Looking at the Rotation Depth With Cole and Locke Struggling Lately
Aug23

Looking at the Rotation Depth With Cole and Locke Struggling Lately

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been carried by their starting pitching all year. The reason the starting pitching has been able to carry the team all year has been due to depth, with the assist going to the defensive shifts that have kept the numbers down for everyone. But defensive shifts can only do so much, and they can’t do anything if you don’t have a good foundation of pitching to work with. We’re getting to the...

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Ryan Reid Called Up from Triple-A, Kris Johnson Demoted
Aug19

Ryan Reid Called Up from Triple-A, Kris Johnson Demoted

Right-handed pitcher Ryan Reid joins the Pirates’ roster for their California road trip to provide relief for a tired bullpen. The Bucs optioned left-hander Kris Johnson to Indianapolis to make room for Reid following Johnson’s strong six innings Sunday afternoon. Reid allowed only two runs over his 11 Major League innings this season for Pittsburgh, striking out seven batters and walking three. In a larger Triple-A sample...

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Top Performers: Is David Bromberg the Next Kris Johnson?
Aug19

Top Performers: Is David Bromberg the Next Kris Johnson?

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The top five short season pitchers are also highlighted in a separate group, since most of those guys only go 4-5 innings max, and don’t have a good chance of being highlighted in the top ten. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a...

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Pirates Lose 4-2 in 16 Innings as Offense Flounders
Aug18

Pirates Lose 4-2 in 16 Innings as Offense Flounders

Kris Johnson was the man who least deserved to be charged with the loss and make the final out of the Pirates’ 16-inning home defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his Major League debut, the left-hander pitched five scoreless innings of relief and allowed only one baserunner into scoring position over those frames. But the rookie gave up a walk and line-drive single in the 16th, then Arizona’s Adam Eaton knocked an...

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Kris Johnson Called Up to Pirates, Andrew Lambo to Triple-A
Aug18

Kris Johnson Called Up to Pirates, Andrew Lambo to Triple-A

The Pirates have called up left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson from Triple-A, first reported by his agency Sosnick Cobbe Sports. Outfielder Andrew Lambo was optioned to Indianapolis. Johnson, 28, will be making his Major League debut for Pittsburgh. This season, Johnson has posted a 2.41 ERA (best in the International League), 90 strikeouts and 40 walks in 130.2 innings for the Indianapolis Indians. Over 20 starts and five relief...

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