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I’ve spent most of the day working on finishing up the draft rankings with John Dreker. We will be writing up the draft rankings article tomorrow, and recording the rest of the draft podcast. All of that will go up on Tuesday as we prepare for the MLB Draft on Thursday. Because I spent most of the day working on those rankings, I’m going with a “thoughts” article tonight.
**How great was the bullpen tonight? Ten shutout innings was huge in keeping the Pirates in that game, and then keeping the game tied until the offense won. That’s been the story all season. It’s almost to the point in extra innings where you ask “when will the Pirates win this game?” You just ignore the fact that the other team could score a run, mostly because that has rarely happened for the Pirates’ bullpen this year.
Ryan Reid could be a good addition to the bullpen with his heavy ground ball rate and high strikeout rate. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
**On the flip side of things, the extensive use of the bullpe...
BEST OF MAXIM
Francisco Liriano is looking like the 2010 version, or better. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
I use the “small sample size” disclaimer a lot on this site, so it’s important to note that everything Francisco Liriano has done so far this season comes with that same disclaimer. Having said that, what Francisco Liriano has done so far is cause for some excitement. In five starts,...
Russell Martin slides past catcher Devin Mesoraco to score the game-winning run in the 11th inning. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
When PNC Park was built in 2001 along the North Shore of the Allegheny River, the Pirates erected a sign on the right-field wall to track how many home runs the Bucs would hit into the river on the fly.
Twelve years later: 1.
After the Pirates (35-22) missed...
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...
The usual mock drafts at Baseball America have been run by Jim Callis, but they switched up the process for their latest mock draft released today. They had four of their draft experts take turns making the picks. Nathan Rode picked first, followed by Callis, Conor Glassey and John Manuel. As they note, this is a little different than a mock draft, as this one is based on who they...
Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. This year we will also be recapping each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month. Below are the average pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of May. The rankings include every pitcher who made at least four...
Pittsburgh 1B Garrett Jones becomes the first Pirate to hit a home run into the Allegheny River on the fly on Sunday. And it’s the first blast in over a decade to do so. The shot almost took out two oblivious cyclists on the descent. Watch the towering blast courtesy of MLB.com:
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The only other player to clear all dry land on a blast...
Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed Jeanmar Gomez exited Sunday’s
start after experiencing tightness in his forearm. The Pirates wasted little
time moving Gomez to the 15-day disabled list, as they officially listed his
injury as a strained forearm.
To make room on the active roster, the #Pirates have placed RHP Jeanmar Gomez on the 15-day D.L. due to right forearm inflammation...
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)
Kiley McDaniel has the Pirates taking Reese McGuire with the 9th pick.
Kiley McDaniel of Scout.com released his third mock draft today, and has a pretty favorable result for the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the 9th pick in the draft, McDaniel has prep catcher Reese McGuire. With the 14th pick in the draft, McDaniel has prep left-hander Trey Ball. If the Pirates could get both prep...
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.
Result: Rockies 10, Pirates 7
Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (0-0, 9.64) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Top Hitter: Rodney Polonia...
Garrett Jones is a level-headed guy. Even he gets mad sometimes.
He was upset when he stepped into the batters' box in the eighth inning Sunday after striking out with runners on second and third in his previous at-bat. Jones then unleashed his anger by hitting a 463-foot game-tying home run
Travis Snider then hit an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning and the Pirates...
Charlie Morton will make a rehab start for Indianapolis tonight, in what should be his last outing before joining the Pirates. In Lakewood today, Tyler Glasnow will try to get back on track after a shaky outing earlier in the week that saw him walk seven batters. Bradenton was rained out yesterday. They will make the game up today as part of a doubleheader. Two new teams on the schedule...
Sunday is kids day at PNC Park! Maybe they can let some kids bat! A potential sweep at home? Not good guys. At least the Pirates let fans watch another team not score. It falls to Jeanmar Gomez. Undefeated Jeanmar Gomez. Mr. Pirates don’t lose when I start Jeanmar Gomez. Seven innings of three…
The Braves blasted their way past the Bucs to take game one of this week’s series in Atlanta, as A.J. Burnett suffered through his worst start of the season.
It was clear early on that Burnett wasn’t happy with home plate ump Dan Iassogna’s strike zone (it definitely did appear to be tight), and he walked three hitters in the first four innings. The third walk was to Freddie...