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?
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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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Winter Leagues 12/29 – One Tough Inning Sinks Claggett; Figueroa Wins

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  6,  Bravos de Margarita  2 Anthony Claggett made the start for Los Bravos, and buzzed through the first four innings, allowing only a walk and a single in the top of the 1st.   He retired the side in order for three innings, but got into trouble fast in the 5th.  Back-to-back singles to begin the...

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Winter Leagues 12/28 — Ledezma Earns First Win; Dominican Playoffs

Looking in on a few Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE  Tigres de Aragua 6,  Leones del Caracas  3 Wil Ledezma was the pitcher of record when Los Tigres took a lead they would not surrender in the 6th inning.  Los Tigres got onto the scoreboard first, with a run in the 3rd by CF Jorge Cortes.  Cortes led off with a single, then came around to score on a single and a bunt with a...

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