First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Getting Hammered With Injuries
Apr08

First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Getting Hammered With Injuries

The success of a farm system depends on a lot of things. You need good drafting. You need to sign talented players in the international ranks. You need good scouts to identify talent in both places. After the players are in the system, you need to develop them. But even with all of the things that can be controlled, you still need luck to have a successful farm system. Part of that luck involves keeping everyone healthy. The Pirates...

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First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them
Apr07

First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them

Once upon a time, it seemed like every top pitching prospect the Pittsburgh Pirates had would go down with a major injury. Bobby Bradley, Kris Benson, Sean Burnett, Bryan Bullington, John Van Benschoten, and plenty of others were plagued by injuries. Some of those injuries were career altering. But over the last several years, that trend has disappeared. Under Neal Huntington, the Pirates have been extremely cautious with their...

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Week In Review: Who Needs to Step Up With Jameson Taillon Out?
Apr06

Week In Review: Who Needs to Step Up With Jameson Taillon Out?

At the start of the week, Jameson Taillon received his second opinion on his injured right elbow. After the opinion┬áthe Pirates and Taillon were quiet as the Pirates decided the next step. Today we learned that┬áTaillon will have Tommy John surgery. Taillon was expected to arrive in Pittsburgh this year by mid-season, with the hope that he’d do his best Gerrit Cole impression and look like an ace by the end of the 2014 season....

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Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery
Apr06

Jameson Taillon to Have Tommy John Surgery

Jameson Taillon has been diagnosed with an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and will elect to have Tommy John surgery, the team has announced. I first reported Taillon was shut down a few weeks ago with what he described as “a little bit of elbow discomfort”. The initial MRI he received said the ligament was strong, which suggested the injury could be something in the form of bone chips in his...

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Pirates Have Four Players Among Youngest In Their League
Apr06

Pirates Have Four Players Among Youngest In Their League

J.J Cooper from Baseball America posted the lists of the ten youngest players in each league and four players in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system made the top ten in their league. Gregory Polanco is the sixth youngest in the International League. Alen Hanson ranks ninth in the Eastern League. Jin-De Jhang ranks tenth in the Florida State League. You won’t see Reese McGuire on the list(unless it gets updated), but he is...

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