Three Stories of Stats and Fastball Command

Fastball command has kind of taken on a life of its own in Pittsburgh.  The Pirates stress fastball command in the minors, especially at the lower levels when players are just getting in to the system.  The approach is aimed so that players get to the point where they can locate the fastball anywhere they want to put it, allowing them to set up their secondary pitches as they get to the higher levels.  It’s not an approach...

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A Glimpse of Jameson Taillon’s Potential

Jameson Taillon had his best start of the year, throwing four shutout innings with nine strikeouts.

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Developing Pitchers, Not Throwers

It seems like every night when I write up the daily minor league schedule I am writing about a great walk to strikeout ratio with at least one of the Pirates pitching prospects. The system is filled with guys who have a 3:1 SO/BB ratio yet the strikeout totals for the most part aren’t that great so that ratio obviously doesn’t tell the whole story. It is no secret the Pirates have their minor league pitchers work on...

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The Odds of a Super Rotation in Pittsburgh

In the last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have added four pitchers with top of the rotation stuff.  On August 16th, 2010, they signed their top two picks from the 2010 draft, adding Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie to the mix.  A few days later, they signed top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  Two days ago, the Pirates signed the first overall pick from the 2011 draft, Gerrit Cole, giving them yet another player who has the...

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After the Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates made two big splashes, adding right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell to the system before the draft signing deadline.  The addition of Cole was expected, although many felt that Bell was an impossible sign.  I already have talked about how the additions could possibly boost the Pirates up as one of the top farm systems in the league, based on top talents alone.  But what about the...

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