First Pitch: Thoughts on Polanco’s Demotion, Snider’s Breakout, and More
Aug26

First Pitch: Thoughts on Polanco’s Demotion, Snider’s Breakout, and More

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several roster moves today, with the biggest one being the swap of Gregory Polanco for Jose Tabata. The decision to send Polanco down is only short-term, as he will be returning in about a week when the minor league season is over. Until then, you can expect Travis Snider to get most of the playing time in right field. I had some thoughts on the series of moves, presented below in no formal order. **First,...

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Pirates Expected to Recall Jose Tabata
Aug25

Pirates Expected to Recall Jose Tabata

The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to recall Jose Tabata to replace Gregory Polanco, according to Ken Rosenthal. #Pirates expected to recall Tabata to replace Polanco. Tabata 13-for-30 last 8 games. Would be choice over Lambo, who has 4 HRs last 4. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 25, 2014 I saw a few comments on Twitter today, saying that Tabata was going up to the majors, although they were unconfirmed. It seems that...

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Prospect Highlights: Stetson Allie Homer, Broxton’s Having a Solid Season
Aug09

Prospect Highlights: Stetson Allie Homer, Broxton’s Having a Solid Season

The highlights have been a little slow the last few days for Altoona and Indianapolis, so we waited a little bit to show this first clip. This is Stetson Allie’s 16th homer of the season, one behind JaCoby Jones for the Pirates organization lead. It’s an impressive shot from Allie, who has been on a recent hot streak, improving his two biggest weaknesses, low average and high strikeouts. Even after an 0-for-3 yesterday,...

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Prospect Highlights: Back-to-Back-to-Back Homers in Altoona
Jul24

Prospect Highlights: Back-to-Back-to-Back Homers in Altoona

On Wednesday afternoon, the Altoona Curve won 8-5 over New Britain and they did it behind an early power surge. Leading off the second inning, Keon Broxton hit his tenth homer of the season. Gift Ngoepe came up next and belted his eighth homer of the year. The next batter was catcher Carlos Paulino and he hit his first home run for Altoona this year. All three homers are in one highlight below. Your browser does not support iframes....

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Pirates Outright Jose Tabata to Triple-A, With Comments From Clint Hurdle
Jun24

Pirates Outright Jose Tabata to Triple-A, With Comments From Clint Hurdle

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Neil Walker from the 15-day disabled list. To make room, they have outrighted Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis. It’s unclear whether the Pirates had to put Tabata through waivers before outrighting him, but the move means he’s not on the 40-man roster. The Pirates still owe him his full salary amount, which is the remainder of his $3 M this year, along with $8.5 M the next two...

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