Top 25-And-Under Talent

Baseball Prospectus released their organization rankings of 25-and-Under Talent and the Pittsburgh Pirates were ranked fourth overall. This list differs from their top prospects list, because it includes players already in the majors, which adds Gerrit Cole, Starling Marte and Jose Tabata to the list. The Pirates are ranked behind three other National League teams, the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and the top-ranked St Louis...

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You Shouldn’t Be Surprised by the Jameson Taillon/Gerrit Cole Comparisons
Mar01

You Shouldn’t Be Surprised by the Jameson Taillon/Gerrit Cole Comparisons

On Friday the Pittsburgh Pirates marched out Gerrit Cole, followed by Jameson Taillon, in a preview of what could be their number one and two in the Major League rotation for the next several years. The back to back appearances allowed for quick comparisons, including this interesting note from Jayson Stark. Taillon zipped thru 2 IP so easily, may not need to shower, allowing just check-swing IF single. "Like him better than...

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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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