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Yesterday's ten-inning stint by the bullpen made it inevitable that the Pirates were going to have to do some shuffling for the coming series against the Braves, and today we know what that shuffling is. Jeanmar Gomez is headed to the 15-day disabled list with the forearm tightness (which is pretty ominous sounding), Alex Presley is heading back to Triple-A, Phil Irwin is going to the 60-day DL, and Jared Hughes and Ryan Reid are both joining the team in Atlanta for tonight's game.
Hughes has been pretty solid since his demotion to Indianapolis. I still think he has the tools necessary to be a good big league reliever, but he has to have his sinker working and that's something that's been eluding him since late in the year last year. Reid has been pretty excellent with Indy, too, with a 3.44 K/BB ratio (31 Ks in 34 2/3 innings this year) to bolster his 0.52 ERA. He's worked quite a bit as a multi-inning reliever both last year with Durham (79 1/3 innings in ...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility.
*Game Score is a stat created by Bill James...
ATLANTA Since Brian McCann's first full season in the majors back in 2006, he's proven to be one of the best offensive catchers in baseball. He leads all catchers in with 158 home runs and 598 RBI over that span, becoming a focal point of his hometown team's offense while hitting.279.352.481. In terms of value, only Twins catcher Joe Mauer bests him in wins above replacement...
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. 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...
Pirates first baseman Garret Jones became only the second player ever to hit a home run ball out of PNC Park and into the Allegheny River. The eighth inning 2-run shot, which traveled a reported 468 feet, nearly took out a bicyclist on its way to the water. The only other blast to reach Allegheny River was by Daryle Ward of the Astros in 2002. Pittsburgh would eventually win...
Yesterday, Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones became one of the few players to hit a home run out of PNC Park in Pittsburgh and into the Allegheny River behind the stadium.
Jones blast came in the 8th inning against the Cincinnati Reds and keep eye on the below GIF as a cyclist riding along the street nearly gets hit by the long ball:
(Courtesy of SB Nation)
Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...
Third baseman Juan Francisco has been traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league left-handed pitcher Tom Keeling.
The 25-year-old Keeling will be assigned to Double-A Mississippi, the Braves said Monday.
Francisco, who had shared time at third base with Chris Johnson, hit .241 with five homers, 16 RBIs and 43 strikeouts in 108 at-bats and was designated...
When the Pirates called up two pitchers yesterday and made one of the corresponding moves the demotion of a postion player, the little voice in my head said, "Oh no, we're going to see some weird things this week." With the lefty Mike Minor on the mound tonight, we're seeing Russell Martin in right field.
I could list a million reasons that this is crazy ...
Andrew McCutchen has the 7th-most votes among outfielders, but can he get in as a reserve? (Photo Credit: David Hague)
There is only one month left in the fan voting for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at New York’s Citi Field. Today, MLB released updated ballot results for the National League.
The full results can be found here, but below are the current vote leaders at each position...
ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 6-3 win over the Nationals, which bumped the club's lead in the National League East to 6 12 games:
1. It's going to take a substantial rally for either the Nationals or Phillies to claim the division crown
From a players or managers standpoint, it's too early to make any bold proclamations of the Braves...
Left-hander Francisco Liriano might not realize the full value of his $8 million vesting option with the Pirates for next season. But as long as he avoids a specific re-injury to his right (non-pitching) arm, he almost certainly will return to the club, albeit at a lower price.
Under the terms of Liriano’s contract, a copy of which was obtained by FOXSports.com, his option will...
The emergence of Tyler Glasnow is one of many reasons the Pirates could be considered to have a top farm system.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins get a lot of praise for their farm systems. However, Jeff Passan talked with one longtime scout who said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were the team with the top farm system, and that it’s not close.
Passan went on to highlight...
A dramatic comeback and a truly incredible effort from the bullpen saved the Pirates from a sweep on Sunday. Instead of dropping a third straight game to the Reds for a demoralizing weekend, they rallied for one of the best wins of the year.
The first inning was a disaster. Maybe the clock has finally struck midnight for Jeanmar Gomez – he quickly allowed three runs before recording...
The 2013 MLB Draft starts on Thursday at 7 PM, with the first two rounds of the draft taking place that evening. The Pittsburgh Pirates pick 9th, 14th, and 51st that day. Rounds 3-10 follow on Friday at 1 PM, and rounds 11-40 are on Saturday at 1 PM.
Last year we started doing a top 100 draft prospects list, providing a preview for the draft. Rather than going with a numerical ranking...
Wandy Rodriguez left today’s game in the first inning after recording one out, pointing to his left elbow. The Pirates later announced that Rodriguez left the game with tightness in his left forearm. That’s the same injury that Jeanmar Gomez had earlier in the week (although the right arm, obviously), and Gomez went on the disabled list. It seems likely that Rodriguez will go...