What Can the Pirates Learn From Nathan Adcock?

Yesterday I started working on an article talking about how I’m still not sold that Nathan Adcock is completely lost.  As you may know, a player isn’t officially lost in the Rule 5 draft until he has spent an entire season on a major league 25-man roster.  From the time Adcock was selected back in December, it seemed like a long shot that the Kansas City Royals would be able to keep him.  Prior to this year, he has yet to...

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Adcock Makes Royals’ Opening Day Roster

The Kansas City Royals announced today that pitcher Nathan Adcock will be on the team’s opening day roster, meaning he will stay with the organization for now. Adcock was left off the Pirates 40-man roster in December, making him eligible for this year’s Rule 5 draft. The Royals selected him with the fifth overall pick, and decided to keep him around after he produced decent results this spring. Adcock allowed five runs in 13...

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Two Left Handers Hit the Waiver Wire

The past few days have seen two left handed pitchers hit the waiver wire around baseball.  With the Pittsburgh Pirates holding the number one waiver claim, and in need of left handed relievers, let’s take a look at the two options available: Rommie Lewis, Toronto Blue Jays, DFA to make room for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera Lewis turned 28 in September, and is a big framed left hander, at 6′ 5″, 230 pounds.  In 18.2...

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Pirates offered Capps for J.J. Hardy

The Milwaukee Brewers traded J.J. Hardy to the Minnesota Twins last week for center field prospect Carlos Gomez. Today, Dejan Kovacevic reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates offered closer Matt Capps to the Brewers for Hardy, before Milwaukee traded Hardy to the Twins. I wrote a few weeks ago on the OBN forum that I felt Capps for Hardy would have been the perfect trade. Both players were coming off of down years, both players had two...

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Greinke Prevents Sweep

Zach Greinke was once again tough, allowing just two runs – split apart by an hour long rain delay – in 6-1/3 innings of work. The Bucs were trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the 7th. Adam LaRoche singled and after Andy LaRoche tripled him in, play was stopped. Jamey Wright took the thill following the delay. He allowed an RBI groundout to Jason Jaramillo as the Royals bullpen retired the final eight Pirate hitters...

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