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Episode three of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This week’s episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates, John Eshleman (@John_Eshleman) on Altoona, John Dreker (@JohnDreker) on the draft, an interview with Altoona pitching prospect Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19), and more. Highlights of the show include:
Minor League Recaps:
**A look at Tony Sanchez’s strong hitting in Indianapolis.
**When will Jameson Taillon and Stolmy Pimentel be ready for a promotion?
**Alen Hanson making some positive strides on defense.
**Why isn’t Stetson Allie a top 20 prospect right now?
**John Dreker joins the show to discuss Baseball America’s latest mock draft, which had Colin Moran and Sean Manaea going to Pittsburgh in the first round.
With James and Tom:
**Are the Pirates for real? A look at how the majority of question marks have worked out well.
**Looking at Pedro Alvarez struggling, and how the Pirates aren’t relying on him.
**The impact of Russell Martin on offense and defense.
**This week’s player interview is with Jameson Taillon. Jameson and John Eshleman discuss his 2013 season, his start from last Sunday, his pitches, and his top five video games. Find out which players on the Altoona Curve are the best at Mario Kart.
Click here to download the show (right-click and “Save Link As”) or stream it below.
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After losing 6 of 8 games last week (through May 8th), the Altoona Curve had more success this week going 4-1. Of particular note, the team has scored more runs, a sign that the offense is starting to turn it around, but they still only managed 4.2 runs per game on average (up from 2.4 the week before). The team also benefited from several strong pitching performances, including...
Pedro Alvarez struck with a massive home run into the Allegheny to tie the game. (Photo credit: David Hague)
Pedro Alvarez will frustrate the hell out of you. Pedro Alvarez will be unwatchable at the plate. Pedro Alvarez will fly south of the Mendoza Line for a month and a half.
Pedro Alvarez will also come up in the 8th inning of a game and tie it with one swing, send a ball 462...
Last season, Hughes posted a 2.85 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Right-handed reliever Jose Contreras has been placed on the bereavement list due to a death in his family, and the Pirates have recalled righty Jared Hughes to take his spot in the bullpen.
Contreras made his Pirates debut May 5 and has pitched in five games, with four strikeouts...
Your browser does not support iframes.Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Travis Snider flexed his muscles Thursday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.In the bottom of the fifth, Snider got a hold of a pitch from Hiram Burgos and smacked it high and deep toward the right center field seats at PNC Park. As you can see, the ball carries so well that it eventually clears both the outfield...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed reliever Jose Contreras on the bereavement list and will most likely miss the next three-to-seven days. Taking his spot on the active roster is Jared Hughes who was recalled from their Triple-A Indianapolis minor league affiliate. Hughes is expected to pitch in middle relief during Contreras’ absence. We here at FFLockerRoom send...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed infielder John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained lower back, according to Bill Brink of The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
#Pirates place John McDonald on the 15-day DL because of a lower back strain, recall Jordy Mercer from Class AAA Indianapolis.
— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) May 15, 2013
To replace McDonald on the roster...
Rob Biertempfel reports that Brian Jeroloman has been traded to the Washington Nationals.
#Pirates have traded Triple-A C Brian Jeroloman to #Nationals
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) May 17, 2013
The Pirates claimed Jeroloman in late 2011 from Toronto, then lost him a month later on waivers to Toronto. They added him in a minor trade before the season to add depth in Triple...
It’s been a busy day for draft coverage today, but one thing is for certain, DJ Peterson has jumped up in the rankings for everyone. We read earlier today that he could go to the Pirates with the ninth overall pick. Now Jonathan Mayo has the Pirates picking him with the 14th overall pick. He has also been mentioned as a possibility at #6 with the Marlins, #8 with the Royals and...
The Pirates activated free agent signee Francisco Liriano last weekend, and he impressed in his first two starts. The veteran lefty He has gone 2-0 with a sparkling 1.64 ERA and 16 strikeouts.PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Liriano recently.
Final: Astros 4, Pirates 2 (box)
WP: Jose Cisnero (1-0, 4.00 ERA)
LP: Bryan Morris (1-2, 3.68 ERA)
SV: Jose Veras (6, 3.71 ERA)
A.J. Burnett pitched stellar, as usual, giving up just one run over seven innings. He did walk four batters and give up five hits, but was helped out by seven strikeouts and two double plays. Burnett has a 2.57 ERA this season in ten starts and somehow the...
There are a few different ways I could begin this post, and I can’t settle upon a best one, so you’re going to get them all. Prepare for a blitz of introductions. Jason Grilli was the fourth overall pick in the 1997 draft, and he was sent from the Giants to the Marlins in a trade for Livan Hernandez. He made his big-league debut for Florida in 2000, when he was 23 years old,...
The Pirates were in significant danger of an embarrassing loss to the Astros for most of the night on Friday…but in the end, the Astros were the ones embarrassed. Badly.
The bottom of the ninth inning was an absolute mess. Only one person truly did something right in the inning – Andrew McCutchen singled to right to put men on the corners with one out. Marte had reached...
Travis Snider homered for the first time in nine months and drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the reeling Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 on Thursday night.
Snider finished 3 for 5, including a 458-foot blast off Hiram Burgos (1-2) in the sixth inning that gave the Pirates the lead. The home run sailed over bushes in right-center field at PNC Park, bounced on a sidewalk...
Astros (11-31) at Pirates (25-17)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs look to win their fifth straight and clinch this weekend’s series against the Astros tonight. This is a chance for the Bucs to put together an extended winning streak – something we haven’t seen for a long time.
Erik Bedard (0-2, 6.67) vs. A.J. Burnett...
Maybe a win against the Astros should have been easier and faster, but in the end the Astros handed it over. An error allowed the Pirates to win, 5-4. It was a weird game all around, one that saw Brandon Inge play 1st base and a homerun into the river. Jeanmar Gomez started for the…