Found July 12, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
Today we have six former Pittsburgh Pirates players that were born on this date. Earlier this morning we dedicated a full bio to one of the better pitchers in team history, Lee Meadows, a star for two Pirates World Series teams. That can be read here. In this article we have five more players, plus a Jolly Roger Rewind from John Fredland. Tom Gorzelanny (1982) Pitcher for the Pirates from 2005 until 2009. He was a second round draft pick in 2003 by the Pirates. Three years prior, he was taken in the 38th round by the Chicago White Sox. Tom signed early enough to get in eight starts in the NY-Penn League in 2003, posting a 1.78 ERA. He moved quickly through the minors, though his time in High-A ball was shaky, with a 4.85 ERA in ten starts. He did show signs of success during that time, striking out 61 batters in 55.2 innings. Tom moved up to AA the next year, going 8-5 3.26 with 124 strikeouts in 129.2 innings, earning a mid-September promotion for three games with the Pirates. He b...

Tim Kurkjian: Pirates “are going to get a bat”

From Baseball Tonight last night: “And I’ve been told by people within the Pirates organization they are going to get a bat. Either an outfielder or a first baseman…They are not fooling around. After all these years under .500, they have a chance to make the playoffs. They are going to go for it.” Kurkjian sounded pretty emphatic during the segment as you can hear from the...

Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan both contribute in NL’s 8-0 win

Final: National League 8, American League 0 The game was well out of reach when both players entered the game, but it didn’t stop either of the Pirates’ two all-stars from chipping in a bit. Andrew McCutchen entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to take over for the game’s eventual MVP Melky Cabrera. McCutchen singled on a line drive to left field in the sixth...

Pittsburgh Pirates: Trade rumors, part 2

Check out Part 1 of the series right here.  The players covered were Carlos Quentin, Justin Upton, Josh Willingham, and Chase Headley. The second in a multi-part series laying out what pieces are available to the Pittsburgh Pirates, how well they’ll mesh with the team, and what the Pirates may have to move in return…      (Opening image credit, SD Examiner) Part 2: ...

7/12 MiLB Recap: Tim Alderson strikes out 8

Jeff Locke started the first game of a double-header for the Tribe and gave up four runs (two earned) over five innings. He struck out three and walked two. Jose Tabata was 0 for 3 in the first game and 1 for 3 with a walk in the second game. He scored the game winning run on a walk-off single by Yamaico Navarro in game two after leading off the eighth inning with a walk. Starling...

Mark Appel turns down the Pirates’ $3.8M offer

There you have it. Mark Appel will be returning to Stanford next season instead of becoming a Pittsburgh Pirate. The Pirates will get the ninth overall pick in next year’s draft as compensation for Appel (in addition to whatever pick they normally end up with at the end of the year). This is unfortunate. It’s a shame for the Pirates, who drafted the best player available at their...

What will the Pittsburgh Pirates look like in one month?

For years, it has been the Pittsburgh Pirates trading their one and only productive player to someone else for a bucket full of prospects that were nothing but unproven. That worked so well that it was a key piece to the past 19 years of losing. Now the Pirates are talked about as buyers for [...]

McCutchen’s Share of the Pie

When the Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a six year $51.5m contract this off-season there were very few who thought it was anything other than a bargaining. The young centrefielder may be less than 10% of the way through that deal, but he’s already showing that the Pirates may have one of the most team-friendly deals in baseball on their hands. Elected to the All-Star team after...

Pirates fans on Twitter hate Mark Appel

Stanford pitcher Mark Appel was projected to be the top pick in June's MLB draft. Appel fell to the Pirates at eighth, and the maximum amount that the Pirates could offer him without having to pay taxes on bonuses was in the neighborhood of $3.3 million. Because Appel could get more higher in the draft, he opted not to sign and will return to Stanford for his senior year. This...

First Pitch: My Mid-Season Apologies

I often get accused of apologizing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sometimes that’s because I prefer to take a patient approach, rather than rushing to make a judgement. Sometimes that’s because I put out a lofty projection for a player. Usually it’s ignored that I’ve got a pretty good track record, and that I also can be lower on some players than others. What I find funny about...

Game 86 Live Chat: Pirates vs Brewers

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Baseball comes back in a big way today

After what felt like maybe the longest All-Star break in history, the Pirates return to action tonight in Milwaukee. On top of that, the deadline to sign this year's draft picks (meaning Mark Appel) comes at 5 PM this afternoon. So we go from five days of almost nothing, besides the odd trade rumor, to baseball overload. I'm OK with baseball overload. I don't expect...

Pirates-Brewers Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates exit the All-Star break in first place for the first time in 15 years. It's been significantly longer since the last time a pitcher started three consecutive major league games, something Milwaukee's Zack Greinke will achieve in the Brewers' second-half opener. The Pirates look to continue their march toward a division title Friday night when...

When the Farm Yields the Harvest

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals (formally the Montreal Expos) have been two of the more irrelevant teams over the past score (a score is 20 years. If it was good enough for Abe Lincoln, then it’s good enough for me). While the Expos tragicly traded away Pedro Martinez, Brandon Phillips, Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore for  a return of Carl Pavano and Bartolo Colon...
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