Found September 01, 2012 on
Rick Vanden Hurk
As Kristy Robinson reported tonight, the Pirates will call up five players tomorrow when rosters expand, including infielder Brock Holt. To serve as an introduction to some of these players (or a refresher), here is a brief summary of each player. I included Kyle McPherson in this list, even though he was called up yesterday and threw in tonight’s game. I included him because there were a few people who were surprised at how hard he was throwing tonight, even though all of our reports on him have been in the 92-95 MPH range with his fastball. So I figured a refresher for McPherson, and the other guys coming up, would be good to have.
Chris Leroux - We saw a lot of Leroux last year in the majors. He missed a lot of time this year with an injury, and was eventually outrighted to Indianapolis. It was surprising that he cleared waivers, considering his success in the majors last year. Over the off-season he worked in the international winter leagues as a starting pitcher, with the main ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Altoona Curve announced their 2012 Team Awards today, giving out honors for the Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Fireman of the Year, and the Unsung Hero.
Brock Holt took home the top award, being named the team’s MVP. Holt was promoted to Indianapolis earlier this month, and in that time he led the Eastern League with a .322 average. He still leads the league and...
The Pittsburgh Pirates today recalled Kyle McPherson and Alex Prelsey from Triple-A Indianapolis. In order to make room, the club optioned Chase d’Arnaud to High-A Bradenton, and outrighted Jeff Clement to Bradenton.
Both McPherson and Prelsey are now automatically eligible for the postseason roster. With the outright of Clement, it opens up a spot on the 40-man roster. Clement...
Mike Vukovcan of KDKA reports through a source that right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson and outfielder Alex Presley are en route to Milwaukee, and will be recalled by the Pirates. If the Pirates recall both players by tomorrow, they would qualify for the postseason roster.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made the recalls of Eric Fryer, Jeff Locke, Justin Wilsoon, and the selection of the contracts of Brock Holt and Chris Leroux official. It was reported late last night of these moves.
Fryer provides Manager Clint Hurdle flexibility as the club’s third catcher. It can give him more opportunities to pinch-hit Michael McKenry if Rod Barajas gets the start...
According to a source, the following five players will join the Pirates in Milwaukee on Saturday when the rosters expand for September 1st. Pitchers Chris Leroux, Jeff Locke and Justin Wilson, catcher Eric Fryer and infielder Brock Holt.
Both Leroux and Holt are not currently on the club’s 40-man roster, but the roster was at 39 and a second spot opened on Friday when the Pirates...
The following players will join the Pirates tonight in Milwaukee as September call-ups: Chris Leroux, Justin Wilson, Eric Fryer, Jeff Locke, and Brock Holt.
None of these are a surprise, except for Holt – who also makes plenty of sense. Holt – a 9th round draft pick in 2009 – hit very well in Double-A early this season, and has gone absolutely insane in Indianapolis since being...
Today is August 31st. On August 31st, baseball's rosters lock for the post-season, which means that only players on the active roster or the disabled list on August 31st can be used in the playoffs (with an exception for the 60-day disabled list, which we can talk more about in a minute). The Pittsburgh Pirates are only 1/2 game out of a playoff spot right now, which means that...
Toledo Mud Hens 5, Indianapolis Indians 4
Brock Holt had 3 hits again today.
Audy Ciriaco’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th broke a 4-4 tie and gave the game to the Mud Hens tonight at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio. The Indianapolis Indians have a 2 games to one lead in this 5-game home-and-home series, which will resume at Victory Field tomorrow...
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled outfielder Alex Presley and right-hander Kyle McPherson on Friday from Triple-A Indianapolis.
To make room on the roster, infielder Chase d'Arnaud was optioned to Class A Bradenton and first baseman Jeff Clement was out-righted to Bradenton.
Since the moves were made before Sept. 1, both Presley and McPherson would be eligible to play in the...
Miller Park is a hitter friendly ballpark, and the ball was flying out of it on Sunday afternoon. There were a total of eight home runs combined between the two teams, four of them from the Milwaukee Brewers chased James McDonald from the game in just the third inning.
McDonald was impressive his last trip to the mound, in which has been a very inconsistent second half for the right...
The Indians gave out the team awards after the game tonight:
Most Valuable Player — Rick VandenHurk. He finishes the regular season with a 13-5 record and a 2.92 ERA in 19 starts (plus two relief appearances) for the Indians.
Starting Pitcher of the Year — Jeff Locke. Locke went 10-5 for the Tribe with a 2.48 ERA, leading the team with 24 starts and 131 strikeouts. He also...
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, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) - Promoted to Indianapolis
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 0.00) - DNP
3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (3-2, 2.93) - 4.2 IP, 4...
The Pittsburgh Pirates, despite being in their first pennant race in 15 years, have decided to add a rookie to their rotation for the stretch run. Left-hander Jeff Locke will start Monday against Houston in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand. He was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis on Saturday when the major-league roster limit expanded to 40 from 25....
The month of August was not a particularly sharp month for veteran A.J. Burnett. After tossing a two-run 8.2 innings performance in Cincinnati to start the month, the right-hander allowed at least four runs in each of his next four starts, posting a 5.18 ERA overall. But as the calendar changed on Saturday, perhaps so did Burnett, who was impressive in Milwaukee.
Burnett took a...
Jeff Karstens attempted to battle through a left groin strain on the mound on Friday in Milwaukee, but the decision proved to be costly to the club.
During the five days of rest, Karstens worked with the Pirates staff and recreated game adrenaline to test out the injury. The right-hander shortened his side session in order to not aggravate it. He was also monitored and said he...