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There are two types of lists that usually come out this time of year. The prospect lists focus on the future and the upside of each player. Then there’s the lists that focus only on the impact prospects can make in the upcoming season. Baseball America released one of those lists today, looking at the top 20 rookies for the 2013 season. The list is ranked based on the impact the player could have in 2013, and not based on prospect status.
Gerrit Cole was the only Pirate on the list, coming in at number 14. Their best case scenario has Cole handling Triple-A with ease, and arriving in the majors by mid-season. Their worst case is that Cole continues to be more hittable than his stuff suggests, and his mistakes get hammered by big league hitters.
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Gerrit Cole struck out six in three shutout innings today.
Gerrit Cole didn’t have much trouble taking on Spain. The right-hander threw three shutout innings in his second Spring Training appearance, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out six. He was sitting 94-97 MPH, and throwing mostly fastballs. He didn’t need anything else.
“He was focused. He went out there...
The Pirates rolled to a 10-0 victory over Spain’s World Baseball Classic team on Tuesday. Spain’s lineup didn’t have any major leaguers in it, but Gerrit Cole‘s performance was still notable. Cole struck out the first six batters he faced and ended up going three strong innings. Gaby Sanchez also homered for the Bucs, continuing his hot spring.
Over in Arizona, Jameson Taillon...
Phil Irwin had a 2.83 ERA in 130.1 innings last year, with an 8.1 K/9 and a 1.7 BB/9.
When the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Phil Irwin, he was known as the other pitcher from Mississippi in the 2009 draft. The Pirates also selected Nate Baker in the 5th round that year. Baker and Irwin were the number two and three starters in the Ole Miss rotation in 2009, with the ace of the staff...
Gerrit Cole went 9-7 with a 2.80 ERA in the minors last summer and the Pirates right-hander is considered one of the 10 best minor league prospects in the game. PiratesDugout.com caught up with Cole recently.
Jameson Taillon is a 6-foot-6, 225-pound right-handed beast of a pitching prospect. Drafted second overall out of high school in 2010, Taillon, 21, isn’t as polished as fellow Pittsburgh pitching prospect Gerrit Cole, but he still offers tremendous upside as a future major-league starter.
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Taillon has pitched well at all three stops in his minor-league...
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
The streak is over, and not only are the Pirates a winning team, they are the champions of baseball. Their championship run was truly a team effort, but if you could point to one player...
Gaby Sanchez went 3 for 3 with a double, home run and two RBIs on Tuesday, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-0 rout of Spain's World Baseball Classic team.
Rhiner Cruz, a Houston Astros reliever and one of just two players with major league experience on the Spanish roster, allowed three runs in one inning.
The right-handed hitting Sanchez will likely platoon at first...
A lot can happen in the next three and a half weeks to shape up the Opening Day roster. We’ve only seen a small sample size from each player here, and while some players are standing out, it’s important to keep that perspective about the lack of playing time.
That said, here are some of my thoughts on the early part of camp, all coming with the disclaimer that it’s still early...
The 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates were better than we expected, finishing with 79 wins despite having just four players top the two win mark on the season. We can safely exclude any of those four players (Andrew McCutchen, AJ Burnett, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez) from being x-factors in 2013 for the Pirates, so where exactly does that leave us?
My x-factor for the Pittsburgh Pirates...
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
Nightmares can come in many different forms. For most of the teams that we've been covering in these series...
Day two of our NL Central preview week rolls along with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who came tantalizingly close to breaking their streak of losing seasons in 2012..but failed. Where will they end up in 2013? Well...we'll take a look today.
Yesterday was Cubs day on TOC, and here's your recap.
Cubs on TOC
End of Season Postmortem
Hope for the Hopeless
The Tampa Bay Rays starting pitchers continue to show why they are the team’s backbone. It was no different on Thursday when the Rays beat the Pittsburgh 4-2. Pitchers Alex Cobb and Chris Archer pitched seven strong innings. Cobb allowed one hit and struck out five in four innings while Archer surrendered two walks and struck out three in his three innings of work. It was scoreless...
The Pirates pounded the Red Sox 9-3 on Wednesday, although it may have felt kind of like a scrimmage with so many former Bucs on the field for Boston. Brock Holt, Drew Sutton, Pedro Ciriaco and David Ross saw action for the Sox.
Jeff Locke pitched pretty well. He went four innings and allowed one run on three hits and two walks. The lefty struck out two and appears to be inching...
Every year the Pittsburgh Pirates throw their fans a party where they can get player autographs and interact with coaches and members of team management. It’s a unique opportunity for the fans to get up close and personal with their favorite Buccos and show their support. They call this annual