First Pitch: The Bullpen, The Depth, and The Regression

I’ve spent most of the day working on finishing up the draft rankings with John Dreker. We will be writing up the draft rankings article tomorrow, and recording the rest of the draft podcast. All of that will go up on Tuesday as we prepare for the MLB Draft on Thursday. Because I spent most of the day working on those rankings, I’m going with a “thoughts” article tonight. **How great was the bullpen tonight?...

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Pirates Call Up Pitchers Ryan Reid, Jared Hughes

Right-handed pitcher Ryan Reid has been called up by the Pirates and will join the team in Atlanta, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. Reid, 28, is in his first season in Pittsburgh’s system after being added as a minor league free agent in November. He has never pitched in the Major Leagues but has pitched 34.2 relief innings for Triple-A Indianapolis this season with a 0.52 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 31 strikeouts and nine...

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Jose Contreras Activated From Bereavement List, Jared Hughes Optioned

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-handed pitcher Jose Contreras from the bereavement list. To make room, Jared Hughes has been optioned to Triple-A. The move is the exact opposite of the move from a few days ago, when Contreras was placed on the bereavement list due to a death in the family and Hughes came up to take his place.

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Takes Mound As NL Strikeout Leader

A.J. Burnett will start Saturday night with the most strikeouts (72) in the National League and 25,000 bobbleheads with his face in the PNC Park stands. While he trails MLB leader Yu Darvish (86 strikeouts), Burnett faces a Houston offense that has struck out the most times in baseball this season. Burnett’s strikeout rate has jumped to a career-best 31.6%, but manager Clint Hurdle wants to make sure his staff ace is not only...

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Jose Contreras Placed on Bereavement List, Jared Hughes Recalled

Right-handed reliever Jose Contreras has been placed on the bereavement list due to a death in his family, and the Pirates have recalled righty Jared Hughes to take his spot in the bullpen. [Update: Hughes will be at PNC Park "at some point" during Friday night's game, according to Jim Trdinich, Director of Baseball Communications.] Contreras made his Pirates debut May 5 and has pitched in five games, with four strikeouts and two...

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