Astros can't solve King Felix, M's top Houston

For the second time in three days, Houston could not solve the ace of a pitching staff. First it was the Angels' Jered Weaver. On Friday night, it was Seattle's ace Felix Hernandez. "This is the big leagues. If you want to play here and you want to compete here, those are the guys that are here," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "They aren't going to say...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros’ Rudy Owens to Start vs Seattle

According to Bleacher Report, Houston Astros’ left-handed pitcher Rudy Owens has been recalled to start against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. The 26 year old has accumulated a 6.05 ERA in 41.2 innings in Triple-A this season. Right-handed pitcher Josh Reid has been optioned. Photo: Brad Barr/USA TODAY Sports   The post Houston Astros’ Rudy Owens to Start vs Seattle...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Send 5 to minor league camp

Last season, the bullpen was far from a strength for the Houston Astros. This was especially true early in the season. To call the bullpen a revolving door in April and May would have been an understatement. This off-season Jeff Luhnow made improving the bullpen a priority, and we can already see the fruits of his labor. The Astros announced five roster moves this morning, three...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Altoona Four – Where Are They Now?

Jeff Locke was one of the four pitchers known as The Altoona Four. In 2010 the Altoona Curve had a group of pitchers that went on to be called “The Altoona Four” out of convenience. I say convenience because the group led Altoona to an Eastern League title in 2010, but they also led the Lynchburg Hillcats to a Carolina League title in 2009. So they could have easily been “The...
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May 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year

Jeff Locke is the Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In previous years it wasn’t difficult to pick the Pitcher of the Year in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system. Kyle McPherson was clearly the winner last year, posting a 2.96 ERA and a 142:27 K/BB ratio in 161 innings. Rudy Owens ran away with it in 2010, posting a 2.46 ERA in 150 innings at the...
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November 15, 2012  |  Discuss

First Pitch: It’s Time to Stop Playing it “Safe”

The Pirates have made some questionable roster moves during their playoff stretch. A lot of those moves seem as if the Pirates are afraid of playing younger players, and are more comfortable with veterans, even if the veterans aren’t putting up strong numbers. Consider that the Pirates stuck with Kevin Correia up until the trade deadline, even though Jeff Locke, Justin Wilson,...
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August 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Need to Use Youth for Pitching Help

Back in July, many speculated on the possibility of trading Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon or Luis Heredia for an established Major League hitter.  The logic was that the addition of any one of those three pitchers -or even all three- would not be able to improve upon already impressive numbers by the current pitching staff.  At the time, the Pirates were 5th in baseball in team...
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August 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Leroux Is Ready For A Permanent Spot In The Rotation

Chris Leroux made his first start for the Indians on July 26th. The Indianapolis Indians have been losing starting pitchers at an alarming rate in the past couple of weeks.  Rudy Owens was traded, Jeff Locke has been promoted to the Pirates, and Justin Wilson is set to move to the bullpen.  In addition to promoting Kyle McPherson from AA Altoona, the Indians are attempting to fix...
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August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

After The Trade Deadline: Updated Top 20 Prospects

A lot has changed since we last updated the top 20 prospects rankings after the draft. Mark Appel didn’t sign. Starling Marte was promoted, and will most likely lose his prospect eligibility by the end of the year. The Pirates traded Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, and Colton Cain. The short-season leagues started, giving us a look at what the younger prospects were working on in...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 7/26/12

With the trade of Colton Cain and Rudy Owens, there will be changes in the minor league rotations, possibly for all four of the top teams depending on who fills the empty spots. As of right now, there are no starters listed for Indianapolis or Bradenton for tomorrow. We will update this post after they are announced. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Irwin has...
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July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Push For Postseason, Acquire Wandy

Prior to the trade deadline, many expected the Pittsburgh Pirates to leverage their talented farm system to acquire an impact bat. After all, their offense has a combined .302 wOBA, and they penciled in a batting order on Tuesday evening that featured five players (not including the pitcher) with an on-base percentage below .300. That big bat may still be in the cards this week,...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates pick up Left Hander Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros

The Pirates made a move yesterday to add depth to their pitching rotation.  In a four player deal the Pirates traded for Houston Left Hander Wandy Rodriguez.  Rodriguez is 7-9 this season with a 3.79 ERA.  The Pirates gave up three of their top 16 prospects in the deal.  Pitchers Rudy Owens and Cotton Cain are headed to Houston a long with the Pirates Outfielder Robbie Grossman...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Houston Adds More Prospect Depth in Wandy Deal

The Houston Astros continue to shed veteran players and General Manager Jeff Luhnow made one of his better trades in terms of prospect value, although none of the three players are A-level young stars. The additions of pitchers Rudy Owens and Colton Cain, as well as outfielder Robbie Grossman adds more depth to the rebuilding Astros and is more than a fair return for left-handed...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

The Pirates trade for Wandy Rodriguez:

There are a lot of things to be discussed right now, but before we start discussing them we need to get the obvious thing out of the way: the Pirates traded for Wandy Rodriguez last night and they sent Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman, and Colton Cain to the Astros in return. There are some particulars that need hashed out: the Astros owe Rodriguez $13 million in 2013, when he'll...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Trade For Wandy Rodriguez

As you’ve probably heard the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded for LHP Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros.  The Pirates sent the Astros LHP Rudy Owens, LHP Colton Cain, and OF Robbie Grossman.  They will also receive $12 million dollars in cash, depending on if Wandy exercises his 2014 player option. Personally, I like the trade. [...]
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 7/25/12

One day after trading away two of their top twenty pitching prospects, Rudy Owens and Colton Cain, the Pirates send some big names to the mound in the minors. Top prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, along with rising prospect Clay Holmes all take the mound tonight. Zack Dodson also takes the mound, as he now moves up the left-handed pitching chart with two lefties gone from...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Notebook: Breaking Down the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to add a starting pitcher and bat by the deadline. And on Tuesday night, the club made a trade in order to improve the ball club on the mound. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was acquired from the Houston Astros along with cash in exchange for prospects Colton Cain, Robbie Grossman and Rudy Owens. “As we talked really from day one of the trading...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: Not All Who Wandy Are Lost by R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein

Acquired LHP Wandy Rodriguez and cash from the Astros for OF-S Robbie Grossman, LHP Rudy Owens, and LHP Colton Cain. [7/24] All month long, rumors had the Pirates seeking another starter. To list some of the pitchers named at various points: Jon Lester, James Shields, Paul Maholm, and Francisco Liriano. Rodriguez’s name seldom appeared, but in the end, he appears to...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Fantasy Baseball, Trade Deadline: Pirates Acquire Astros' Wandy Rodriguez

Wandy Rodriguez (credits below) With the Pirates out of first place in the NL Central by only two games (as of this writing), General Manager Neal Huntington felt he needed to improve his team for the playoff push by acquiring LHP Wandy Rodriguez and cash from the Astros for prospects Rudy Owens, Colton Cain and Robbie Grossman. The acquisition of Wandy likely kicks out right-hander...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

The Pirates trade for Wandy Rodriguez:

There are a lot of things to be discussed right now, but before we start discussing them we need to get the obvious thing out of the way: the Pirates traded for Wandy Rodriguez last night and they sent Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman, and Colton Cain to the Astros in return. There are some particulars that need hashed out: the Astros owe Rodriguez $13 million in 2013, when he'll...
July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Breaking Down the Wandy Rodriguez Deal

I was sitting at a local restaurant here in Louisville following a walk-off defeat of the Web Gems, my softball team, when I saw this tweet: #Pirates closing in on Wandy.… — Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) July 25, 2012 I didn’t even click on the link, but I thought to myself, “That would be pretty cool. Probably wouldn’t cost too much, and...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Wandy Rodriguez

    WANDY RODRIGUEZ LEFT HANDED PITCHER Born: January 18, 1979 Height: 5’11″ Weight: 195 Bats: Right Throws: Left Signed: International Free Agent, 1999 (Astros) How Acquired: Trade from Astros (for Robbie Grossman, Colton Cain and Rudy Owens) Country: Dominican Republic Agent: Barry Praver WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Rodriguez was never highly regarded...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates upgrade rotation with Wandy Rodriguez

For much of the summer, almost all the talk surrounding hypothetical Pirates trades has centered around a bat. The Pirates managed to stick around  for two months despite a historically terrible offense because their pitching staff did a wonderful job. In the summer months, the offense has picked up the slack and the Bucs caught fire. As that’s happened, the rotation took a step...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Bucs acquire Wandy Rodriguez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez and cash from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league pitchers Rudy Owens and Colton Cain and outfielder Robbie Grossman. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

The Departed – Grossman, Owens, Cain

In yet another paradigm shift in this bizarro-world Pirate universe we now live in, the Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday night from the Astros for three Pirate prospects — Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman, and Colton Cain.  In our recent mid-season update, we had those three ranked 7th, 9th, and 20th, respectively. For Tim’s “First Pitch” piece tonight, he will be...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss
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