The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014
Oct22

The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014

One of the biggest keys to the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates was their pitching depth. The Pirates used 12 different starting pitchers, and most of those starters were used in the first three months of the season. That didn’t count guys like Jeff Karstens and Kyle McPherson, who were counted on pre-season as depth options, but weren’t available due to injuries. The off-season focus is always on the five man...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Starting Rotation
Oct22

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Starting Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season this year in large part to their starting rotation. It wasn’t the Opening Day rotation that led to their success. It was the depth throughout the season that kept the Pirates afloat. The Pirates ended up using 12 starting pitchers, and most of those starters made an appearance in the first three months of the season. They didn’t have many pitchers who were removed from the...

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AFL Recap: Three Shutout Innings for Irwin, Walk-Off Hit for Dickerson
Oct19

AFL Recap: Three Shutout Innings for Irwin, Walk-Off Hit for Dickerson

Scottsdale needed extra innings to defeat Glendale 2-1 tonight and it was a Pittsburgh Pirates player providing the walk-off dramatics in the tenth inning. The Scorpions are now 3-6 on the year. The bigger news from this game is that Phil Irwin returned to action for the first time since May 2nd. He pitched just three games this season, one for the Pirates. He injured his elbow and needed surgery, causing him to miss the rest of the...

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AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss
Oct15

AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss

In the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, Scottsdale dropped their fourth straight game, losing 7-6 at home to Mesa. The game included six errors from Scottsdale. The Scorpions are now 1-4 on the season.  Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and he had a tough night in the field. He made a fielding error in the first inning, then made a costly throwing error in the third inning that led to two...

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Jameson Taillon Leaves the AFL With a Tweaked Groin
Oct14

Jameson Taillon Leaves the AFL With a Tweaked Groin

Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon has been replaced on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster by right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin. No word yet on why Taillon was removed. Irwin was originally scheduled to go to the AFL, but was held back in the Fall Instructional League. The last I heard on Irwin’s status, he was pitching in instructs, and his remaining off-season work would be TBD. Taillon only threw two innings...

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