RICK VANDEN HURK NEWS

Andy Oliver Named the International League Pitcher of the Week

Andy Oliver was named the International League pitcher of the week. Andy Oliver made two starts last week for the Indianapolis Indians, and combined to give up one earned run in 11 innings, allowing just five hits, and posting an 11:10 K/BB ratio. For the pair of starts, Oliver was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week. Oliver threw six shutout innings last Monday...
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May 13, 2013  |  Discuss

News and notes

The first week of 2013 was a pretty slow one in terms of Pirates news, but here’s a quick roundup: As you’ve surely seen far too many times by now on Twitter or Facebook, Andrew McCutchen is in the running to be on the cover of MLB 13 The Show. You can vote for him by tweeting with the hashtag MLB13Cutch or by clicking here and using Facebook. Remember Francisco Liriano? The...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Release Rick VandenHurk

According to the Pittsburgh Pirates Twitter feed, the Pirates have asked for release waivers on RHP Rick VandenHurk, so he will be allowed to sign with a foreign club. With the move, the 40-man roster now sits at 39 players. That doesn’t include Francisco Liriano, who has yet to officially sign. VandenHurk went 13-5, 2.92 in 21 appearances for Indianapolis last season, 19 as a...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Rick VandenHurk is a Terrible Pitcher

Rick VandenHurk is a terrible pitcher.There, I said it.  Someone had to.The 27 year old right-hander from the Netherlands is in his 6th MLB season.  Not sure how he continues to latch on with teams and get called up to the Majors, but he does.  His career ERA is 6.11 with a 1.64 WHIP over 49 appearances, 35 of which have been starts.  For his career, he has a -1.3 WAR, meaning...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Evan Meek Outrighted to Triple-A

Per the MLB.com transactions page, relief pitcher Evan Meek has been outrighted to Indianapolis. The right-hander was designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for Rick VandenHurk. His outright assignment means the Pirates will retain him in the organization for now. However, Meek has enough time in baseball to qualify as a minor league free agent after...
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September 17, 2012  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Dismal Tide

“You know, if you’d have told me 20 years ago I’d see children walking the streets of our Texas towns with green hair, bones in their noses, I just flat-out wouldn’t have believed you.” “Signs and wonders. But I think once you quit hearing ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am,’ the rest is soon to foller.” “Oh, it’s the tide. It’s the dismal tide. It is not the...
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September 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Notebook: Missed Opportunities Hurt Bucs in Extras

After getting swept from Chicago over the weekend in Pittsburgh, Manager Clint Hurdle was repetitive with what needed to be done to get the Pirates out of their rough stretch. “Everything is in front of us,” Hurdle said on Sunday after the loss. “We need to win games. You don’t need more incentives than being in the place we’re in right now. You need to win more games.”...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds 4, Pirates 3(14)

Ryan Ludwick drove in the winning run with a two-out infield single in the 14th inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a marathon 4-3 victory Monday night that handed the fading Pittsburgh Pirates their fourth straight loss. Rick VandenHurk (0-1), who was called up before the game, started the 14th and gave up a single by Devin Mesoraco. Brandon Phillips reached when the Pirates...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

GAMEDAY: Pirates at Reds

Pirates (72-67) at Reds (84-57) 7:10 PM EST–Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Here is the MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT Sports The Pirates failed to capitalize on their easy homestand and now have to hit the road against the first-place Reds. A few weeks ago, folks may have viewed this as a crucial series…and it still is for the Pirates…but not so much for Cincinnati. The Redlegs...
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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Recall Chase d’Arnaud, Bryan Morris; DFA Evan Meek

The Pittsburgh Pirates today recalled Chase d’Arnaud and Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis. They also selected the contract of Rick VandenHurk from Triple-A. In order to make room on the 40-man for VandenHurk, Evan Meek was designated for assignment. d’Arnaud posted a .252/.325/.383 line over 98 games at Triple-A this season. d’Arnaud joined the club in late August when...
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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians Fall To Knights In First Playoff Game

Charlotte Knights  8,   Indianapolis Indians  1 (Box)   Rick VandenHurk took the loss tonight. A busy first inning was all the Charlotte Knights needed to defeat the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field tonight in the first game of the first round of the International League playoffs.  Knights’ starter Charlie Leesman dominated the Indians’ batters, allowing just one run...
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September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Heredia Finishes Strong; Indy and DSL Lose Playoff Games

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 4.50) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-0, 1.59) - Season Completed 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (4-2, 2.71) - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.309) - Season...
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September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 9/5/12

Luis Heredia is on the mound tonight for State College, getting the last regular season start for the entire Pirates minor league system. Indianapolis begins their playoffs tonight against Charlotte. The first two games will be played in Indianapolis, while the third game will be played in Charlotte. If necessary, the fourth and fifth games will also be played in Charlotte. The...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 9/3/12

Bradenton closed out their season yesterday, while Altoona and West Virginia each end their schedules today. The DSL Pirates lost the opener of their three game series against the Angels for the league title. The GCL Pirates won the GCL championship Wednesday. Indianapolis wraps up their regular season today and they will begin their playoffs Wednesday. State College is the only...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Six Shut Out Innings For MVP VandenHurk In Indians’ Win

Indianapolis Indians  6,  Toledo Mud Hens  1 (Box)     Rick VandenHurk, the Indians’ MVP, won his 13th game of the season. Starter Rick VandenHurk threw 6 shutout innings to begin the evening, then was awarded the Indians’ Most Valuable Player honors to end the evening.  The Indians defeated the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field, giving the Indians a 3 games to 1 lead in...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Rick VandenHurk, Jeff Locke Receive Indianapolis Awards

The Indians gave out the team awards after the game tonight: Most Valuable Player — Rick VandenHurk.  He finishes the regular season with a 13-5 record and a 2.92 ERA in 19 starts (plus two relief appearances) for the Indians. Starting Pitcher of the Year — Jeff Locke.  Locke went 10-5 for the Tribe with a 2.48 ERA, leading the team with 24 starts and 131 strikeouts.  He also...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Taillon and Kingham Finish Their Seasons Strong

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. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) - Promoted to Indianapolis 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-0, 1.59) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 8/31/12

Jameson Taillon gets the start for Altoona tonight. Barring an unlikely promotion to Indianapolis for the playoffs, this will be his last game of the season. The DSL Pirates1 won the second round of their playoffs yesterday and will now go on to play the winner of the Yankees/Angels series in a best of three series for the DSL championship. The start date of that series is tentatively...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Top Pirates Minor League Pitching Performances: Week Ending 8/26

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s...
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August 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians Can’t Keep Above the Surface Against Clippers

Columbus Clippers  5,  Indianapolis Indians  3 (Box)   Rick VandenHurk gave up 2 runs over 5 innings. Clippers’ starter TJ McFarland has not had a good season against the Indianapolis Indians.  In his three previous starts against the Indians, McFarland got beat around.  On July 7th, the Indians scored 8 runs on 10 hits and 4 walks against McFarland in just 2.1 innings....
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August 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 8/26/12

Jameson Taillon will make his second start at AA today, coming off five shutout innings in his opener. West Virginia is three games out in their division, with eight games left on the season. Bradenton trails first place Jupiter(today’s opponent) by 2.5 with eight games left. The Marauders have postponed Monday’s game already due to the tropical storm in the area. They will...
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August 26, 2012  |  Discuss

VandenHurk, Meek, And Wood Hold Chiefs To 3 Hits In Indians’ Win

Indianapolis Indians  2,  Syracuse Chiefs  1 (Box)   Rick VandenHurk allowed one unearned run in 7.1 innings of work. Another brilliant performance by Indians’ pitching boosted the Indians over the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY.  Starter Rick VandenHurk earned his 12th win for the Indians, and closer Tim Wood earned his 20th Save. The win gives the Indians...
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August 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 8/21/12

Jameson Taillon will make his AA debut tonight, on the road in Trenton. Bradenton was off yesterday. They are 1.5 games back in their division, with 13 games left. West Virginia is a 1/2 game out in their division, with 13 games left on the season. Indianapolis has a ten game lead in their division with 14 games left to their schedule.  The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates have...
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August 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Top Pirates Minor League Pitching Performances: Week Ending 8/19

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s...
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August 20, 2012  |  Discuss

If the Pirates Need a Pitcher From Indianapolis Tomorrow…

Today’s 19 inning game was easily the best win of the year for the Pirates. But the aftermath could lead to some roster shuffling tomorrow, especially with tomorrow’s starter, Wandy Rodriguez, going two innings to finish the game. If the Pirates need a starter, they would have to go to Indianapolis to get one. Kevin Correia pitched multiple innings today. None of the major league...
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August 19, 2012  |  Discuss
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