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Editor’s Note: It’s time to welcome yet another addition, Brent, to the Baseball Professor community! We are adding writers like hotcakes! Get in on the action!On April 24 last year, Pedro Alvarez had 2 HR, 4 RBI, and a smoldering .108 BA. Over the next 10 games, he hit 5 HR and raised his average more than .150 points.You’ve heard he’s streaky. Here you see some anecdotal evidence.After last season’s horrid start, the Pirates’ free-swinging third baseman finished the year — his first as a full-time starter — with 30 HR, 85 RBI and a .244 BA. Nothing to get terribly worked up about, but those are valuable power numbers at a position that produced only six guys with 25 or more home runs in 2012.By comparison, this year’s start — 4 HR, 8 RBI, and .172 AB — doesn’t look so bad, especially given the dearth of appealing options at the hot corner. (Consider: Matt Carpenter, he of the .276 batting average and middling power, is currently a top-10 player at the position).Stars Hanley Ramirez,
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A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
Andrew McCutchen is one of baseball's most talented young players. Apparently he wants people to know it, too. After Wednesday's 5-3 defeat of the Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was watching MLB Network, probably to admire himself, when he saw the Phillies-Pirates highlights. He was not happy with what...
Francisco Liriano will get the start tonight for Indianapolis, making his third rehab appearance, as he works his way towards the majors. Altoona is off today. Bradenton was off yesterday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates...
Awesome comeback win for the Pirates tonight. Your heroes? Brandon Inge and Pedro Alvarez, of course! Those two (and several others) were key in helping the Bucs battle back and earn their second straight win – and their 11th in the last 15 games.
The game started off as a pitcher’s duel between Roy Halladay and Wandy Rodriguez. Halladay seemed wild in the first inning but got...
For the last few years I’ve debated whether to add a podcast to the site. There are already some good podcasts out there at Bucs Dugout and Rumbunter, and I wasn’t sure that I could add anything which would be different than what was already on the site.
With my move to Bradenton this year, and the opportunity for more live coverage, I decided that a podcast could add to the...
This game was extremely frustrating for a number of reasons. The Pirates fell behind as quickly as possible, couldn’t get back in it despite numerous chances, and once again came out on the wrong side of a semi-beanball battle.
Jonathan Sanchez has to be done as a Pirate. Has to be. Today he took his awfulness to a whole new level, and there’s no reason at this point to give...
The Pirates’ offense jumped on starter Cliff Lee and the Phillies’ relievers for 14 hits for a 6-3 win Thursday afternoon. Add in the fact that manager Clint Hurdle made far more of the right moves than his counterpart Charlie Manuel, and the Bucs wrapped a key four-game series win.
Gaby Sanchez hit his third homer of the season, trailing only Pedro Alvarez (4) in long balls...
The Pirates came back to steal another victory from the Phillies on Thursday afternoon, clinching a big series win. The Bucs put their late-inning resolve on display yet again and won a crucial battle of bullpens for the second game in a row.
James McDonald looked very sharp to open the game, but he faltered a bit and fell victim to the usual problem for Pirates starters: failing...
We are now in the 11th weekend of the college season and the start of the amateur draft is now just six weeks away. The Pirates have the #9 and #14 picks in the upcoming June draft. Throughout the college/HS season, leading up to the draft, we will cover the interesting players that are being discussed in the Pirates draft range. There will also be daily notes on past picks by the...
During Wednesday's Pirates-Phillies game, the much-maligned Domonic Brown made a catch in the top of the fifth inning that even his harshest critics had to respect. With none out, Pirates shortstop John McDonald hit a sinking liner to left field that looked destined to be a double. Brown got on his horse, stretched his arm to its absolute limits, and dove, somehow managing to...
After a nice start to their ten-game road trip, the Pirates are now entering the portion of the trip that I'm most interested in: six games in St. Louis and Milwaukee. The division has a new shape this year without the Astros in it and how the Pirates play the NL Central teams is going to go a long ways towards deciding how 2013 shakes out for the Pirates.
Plus if the Pirates...
His story has been told several times, but it just gets more interesting with seemingly every at-bat.
Stetson Allie has an OPS of 1.093 in 19 games so far this season with West Virginia.
Stetson Allie was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2010 and the club handed the hard-throwing right-hander from Ohio a hefty $2.25 million signing bonus. His performances on the mound...
In the last two-odd weeks, the Pirates have:
- Won two of three in Arizona.
- Swept a home series against the Reds.
- Split two games against the Cardinals.
- Taken three of four from a previously red-hot Braves team.
So what say we add three of four from the Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park today? A split would be a perfectly acceptable way to start this ten-game...
Roy Halladay’s third straight strong start is wasted by the bullpen as the Phils lose late to the Pirates, 5-3.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two...
As you’re well aware Brandon Inge has been called up! He was actually pretty good in his debut, despite whatever the hell he is doing over there <—-. In case you missed it the Pirates were featured on Jeopardy A good day for Inge, but more importantly a good day for Jeff Locke. His strongest outing of…