BRADENTON, Fl. – Gerrit Cole was delayed at the start of Spring Training due to inflammation in his right ribs. Today, before the Pirates played the Phillies at McKechnie Field, he threw a live batting practice on the mound. Cole threw one inning of BP with the L-screen in front of him, and a simulated […]
BRADENTON, Fl. – The off-season was short for Pirates’ prospect Adam Frazier, but a quick turnaround is probably exactly what the breakout player wanted going into this spring. Last year, Frazier finished with a .324 batting average and an .801 OPS for Double-A Altoona, the former being the highest average in the Eastern League. (Frazier […]
We wrap up the weekend action with a look at some of the top college hitters, after taking a look at some of the...
BRADENTON, Fl. – This week, I’ve got to write a season preview on the Indianapolis Indians, which is featured every year in the program they hand out for each game. This is either the fourth or fifth year that I’ve done this, and the preview always is due way early due to print times. Fortunately, with […]
BRADENTON, Fl. – Once again today, the Pirates went into the second half of a Spring Training game trailing, only to see their prospects battle back and give them a lead. They eventually lost that lead with a few late home runs, and lost the game 11-8, but it’s encouraging to see continued success from […]
BRADENTON, Fl. – I don’t like talking about the mental side of the game when it comes to individual players. A lot of that talk is usually speculation, and always seems based on the perception of how a player reacts to certain circumstances, or his body language. And that’s a really bad way to evaluate […]
BRADENTON, Fl. – It was tempting to go to Disney today to see all of the Indianapolis starters pitch. But I decided to skip that trip today and head over to Pirate City for coverage for two reasons. The first reason was that we already wrote three articles on those guys this week, which can […]
BRADENTON, Fl. – Cole Tucker was in a wheelchair being rolled through the airport last August, one day after his labrum surgery. He got an alert on his phone, and when he checked it, it read: “ESPN: Pirates’ First Rounder Cole Tucker Out 12 Months With Labrum Surgery.” “I was like, ‘I’m going to do everything that […]
We start this weekend's coverage by taking a look at some of the top college pitchers in this draft class. The Pittsburgh Pirates own...
BRADENTON, Fl. – For the third time in the last four days, the Pirates saw some good things in the second half of the game from their young prospects. Today, with the team down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, they managed to score a run, ending the game in a tie. Juan […]