Prospect Watch: Taillon and Glasnow Get All the Strikeouts

Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, HR: Brett Carroll, Dilson Herrera

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First Pitch: Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez Could be the New Moneyball

I’ve talked about platoons a lot this week, first questioning whether Travis Snider should be in a platoon, then pointing out all of the different platoon candidates the Pirates have. In the process I noticed that the platoon at first base is working. Like, really well. Take a look at the numbers and how they stack up to the production every other team is getting from their first base position. AVG – .291 (10th) OBP...

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Walker goes 1-for-4 in first rehab start; injured hand feels good

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker saw his first game action in thirteen days, making a rehab start in Altoona tonight for the AA Curve.  The switch-hitter went 1-for-4 from the right side, registering a double in his final at bat before leaving the game.  Walker will get the start again tomorrow, batting left-handed with a right-hander on the mound for the Richmond Squirrels. “The plan was to get four at bats today and then tomorrow...

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Prospect Watch: Cole Has His Best Start While Pimentel Has His Worst Start

Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, HR: Brett Carroll, Dilson Herrera

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First Pitch: Who Wants to Hit a Left-Hander?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a problem. The team has four spots on the field which could require a platoon, due to the fact that they have so many players who can’t hit left-handers. The obvious player is Garrett Jones, who is established as a platoon player at this point. In his career, Jones has an .851 OPS against right-handers, and a .590 OPS against left-handers. The Pirates acquired Gaby Sanchez last year, aimed at...

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