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Charlie Morton will get the start in Indianapolis tonight, as he prepares to make it back to the majors for the first time since returning from Tommy John Surgery. Two new teams are on the daily schedule as the Dominican Summer League season got under way a week ago today. For a look at the players to watch on the DSL teams, check out our season preview here. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here.
Charlie Morton is on schedule to rejoin the Pirates next week
AAA: Indianapolis (42-21) vs Norfolk (37-25) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Charlie Morton (0-1, 4.26)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Durham 5
Charlie Morton is scheduled to make his ninth rehab start tonight, his last before rejoining the Pirates. He has started once for Bradenton, four times for Altoona and now this will be his fourth start for Indianapolis. In his last outing, he went 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, four walks and four strikeouts. In his previous start, he allowed five runs over five innings to Pawtucket. Morton threw three no-hit innings in his AAA debut. With Altoona, he was 1-1, 2.41 in 18.2 innings. Between all three stops, batters are hitting just .189 against him.
AA: Altoona (25-35) vs Binghamton (36-25) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (6-3, 3.33)
Yesterday’s Result: Binghamton 3, Altoona 2
Casey Sadler will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He leads the Pirates organization with 75.2 innings pitched. Sadler has allowed 69 hits, seven homers and 19 walks, while striking out 43 batters. He has a 1.96 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA, with lefties and righties both hitting .250 against him. In his last start, he gave up four runs over 5.2 innings. It was his second straight outing in which he allowed four runs. The first was on the road against Binghamton.
High-A: Bradenton (24-35) vs Ft Myers (40-18) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (3-3, 4.36)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6 Ft Myers 5 in 10 innings
Robby Rowland will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 53.2 innings, allowing 51 hits, four homers and 17 walks. He has 27 strikeouts, a 1.34 GO/AO ratio and a .254 BAA. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings, giving up five hits and a walk. Rowland has a huge split against right-handed and lefty batters. Righties are batting just .183 against him, while left-handers are hitting .358 with three homers. He has only 12 strikeouts in his last seven starts combined. In his two prior outings to that stretch, Rowland struck out 11 total hitters.
Low-A: West Virginia (32-28) vs Hagerstown (32-25) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (6-3, 2.04)
Yesterday’s Result: Hagerstown 9, West Virginia 3
Orlando Castro will make his 12th start of the season tonight and his first since being named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team. He has pitched a total of 61.2 innings this year, allowing 57 hits, four homers and just five walks. Castro has 54 strikeouts, a 1.20 GO/AO ratio and a .248 BAA. In his last start, he gave up one run over six innings to Lakewood, allowing eight hits, no walks and he struck out five batters. Castro has not allowed a walk or a home run to a left-handed batter in 54 AB’s this season. At home this year, he is 3-1, 2.42 in four starts.
DSL: Pirates1 (1-4) vs Marlins (3-2) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 2, Phillies 0
DSL: Pirates2 (2-4) vs Mets1 (3-3) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 9, Cardinals 8
6/6 Barrett Barnes activated from DL. Junior Sosa sent to Bradenton
6/6 Zachary Von Roseberg activated from DL. Jhondaniel Medina sent to West Virginia
6/6 Stefan Welch traded to Red Sox organization
6/5 Jake Burnette placed on disabled list retroactive to 6/3
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With the Pirates’ second pick in the first round, they selected high school catcher Reese McGuire out of Kentwood High School in Washington.
McGuire is a left-handed hitter and is rated as the best catcher in this year’s draft.
Here’s his official prospect video:
Here’s what Baseball America has to say about McGuire:
McGuire was known by scouts early, playing in the 2011...
The Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced what many had speculated for days that blue chip prospect Gerrit Cole will be promoted to the majors. Cole will make his major league debut Tuesday against the reigning world champion San Francisco Giants. No pressure kid, oh and by the way you facing off against former CY Young winner Tim Lincecum.
The 22-year old right handed hurler is...
Day three of the 2013 MLB draft is underway. We will be recapping the draft five rounds at a time from this point forward. Check back here for information on the picks in rounds 21-25. As players are drafted we will add the names, followed shortly by analysis. At the end of the group of rounds we will provide an overall analysis on all five picks.
21st Round, 629th Overall: Adam...
With the 51st pick in the 2013 draft, the Pirates took a left-handed California high school pitcher named Blake Taylor. Taylor's only 17 years old, he currently throws his fastball in the low 90s, and he's 6'3." He's your protypical projectible high school pitcher, with his extremely young age making him particularly interesting. From what I can tell, he'...
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted LHP Cody Dickson from Sam Houston State in the fourth round of the MLB draft. Dickson is a 6′ 3″, 180 pound left hander who has had some problems with his delivery, but has a projectable frame and an easy throwing motion.
He had a 4.26 ERA in 95 innings this year, with a 91:51 K/BB ratio. That was a big increase in strikeouts from last year, when...
Jonathan Mayo has the Pirates taking Hunter Renfroe with the 14th pick. Image Courtesy: Mississippi State Athletics
All of the final mock drafts are coming out this morning, and Jonathan Mayo is the next to release his picks. Mayo has Reese McGuire going to the Pirates with the ninth pick and Hunter Renfroe going to Pittsburgh 14th overall.
That’s the third mock draft today that...
Francisco Liriano tossed seven shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on Friday.
Liriano allowed just two hits while walking a season high five batters in the day contest at Wrigley. He also recorded eight strikeouts. On the year Liriano has a 1.47 ERA and 47 strikeouts though 36 innings of work.
Pirates closer Jason Grilli notched his 23rd...
Yesterday the Pirates took some high upside guys, drafting Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire in the first round, then taking Blake Taylor in the second. Today they continued going for upside, adding a lot of guys who will need some development, and maybe an adjustment or two, but have the tools, pitches, and skills to pay off if the Pirates’ development system can make the proper...
A.J. Burnett pitched into the ninth inning and Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Burnett (4-6) gave up four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 8 1-3 innings to improve to 5-0 at Wrigley Field.
The Pirates tagged Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (3-7) for eight hits, including Alvarez'...
The Bradenton doubleheader yesterday was canceled due to weather. The two games will not be made up due to the fact Daytona and Bradenton do not meet up again during the first half of the season. West Virginia had their game rained out last night. They will make up the game on the road next week. Altoona was also rained out. That game will be made up in August when the two teams...
The Pirates still haven’t snapped out of their offensive funk, but today they were able to ride some spectacular pitching as they ended a three game losing streak and started this weekend’s series in Chicago with a shutout win.
Francisco Liriano delivered another excellent start. His control problems that we feared this offseason were on full display – he walked five and...
Pirates (36-25) at Cubs (24-34)
4:05 PM–Wrigley Field, Chicago
The Bucs go for a series win on the road today – always a nice feat even if it’s just the Cubs. This will be the Bucs’ third afternoon game in a row, and they’ll play a fourth tomorrow as well.
Rumor has it that Gerrit Cole could be coming up to start for the Bucs on Tuesday...
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: June 27, 1995
Height: 6′ 7″
Drafted: 33rd Round, 989th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Salado HS (TX)
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Bazar seems like a typical Pirates pick. He’s a huge pitcher with a projectable frame, and currently throws 90 MPH. He...
Born: May 3, 1995
Drafted: 1st Round, 9th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Grayson HS, Loganville, GA
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
The Pirates selected Meadows with the ninth pick, which they had as a result of their inability to sign Mark Appel in 2012...