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Can Kang bring a bang to the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup?

Earlier this off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates made headlines by winning the bidding rights to Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang in somewhat of a stunning move. Kang who played for the Nexen Heroes in the Korean league destroyed competition this past season. In 116 games he hit 40 home-runs with 117 runs batted in, while posting an impressive .356 batting average. While those numbers...
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Josh Harrison < 500

Josh Harrison is why we watch sports. In June of 2013, I saw him playing in a Triple-A game in Durham. He played well enough that I came back from the game thinking to myself, “Yeah, I think he’s probably ready to take Brandon Inge’s spot as a utility player.” In early July of 2014, he was a Swiss-Army knife All-Star. The selection was objectively a bit undeserved because...
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #109: Josh Harrison | 2B/3B/OF | PIT

At this time last year, FanGraphs was unrolling 2014 ZiPS projections, and Josh Harrison’s name was hard to find. A little Ctrl+F action shows no mention of him in that write-up previewing the 2014 Pirates, and the only place his name does appear is next to a yawn-inducing .264/.302/.399 slash line. By wOBA, Harrison’s projected .302 was behind notable sluggers Jose Tabata...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: How Josh Harrison Led to the Pirates Building a Stronger Bench

Earlier today we posted about how Buster Olney gave the Pittsburgh Pirates high rankings for their lineup, bullpen, and rotation. I don’t know if Olney is going to be ranking the benches any time soon, but I’m guessing the Pirates would rank high there, especially with the upcoming addition of Jung-Ho Kang. Their projected bench includes Sean Rodriguez, Corey Hart, Travis Snider...
Via Pirates Prospects
13 days ago  |  Discuss

NRIs For Morel and Tabata, Kang Scouting Report, Harrison’s Future, Win Now vs Win Later

The transactions page has Brent Morel and Jose Tabata receiving invites to Spring Training. Earlier in the week we learned that Tabata was invited to camp. Morel isn’t a surprise, since he played in Pittsburgh last year, is still in their minor league system, and is currently participating in mini camp. The other day I uploaded the 2015 Spring Training tracker. Morel has...
Via Pirates Prospects
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Josh Harrison is the New J-Hay

Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America I don’t think I’m going way out on a limb here by stating that Josh Harrison’s 2014 campaign was one which few people saw coming. The Pittsburgh Pirates super-utility player not only made the All-Star team last season but was a fantasy all-star for any owner that plucked him off of waivers early in the season. There was so...
Via The Fantasy Fix
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Josh Harrison leaves with twisted ankle

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Josh Harrison left his team's game against the Chicago Cubs in the bottom of the 11th inning after twisting his left ankle following an over-the-shoulder catch just a half-inning after he drove home the game-winning run. Chase d'Arnaud finished the game in Harrison's place. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink tweeted the news shortly after it happened...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Josh Harrison turns spectacular double play

There’s turning the conventional 5-4-3 double play and then there’s what Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison seems to do on a daily basis. With runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the seventh inning, Harrison made a great diving stop on a hit down the line by Cincinnati Reds third baseman Kris Negron. Quickly tapping third base with his throwing...
Via The Sports Daily
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Josh Harrison beats rundown with crazy baserunning

Here is a GIF of the botched rundown/blown call by the umpires #Mets — #ImWithTowels (@MetsKevin11) June 28, 2014 Pirates outfielder Josh Harrison is one hell of a baserunner. On Friday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets, Harrison displayed one of the most amazing base running plays you’ll ever see. In the 10th inning of a tie game...
Via The Sideline
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Why Josh Harrison has been the biggest surprise

Josh Harrison Right field wasn’t exactly a power position for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both Jose Tabata and Travis Snider were struggling, but then Josh Harrison worked his way into the starting role. The Cincinnati native has often been ridiculed by fans. Many questioned why he was even on the roster and thought he would never be anything more than a minor league baseball player...
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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