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Today wrapped up the bulk of the minor league seasons for the individual teams in the Pirates’ farm system. Bradenton, Altoona, West Virginia, and the GCL Pirates are now finished.
Indianapolis finished their regular season today, and will go on to the International League playoffs, which start on Wednesday. There won’t be many “prospects” playing in those games. The Pirates have raided the Indians, leaving them with a lineup that includes players like Anderson Hernandez, Hector Luna, Dallas McPherson, Brandon Boggs, and Jeff Larish. The main guys to watch are the guys who were recently promoted from Triple-A: Gerrit Cole, Matt Curry, and Ramon Cabrera. Chase d’Arnaud and Matt Hague are the only prospects left from the 40-man roster on the hitting side. Bryan Morris was inexplicably left in Triple-A, despite being out of options next year (in other words, now is the time to see what they have in him). The other top prospect at the level is Tony Sanchez, who currently has a broken t...
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Marte, Qualls, Walker Close to Getting Back With Pirates
Manager Clint Hurdle can sigh in relief with several players getting close to coming back to playing with the Pirates. Marte (oblique) started his rehab assignment with State College tonight, and will have it transferred to Triple-A on Wednesday. Neil Walker (low back) continues to ramp his workouts, and Chad Qualls (big...
Brock Holt stands at just 5′ 10″ and 170 pounds, but don’t let his size fool you of the drive that he has.
“Isn’t that the beauty of this sport?,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “That he’s overachieving, but maybe he’s not because everybody else’s expectations of what’s successful should be, or what a successful second baseman should look like? I just love the fact...
Since Brock Holt joined the big league club, the infielder has created a spark at the top of the lineup. Holt picked up two hits in his first big league start, and came back even better on Wednesday at PNC Park. With Holt being able to get on base, it put more pressure on the Houston Astros’ starter Jordan Lyles as Andrew McCutchen put together a big night as well.
On October 13,1960, Bill Mazeroski hit his famous World Series winning, walk-off homer. Not only was it the greatest single moment in Pittsburgh Pirates history, it ranks up there as the single greatest moment in baseball history. His Pirates career was far from just one moment, Maz played 2,163 regular season games for the Pirates and 12 postseason games. He is considered by many...
With his four hits last night, Brock Holt quickly ascended to the top of every single Pirate fan's "Please tell me this guy can be better than Clint Barmes when Neil Walker comes back" list. Because of the Pirates' utter lack of shortstop depth in the minors before Alen Hanson's emergence this year (and maybe again after Hanson makes what seems like an inevitable...
Starling Marte, who has been out with an oblique injury, is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment tonight with the State College Spikes. From there he will transfer the assignment tomorrow to Indianapolis, as the Indians start the International League playoffs. Marte ran the bases successfully yesterday, which was the final step before he could begin his rehab work.
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update.
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 4.50) - DNP
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-0, 1.59) - DNP
3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (3-2, 2.93) - DNP
4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.309) - 0-for-4
5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.325) ...
State College is the only Pirates affiliate that has yet to wrap up their schedule. They have two games remaining. Altoona and West Virginia finished their schedule yesterday. Indianapolis also wrapped up their regular season schedule yesterday. After an off-day today, they will begin their best-of-five playoff series against Charlotte. The DSL Pirates tied up their best-of-three...
On a slow day for Pittsburgh Pirates history, we have two players born on this date and one very minor trade, though it involved a player with an interesting career. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a strong major league debut for a Pirates pitcher from the 1982 season.
On this date in 1954, the Pirates traded first baseman Jack Phillips to the Chicago...
We have five former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, including one that can be considered the best of the worst. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a walk-off win from the 1978 season.
Matt Capps (1980) Reliever for the Pirates from 2005 until 2009. He was a seventh round pick in 2002 by the Pirates out of high school. Matt went from pitching in AA during...
Wandy Rodriguez has now pitched 13 consecutive scoreless innings over his past 2 starts. The top of the lineup came alive tonight, Andrew McCutchen is returning to form, Brock Holt is making his mark, and the Pirates beat the Astros, 6-2. Wandy gave up a hit and a walk in the 1st inning, but he [...]
The Pirates were swept out of Milwaukee on Sunday, as a good day at the plate wasn’t enough to overcome another awful start by James McDonald.
J-Mac continues to drive Pirate fans nuts. He looked SO good in those two games against the Cardinals these last two weeks, but this time came right out and walked the leadoff man on four pitches. Uh oh. Then Pedro Alvarez made an error...
The Pirates try to stop this latest losing streak at four games this evening with their second of three against the Astros. All isn't technically lost for 2012 yet, but it probably will be if the Pirates can't win these last two games against Houston at PNC Park. Wandy Rodriguez goes against his old club for the second time as a Pirate. Jordan Lyles, who's spent most...
Ugh. Still sick. I blame the Pirates at this point, specifically James McDonald. It’s always frustrating when a bad offensive team scores more than five runs and loses. Get it together guys. The Pirates need to sweep the Astros. No two ways about it. As of now the pitchers the Pirates will face in this [...]
Astros starter Edgar Gonzalez hadn’t pitched in a major league game since 2009. Despite pitching just 5.1 innings today, he looked like an ace against the Pirates. Jeff Locke struggled a bit in his first start of the year, and the Pirates’ offense wasn’t any help. The Astros started the game with 3 straight hits [...]