First Pitch: Pirates Loaded Farm System Highlighted by Indianapolis
Apr16

First Pitch: Pirates Loaded Farm System Highlighted by Indianapolis

With the vast wealth of prospects in the Pirates system, there may not be a more exciting opportunity than right now in Indianapolis. I can say that Gregory Polanco may be the best prospect that I have ever seen. That is saying a ton because I have been watching minor league baseball since before I can remember. He is off to a start that has to rival any prospect in their first couple of weeks in Triple-A, making the decision to keep...

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Minor League Schedule: Borden and Dickson In West Virginia Doubleheader
Apr15

Minor League Schedule: Borden and Dickson In West Virginia Doubleheader

Today’s Pitchers: Jeff Locke, Adrian Sampson, John Kuchno, Buddy Borden, Cody Dickson

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Top Performers: Is Orlando Castro a Lefty Starter to Watch?
Apr14

Top Performers: Is Orlando Castro a Lefty Starter to Watch?

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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Jeff Locke Activated From the DL, Optioned to Triple-A
Apr11

Jeff Locke Activated From the DL, Optioned to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Jeff Locke from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned him to Indianapolis. Locke made his final rehab start on Wednesday night, striking out ten batters in six innings in Bradenton. I wrote about how Locke looked during that start. Yesterday I asked whether Locke had a spot in the Pirates’ rotation. At the moment there isn’t a spot open for him, which is why this move isn’t...

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Is There a Spot in the Majors For Jeff Locke?
Apr10

Is There a Spot in the Majors For Jeff Locke?

If you look at Jeff Locke’s numbers from the 2013 season, you won’t find much wrong on the surface. He put up a 3.52 ERA in 166.1 innings last year, with a 4.03 FIP that suggests he over-performed his season numbers a bit, but no more than Charlie Morton (3.26/3.60), Wandy Rodriguez (3.59/4.42), or Jeanmar Gomez (3.35/3.85). But the season numbers don’t tell the story with Locke. During the first half of the season,...

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