Ryan Beckman Undergoes Successful Tommy John Surgery

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitching prospect Ryan Beckman underwent successful Tommy John surgery today, Pirates Prospects has learned. Beckman left the mound during his first appearance in Altoona on April 6th after throwing a pitch in the eighth inning, and has been out of action ever since. Beckman had a strong season last year, with a 3.12 ERA in 52 innings in Bradenton, along with an 8.0 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9 ratio. He spent most of...

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Pirates Notebook: Two More Starters to Join Club By End of April
Apr09

Pirates Notebook: Two More Starters to Join Club By End of April

PITTSBURGH, PA. — The Pirates starting pitchers so far this season have been impressive. But two more arms could be making their way to join the club as well. On Sunday, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said that right-hander A.J. Burnett could be ready to join the Pirates by the end of April. Also, righty Charlie Morton, who is making a rehab start on Monday, could be with Pittsburgh even sooner. The 35-year-old Burnett,...

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Nathan Baker Solid in Double-A Debut

Left-hander Nathan Baker was solid in his Double-A debut for the Altoona in the Curve’s 4-2 win on Friday. The prospect allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over five innings. Baker walked one and struck out five while throwing 79 pitches, 50 for strikes. “It was great,” Baker said after his outing. “I had a lot of support for me today. Tony [Sanchez] was awesome behind the dish tonight. Every pitch he...

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What Has The Fastball Academy Produced?
Mar02

What Has The Fastball Academy Produced?

I’ve seen a few comments about the “Fastball Academy” the last few days, most notably one focused on Luis Heredia. The comment suggested that Heredia should focus on other pitches, rather than spending almost all of his time on the fastball. The approach the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken the last few years with the lower level pitchers has been pretty well documented. The team prefers their pitchers to learn command...

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Winter Leagues — Happy New Year!

The Australians had New Year’s Day games, which of course, were played in the middle of the night for those of us on this side of the globe. Adelaide Bite  3,  Perth Heat  2 Ryan Beckman earned his 6th Save as the Bite and the Heat struggled to get hits — they must have used them up in yesterday’s second game.  Perth scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning with a double and a home run, then scattered just 4 more hits over...

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