Tag: Phil Irwin

First Pitch: Picking Two Pirates Breakout Candidates From Each Level

The 2014 Minor League baseball season begins today. John Dreker has a schedule of the Opening Day starters in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, with Nick Kingham being the highlight in Altoona. We will be releasing our previews of each level in the morning, and starting the nightly Prospect Watch after all of the day’s games […]
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First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have...

Every team has a weakness. Most of this off-season has been spent focusing on the big weaknesses for the Pirates — the first base spot and the fifth starter spot in the rotation. The Pirates didn’t do anything over the off-season to ease concerns about those two spots. And in the process, people continued to […]
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The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to...

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry […]
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Neal Huntington on Liriano, Morel, Irwin, Locke, Volquez, Bullpen

Neal Huntington met with the media today, following the latest round of cuts from Major League camp. Here are the notes: **Francisco Liriano is day-to-day, and continues to have a little tightness in his groin. **Brent Morel will go to Indianapolis, where he will primarily play third base. He will also get some time at […]
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Pirates Make Eight Roster Cuts, Including Irwin, McGuiness and Morel

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made eight roster cuts this morning, with Opening Day just ten days away. Starter Phil Irwin, first baseman Chris McGuiness and third baseman Brent Morel were optioned to Indianapolis. They have also reassigned infielder Chase d’Arnaud and relief pitchers Cody Eppley, Jake Brigham, Josh Kinney and Yao-Hsun Yang. Neal Huntington talked about some […]
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The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball

During the first week of Spring Training, I was watching the Major League pitchers doing their daily throwing programs, commonly referred to as long toss. For me, this time period involves snapping pictures for Instagram, waiting for players to start throwing bullpens, and taking notes on what I see the players throwing or working on […]
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Injury Notes: Gaby Sanchez, Phil Irwin, Travis Ishikawa

A few injury updates from this morning. **Gaby Sanchez was scratched from the lineup today with discomfort in his right knee and is day to day. **Phil Irwin has been experiencing some discomfort in his right elbow.  Irwin will work through a throwing program before returning to game activity. **Travis Ishikawa remains day to day […]
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Phil Irwin Healthy, Looking to Get Back to Being Philthy

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the perfect situation for any young pitcher trying to break into the big leagues. The Pirates saw a lot of injuries, especially during the first three months of the season, leaving a lot of rotation spots up for grabs. Phil Irwin was one of those young pitchers who got […]
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training tomorrow, with pitchers and catchers reporting today. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming tomorrow. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield Today we take a […]
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14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in...

One year ago today, I wrote an article about the 13 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Make a Difference in 2013. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of players last off-season who had a chance to be a top performer, but also came with a risk that they could be as low as a […]
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