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James McDonald didn’t have a good rehab start in the GCL. Photo Credit: David Hague
Two Pittsburgh Pirates rehab updates this afternoon:
**James McDonald made a rehab start with the GCL Pirates, and it didn’t go so well. McDonald threw 0.2 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, with one strikeout. He didn’t complete the inning, and Jimy Hernandez left his final runner stranded. Rehab assignments are always difficult to get a feel for, since you don’t know specifically what the pitcher is working on. However, the GCL pitchers combined to throw 8.1 innings of shutout ball with an 11:3 K/BB ratio against the same team McDonald faced, which doesn’t look good for McDonald.
**Travis Snider will start his rehab work tonight with Altoona. Snider has up to 20 days on rehab assignment, although Altoona doesn’t have that many days left in their season. If he’s not ready by the end of the year, he could join Indianapolis for their playoff run. I don’t expect him to be back before rosters expand.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Rob Biertempfel reported yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been scouting Cuban defector Jose Abreu, and will attend a showcase he will hold in September. The Pirates have been mentioned in the past with Cuban players, but they have never been serious bidders. Most of the international signings the Pirates make are off the radar players like Starling Marte ($85,000), Alen...
The Pirates need to stop bunting away outs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
In the eighth inning of tonight’s game, Starling Marte led off with a bunt single. The score was tied 2-2, and if the Pirates scored a run they would be able to turn to Mark Melancon for the save in the top of the ninth. The Diamondbacks kept left-hander Wade Miley in to face Jordy Mercer, with Andrew McCutchen...
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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jeff Locke was on a fairytale ride with his amazing season, but after the All-Star Break things have gone south for the young lefty.
On Saturday, the 25-year-old lasted 2 2/3 innings and surrendered eight runs on 10 hits and three walks. That was by far his worst outing of the season.
Locke was brilliant for the Pirates during the first half...
Francisco Liriano stopped a longer losing skid by flummoxing the San Diego Padres. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN DIEGO — Francisco Liriano sliced up the San Diego Padres for a season-high 12 strikeouts over seven shutout innings to pave the Pirates’ way to a 3-1 road victory. Pedro Alvarez drove in all three Pittsburgh runs, two with the help of San Diego’s right-field error...
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,...
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. For a recap of the DSL All-Star game, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player/stat each day.
Result: Pirates 11, Yankees2 3
Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP...
The Pirates return to Petco Park, where a Padres sweep last August put the collapse in motion.
Fans who keep a close eye on the calendar may notice the Pirates’ August déjà vu.
On Sunday, August 19, 2012, the Pirates won a 19-inning game over the St. Louis Cardinals, then traveled to San Diego. The Padres swept the Bucs and Petco, and Pittsburgh started into a tailspin of 23...
Diamondbacks (63-58) at Pirates (72-50)
1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Yesterday’s loss wiped out most of the good that Friday’s win did for the Bucs, so now they’re set for an important rubber match game this afternoon with Arizona. The Bucs are looking for their first series win in over a week and they are about to go back on the road for a west coast...
David Bromberg gave up one unearned run in 5.2 innings tonight.
Reading’s Ryan Demmin and Altoona’s David Bromberg found themselves in a pitcher’s duel on Tuesday night at Peoples’ Natural Gas Field. The Fightins scored a controversial run in the sixth and added an insurance run in the eighth to shut out the Curve 2-0 in Eastern League action.
The lefty Demmin was making...
After a slow start that included two stints on the disabled list, Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is starting to heat up at the plate. The switch hitter is batting .312 is the last 28 days, with one home run and nine RBI. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Walker recently.
You might have slept through it, but if you did, you missed a historic performance by Francisco Liriano, who once again came up with an incredible effort to halt a mini skid.
Liriano was more dominant than he’s been all season – which is saying quite a bit – and he ended up with more K’s than any Bucco starter since 2004 (Oliver Perez). 2004!! For perspective, opposing starters...
Francisco Liriano took another step toward proving that his dismantling at Coors Field two weeks ago was a fluke.
He carved up the San Diego Padres with a devastating slider forcing swing after swing at nothing but air in the Pirates' 3-1 victory Monday night at Petco Park.
The Pirates maintained their one-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central after the Cardinals...
Earlier tonight I started getting “Morneau to the Pirates?” tweets. I had no idea where they were coming from, since none of my other Twitter columns were mentioning Morneau. I did a search and found that Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press had this opinion on Morneau.
Pittsburgh Pirates still seem the best bet if the Twins trade Justin Morneau before Aug. 31.
— Charley Walters...