Found August 21, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned right-hander Kyle McPherson and left-hander Justin Wilson to Triple-A Indy on Tuesday. In order to make room on the roster, the Pirates recalled righty Daniel McCutchen from Triple-A, and activated Chad Qualls from bereavement list.

McPherson and Wilson both made their Major League debuts on Monday in San Diego. McPherson tossed two scoreless innings allowing just one hit and struck out two. Wilson struck out the side, and gave up two hits, in an inning of work against the Padres.


Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson to Join the Team; Correia Could Start

I just spoke with Kristy Robinson, who is on the road traveling to West Virginia for minor league coverage. According to her sources, Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson are both joining the team today in San Diego. Kristy also mentioned that no starter had been announced, but that Kevin Correia could get the start. Correia pitched two innings last night, so he wouldn’t be able to...

Pirates Promote McPherson, Wilson; DFA Cruz

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the recall of Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson official. Pirates Prospects learned about their promotion early this morning. In order to make room on the roster, the club designated Juan Cruz for Assignment, and placed infielder Jordy Mercer on paternity leave for the birth of his first child. The Pirates also announced that Kevin Correia will make the...

Pirates nullify late heroics with bullpen stupidity

The Pirates got some seriously dramatic ninth-inning heroics from Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen to avoid another frustrating loss to the Padres. It turns out that they just delayed it, as the Padres walked off in the tenth thanks to a series of maddening decisions by the Bucs. Jones should have been the hero in this one. He hit two game-tying homers in the hardest stadium in...

Wyatt Mathisen Hits First Homer in GCL Pirates Win

The GCL Pirates scored a run in the bottom of the 8th to break a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat the GCL Braves, 3-2.  Edwin Espinal singled to drive in Harold Ramirez — who had reached on a two-out infield hit and stolen second — with the winning run.  Espinal’s hit backed strong pitching from starter Axel Diaz and reliever Isaac Sanchez, who got the win. Longballs Leave Game...

Pirates using Grilli, Hanrahan poorly

The Pirates lost to the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Tuesday night when Chase Headley launched a two-run, 10th inning home run. In the bottom of the eighth, with the Bucs trailing 4-3 and facing one last chance to tie the game, Clint Hurdle sent Chad Qualls to the mound. Qualls entered the game with a 5.28 ERA on the season. After warming up alongside Qualls the previous inning, Jason...

Top Pirates Minor League Pitching Performances: Week Ending 8/19

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s...

Top Play: Josh Harrison crashes into the wall

Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Josh Harrison made an excellent catch in the bottom of the 19th inning on Sunday, robbing Tony Cruz of possible extra bases. Harrison secured the catch on the warning track just before crashing into the fence in right field. The first year player from Cincinnati did an excellent job of holding onto the ball after running face-first into the wall....

Prospect Watch: Strong Altoona Debut For Taillon; Avila Homers Again

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.19) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) -...

Game 123 Live Chat: Pirates at Padres

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Game 123: Padres 7 Pirates 5

Here is what I wrote when the Pirates called up Chad Qualls and Dan McCutchen this afternoon:  I get not wanting to throw Morris or Wilson straight into the fire and risk having an untested rookie blow a lead, but keeping guys like Qualls and McCutchen around with Morris and Wilson in the minor leagues is borderline criminal. It will cost the Pirates games in the next two weeks...

Pittsburgh Pirates: 2012 v. 2011′s 19-inning game

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug     (Opening image credit, Elias Sports Bureau) As you know by now, the Pittsburgh Pirates outlasted their division nemesis St. Louis Cardinals in a 19-inning marathon on Sunday night.  While 3B Pedro Alvarez’s game-breaking home run in the top of the 19th- followed soonafter by CF Andrew McCutchen’s 2-run insurance single- will be remembered...

MLB umpire James Hoye has issues throwing ball back to pitcher

Over the weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates played an extra inning affair that went nineteen innings.In the bottom of the 16th, home plate umpire James Hoye was feeling the grind of the game and had some issues throwing a ball back to Pirates pitcher Juan Cruz during his warmup tosses.Hoye's first throw to the mound went over Cruz's head and the second...

Minor League Schedule: 8/23/12

Bradenton is two games back in their division, with 11 games left. West Virginia is a 1.5 games out in their division, with 11 games left on the season. Indianapolis has an 11 game lead in their division with 12 games left to their schedule.  The GCL Pirates have four games(counting the completion of yesterday’s game) left and both DSL affiliates have three games left in their...

MLB Insiders: San Diego Padres

The Pirates open a three-game series in San Diego on Friday night. The Pirates are expected to possibly call up lefty Justin Wilson from Triple A to make a spot start. The Padres will toss right-hander Edinson Volquez.
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