The Pittsburgh Pirates had a boring (some may say annoying) trade deadline yesterday, only getting rid of Tony Watson, then replacing him with an older model, who will finish out the season in the same role and leave via free agency. They got a relief pitcher with some potential in Angel German, but gave up a relief pitcher with slightly less upside, but more polish in Seth McGarry. Those two trade-offs are close enough that you could just call it a wash and focus in on the interesting prospect.

We are going to have more on infielder Oneil Cruz later, but I wanted to just give you a look at some highlights for him here. MiLB has five videos available for him, so sit back and enjoy these five clips below of the newest prospect in the system. Don’t bother asking about his ranking in the system here, we will cover it later. To hold you over on that question, MLB Pipeline ranked him 16th for the Pirates, five spots up from where he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The first highlight is only a single, but you get to see him run out an infield hit

Here is a double

How about a home run?

How about a better quality video of a home run?

How about a better home run?

I was going to include some scouting videos from before he signed, but I didn’t feel they were an accurate representation of the current player he is right now. That’s because he has gone from 6’1″ to 6’6″ since those videos were put out about 2 1/2 years ago. So a lot has changed, especially on the defensive side, where he has probably outgrown shortstop, even though he is still playing there now.

I did look for something on Angel German, but didn’t find any videos worth posting. There are a couple of low quality videos of him on YouTube if you must see him, but I didn’t feel they were worth posting. So search at your own risk (of wasting your time).

** On Monday afternoon, the International League named Tyler Glasnow as the Pitcher of the Week. He pitched twice during the week, allowing one run over seven innings on Tuesday, and one run over 6.1 innings on Sunday. He struck out a total of 19 batters during the week, including 12 on Sunday. You can see the final strikeout from that game in the Highlights section below. Glasnow has 85 strikeouts for Indianapolis, which ranks 15th in the International League. He ranked 70th in innings pitched going into last night’s action.


Pirates were off yesterday


Today’s Starter and Notes: The Pittsburgh Pirates were off yesterday. They traveled home for a three-games series against the Cincinnati Reds, which begins an eight-game homestand. Jameson Taillon will go up against Homer Bailey in the opener tonight. Taillon has a 3.79 ERA in seven home starts. He has faced the Reds twice this season, allowing eight runs over 11 innings. Bailey has an 8.37 ERA in seven starts this season. He has not faced the Pirates yet this year.

In the minors, Steven Brault goes for Indianapolis tonight. He is making his first start since being sent down by the Pirates last week. He has pitched just four innings since his start back on July 17th, so he may be somewhat limited with his pitches tonight. The GCL Pirates have a doubleheader today after a rain out yesterday. They will send Max Kranick to the mound, and he will likely be followed by Cody Bolton. We could also see Steven Jennings and/or Shane Baz, depending on how they set the rotation. Even if just two of the pitchers I mentioned go today, it’s going to be an interesting day.

MLB: Pittsburgh (51-54) vs Reds (42-63) 7:05 PM
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (4.03 ERA, 25:73 BB/SO, 76.0 IP)

AAA: Indianapolis (59-49) @ Columbus (56-51) 7:05 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Steven Brault (2.06 ERA, 36:95 BB/SO, 100.1 IP)

AA: Altoona (55-51) vs Erie (54-53) 7:00 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Alex McRae (3.53 ERA, 27:69 BB/SO, 120.0 IP)

High-A: Bradenton (60-44) vs Palm Beach (58-46) 6:30 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Cam Vieaux (3.38 ERA, 13:26 BB/SO, 42.2 IP)

Low-A: West Virginia (47-56) @ Lexington (51-54) 7:05 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Mike Wallace (3.46 ERA, 17:49 BB/SO, 67.2 IP)

Short-Season A: Morgantown (24-15) @ Williamsport (21-17) 7:05 PM (season preview)
Probable Starter: TBD

Rookie: Bristol (9-30) @ Danville (20-19) 7:00 PM

GCL: Pirates (11-18) vs Yankees East (14-13) 11:00 AM DH

DSL: Pirates (26-23) vs Rangers1 (29-19) 10:30 AM (season preview)


Here is Tyler Glasnow’s 12th strikeout from Sunday.


8/1: Oddy Nunez and Blake Cederlind placed on disabled list. Oneil Cruz and Angel German assigned to West Virginia.

7/31: Tony Watson traded to Los Angeles Dodgers for Oneil Cruz and Angel German

7/31: Seth McGarry traded to Philadelphia Phillies for Joaquin Benoit and cash

7/31: Brandon Waddell activated from disabled list. Miguel  Rosario assigned to Bradenton

7/28: Jordan Luplow promoted to Pittsburgh Pirates. Edwin Espinal promoted to Indianapolis. Jordan George promoted to Altoona.

7/28: Austin Meadows assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

7/27: Logan Hill placed on disabled list. Justin Maffei assigned to Altoona.

7/27: Steven Brault optioned to Indianapolis.

7/25: Connor Joe activated from Altoona disabled list. Justin Maffei assigned to Indianapolis.

7/25: Jonathan Schwind assigned to Morgantown.

7/23: Adrian Valerio placed on disabled list. Andrew Walker assigned to West Virginia.

7/22: Gregory Polanco placed on the disabled list. Steven Brault recalled from Indianapolis.

7/22: Hector Garcia assigned to Morgantown on rehab.


Four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, plus a former manager. We start with the skipper of the 2005 club at the end of the season, Pete Mackanin. He took over for Lloyd McClendon and led the Pirates to a 12-14 record during his short stay.

As for the players, we have Freddy Garcia, who played all four corner spots for the Pirates, seeing time during the 1995 season, then again from 1997 until 1999.

Milt May, catcher who had two stints for the Pirates from 1970-73 and then again during the 1983-84 seasons. The Pirates traded him for pitcher Jerry Reuss after the 1973 season. His dad Pinky May played five years in the majors for the Phillies.

Pep Rambert, pitcher for the 1939-40 team. Pitched just five Major League games, all for the Pirates. Spent 15 seasons in pro ball, taking time out in the middle to serve in the military during WWII.

Roy Sanders, 1918 Pirates. There have been two players in Major League history named Roy Sanders and both pitched in 1918, and both were 6’0″ right-handers. The one for the Pirates had a 2.60 ERA over 156 innings in 1918, his only full season in the majors. He held out for more money after the season and instead ended up playing semi-pro ball near his home, never returning to pro ball.

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  1. Liked Cruz videos. Thought the Glasnow video showed an unimproved Glasnow – although he was probably tiring

  2. Bailey has an 8.37 ERA in seven starts this season. What are the odds that he stifles our pop gun offense? Not that I am being cynical or anything like that. 🙂

    • You are being no more cynical than NH when he pointed out how we are ok against the best teams and stink against <.500 teams.

  3. Milt May. I do not know how many times I got to hear on the radio that he was the son of Pinky May. He was one of the heroes of the only World Series game that I ever attended. Luke Walker was knocked out early by Baltimore and Bruce Kison came in and shut them down and hit a few Orioles in the process. Clemente almost hit a home run down the right field line and folloewed that up with a big single. I believe that the son of Pinky ( I think his real name was Merril) May drove in the winning run and Dave Giusti saved it. I find it so nice to remember these things without having to look them up!

    Having attended Orioles/Pirates games in Baltimore in recent years, I find it strange that after 1971 and 1979 that the Pirates always lose to Baltimore. At least Pittsburgh won when it counted!

    • Exactly the first thing I thought, but the power is definitely real – I didn’t think those swings looked the greatest, but the ball still went far

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