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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 Prospects player page.
1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (4-7, 3.76) – DNP
2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.270) – DNP
3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (6-2, 2.43) - DNP
4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.278) - 1-for-5, 2B, BB, 2 RBI
5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.154) - 1-for-4, 2B
6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) - 1-for-4, 2B
7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-2, 2.84) - DNP
8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-2, 4.79) - DNP
9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.460) - 2-for-4, 2 2B
10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.266) - 2-for-4, 3B
11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.281) - 2-fo
BEST OF MAXIM
Wandy Rodriguez will begin throwing later this week. (Photo by: David Hague)
Here are some injury updates on some of the Pirates major leaguers. The first two come via Rob Biertempfel and Michael Sanserino on Twitter.
**Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) and James McDonald (shoulder) are expected to begin throwing next week. It’s possible that both could return by September when rosters...
Reds announcer and Fox play by play man Thom Brennaman got caught with a hot mic Sunday afternoon with Cincy hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates. After Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke walked Reds SS Zack Cozart, you can hear Brennaman whisper "this guy sucks" into the microphone.
One would have to presume Brennaman is not talking about Cozart, but Locke. Perhaps that'...
John Sickels says that Tyler Glasnow is among the best pitching prospects in baseball.
John Sickels released his mid-season top 75 prospects this week. The Pittsburgh Pirates had four players on the list, with all four appearing in the top 50. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Tyler Glasnow all made the list.
Taillon was first on the list, coming in at number 10...
The first half of the season saw the Pittsburgh Pirates use 11 starting pitchers. The reason the number was so high was largely due to injuries. Out of the 11 pitchers who have made starts this year for the Pirates, 7 have missed time due to injuries. The guys who have stayed healthy are Jeff Locke (not counting his recent lower back tightness which caused him to miss his last start...
Jeff Locke has reduced his season FIP from 4.47 to 3.77 over the last two months. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Jeff Locke does not suck.
I wrote two months ago that Locke would not continue to dominate as he dominated the early part of the season. What he has done in those two months surprised me: he kept pitching to prevent runs.
Locke’s winning performance in the Pirates’ 3...
Jeff Locke hadn't pitched since July 8 and missed out on a chance to play in the All-Star Game because of lower back stiffness, but when the 25-year-old left-hander took the mound on Sunday against the Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said beforehand he'd do so without limitations.
"I don't think we'll have him under a microscope by any means...
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Just a quick perspective in the wake of SP Jeff Locke and some timely hitting salvaging the series finale of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ second-half opener against the pursuant Cincinnati Reds…
1. By my crude math, winning 1 game out of 3 is 300% better than falling...
Jeff Locke returned to the mound with a strong performance as he helped the Pittsburgh Pirates avoid a sweep with a 3-2 win against their division rival Cincinnati Reds on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.
The Pirates offense has been less than sub par in recent weeks but they had just enough to fuel the fire and salvage a game from the Reds.
Coming into Sunday’s...
Russell Martin had two hits, including one of the solo homers, in the Pirates’ losing effort. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Losing in Cincinnati does not harm Pittsburgh’s playoff chances as much as one might think. The Reds and Pirates are still on a collision course for the NL Wild Card Playoff (43% chance this is the Coin Flip Game matchup), and even after a loss the Bucs are...
West Virginia was rained out last night. They play Savannah again in late August and will make up the game then. Both DSL affiliates are off for the next two days while the league breaks for it’s All-Star game on Sunday. 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...
Finddog822 (via Flickr) Heading into our first full week of action after the All Star Game, we'll scour the wire for some helpful additions to your fantasy lineup. This week our picks include a recent call-up in Jonathan Villar, an old favorite from the Seattle Mariners who's en fuego, and the boring but surprisingly effective Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates. I...
The Pittsburgh Pirates don't just want to have their first season above .500 in 20 years; they also want to make a serious playoff run. Although they are just one game back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, given their recent history and the strength of the division, many still believe they'll finish third, behind the Cincinnati Reds. An offensive upgrade could...
Last night we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking at Alex Rios, and also might consider Alexei Ramirez. I’ve already done a Trade Values article on Rios. That article included a brief estimate of the value of Ramirez, although that came from just glancing at his stats and contracts, rather than digging in deep and looking at him closer. With last night’s rumor, I decided...
Saturday’s loss undoubtedly ranks among the most frustrating of the year – possibly atop the list. In addition to the usual RISP failures (including a spectacularly awful display in the ninth inning), the pitching and defense was not up to snuff, and a few bad breaks really hurt them as well. It all ended in the second straight close, irritating loss to a rival on the road that...
It sure is nice to get the first win after the All-Star Break, isn't it?
The Pirates didn't really play all that badly on Friday or Saturday (at least, I didn't think so; they got slammed by bad inning from Liriano on Friday and were just one or two hits away on Saturday), but at this point in the season wins are wins and losses are losses. Garrett Jones gave the...