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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 seemed to be nowhere near the plate for a few short stretches. He negated those problems, though, by allowing just two singles – the Cubs couldn’t do anything at all when he did find the zone. Frankie struck out eight and really turned things up in the sixth and seventh – it was somewhat surprising to see him come back for the seventh as he approached 100 pitches, but he responded with a great 1-2-3 inning. The Bucs had to be very pleased to see a starter go seven – the ‘pen got a bit of extra rest after an off day.
Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli shut things down as usual in the eighth and ninth, although Melancon ...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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'...
D.J. Peterson has been a popular name at number 14. – Image Credit: David Benyak
Jim Callis of Baseball America has released his final mock draft, and has the Pirates taking two familiar names. With the ninth pick, Callis has the Pirates taking Reese McGuire, while D.J. Peterson is going with the 14th pick.
Callis has had McGuire going to the Pirates ninth overall in each of his...
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...
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...
The Pirates finally scored some runs for A.J. Burnett on Saturday, but he didn’t need many in one of his best performances of the season.
A.J. only struck out five and benefited from a few sharply hit outs, but he was remarkably efficient and gave the Pirates exactly what they’ve been looking for – an outing deep in to the game. Before today, no Pirate starter had even started...
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...
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...