First Pitch: Is Gregory Polanco’s Move to Right Field a Sign?
Aug25

First Pitch: Is Gregory Polanco’s Move to Right Field a Sign?

The Pittsburgh Pirates can’t seem to catch a break offensively this year. All year the outfield has had one hole: right field. You might not have noticed this, but after standing pat at the trade deadline, the Pirates have seen Jose Tabata hit for a .298/.365/.491 line in 57 at-bats. That’s a small sample size, and Tabata has been known to have streaky performances where he will go on hot streaks, then fail to sustain that...

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Gregory Polanco Doubles Twice, Drives in Two as Curve Sweep DH
Aug24

Gregory Polanco Doubles Twice, Drives in Two as Curve Sweep DH

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI as the Curve pounded out 16 hits while completing a sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader at Richmond, winning 13-1. (Game One Recap:┬áNick Kingham Labors As Curve Prevail) Andy Vasquez provided the big hit during a seven-run fourth inning, tripling to right field to score three. The Curve managed seven tallies on just three hits during the frame, thanks to the wildness of four...

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Nick Kingham Labors As Curve Prevail
Aug24

Nick Kingham Labors As Curve Prevail

A double to deep center field in the top of the seventh by Carlos Paulino plated Drew Maggi from first for the eventual winning run, as the Curve beat the Flying Squirrels 3-2 in the first of two games Saturday night. Starter Nick Kingham lasted just 4.2 innings while throwing 103 pitches. He allowed four hits, walked five and hit one, while striking out eight. Kingham worked in and out of jams in the first two innings, each time...

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P3 Episode 18: Prospect Talk With Pirates Farm Director Larry Broadway
Aug23

P3 Episode 18: Prospect Talk With Pirates Farm Director Larry Broadway

Episode 18 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. We moved the major league show back this week, due to James Santelli being on the West Coast covering the Pirates. Instead, I was joined by Pirates Director of Minor League Operations Larry Broadway, who discussed several of the top prospects in the system. Highlights of the show include: **We were recording at McKechnie Field in Bradenton during a rain...

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Alen Hanson Picks Up Three Hits, But Pitching Dooms Curve
Aug23

Alen Hanson Picks Up Three Hits, But Pitching Dooms Curve

Eliecer Navarro, Kenn Kasparek and Tyler Waldron allowed 17 hits, walked five and gave up nine runs combined as Altoona lost for the fifth time in six outings, falling 9-7 to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Navarro worked in and out of trouble for three innings, soft tossing his way out of jams before surrendering five runs in the fourth inning before being pulled. Navarro’s final line sat at 3.1 innings, seven hits, five walks...

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