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Morton Abandoning Mechanical Adjustment; Polanco Fixing His Swing

Charlie Morton has been working on a mechanical adjustment this Spring, and in the process, has been struggling on the mound. On Saturday, Morton abandoned that adjustment in order to focus on getting ready for the season. “Those kind of things are going to have to go to the back burner right now, and I’ve got to get ready for the season,” Morton said, noting that getting...
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Pittsburgh Pirates: Offseason in review, part 3

How are the Pittsburgh Pirates shaping up heading into the 2015 MLB season?  Read part 1 here, where we covered: High point of the offseason High point honorable mention Low point of the offseason Low point honorable mention In part 2, we discussed: Wild card of the offseason Smart non-move of the offseason Poor non-move of the offseason Here in part 3, we tie up all of the loose...
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Pirate Blogs Roundup: Kang Struggles, Forbes Valuations

The major news items this week were the continued struggles of Jung-ho Kang during Grapefruit League play, Andrew McCutchen cutting off his signature dread locks, and the annual publication of MLB team valuations by Forbes. Forbes estimated the Pirates as the 17th most valuable franchise in the MLB and the 4th most profitable in 2014. Here is a roundup of the best blog posts about...
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Draft Prospect Watch: Dakota Chalmers is a Pitcher on the Move

Today we take a look at a high school pitcher that has really jumped up the draft charts since the preseason rankings. There is also a game recap at the bottom after the videos. The draft begins on June 8th and the Pittsburgh Pirates have the 19th and 32nd overall picks. The Pirates will have the 11th highest draft bonus pool. When I did the prep pitcher draft preview back in February...
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Polanco homers as Pirates beat Blue Jays

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Gregory Polanco homered for the second straight day and Neil Walker hit a two-run double Saturday, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat a Toronto Blue Jays split squad 8-3. Polanco hit a two-run shot in the first inning off left-hander Randy Wolf. Andrew McCutchen had two hits, including a double, and scored a run. Daric Barton and Danny Valencia each hit a solo home...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Should You Care About Prospects?

Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, with the schedule moved up to the morning due to expected thunderstorms in the afternoon. So I decided to head over to the Buccos sub-Reddit and hold an AMA (ask me anything, for those unfamiliar with Reddit terminology). The questions were good...
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Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was driving home from a busy day at Pirate City and suddenly it hit me “Oh yeah, today is Friday. I didn’t do the Q&A.” It wasn’t going anywhere. Some of the questions from last week were answered throughout the week. Here are some of the best...
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Huntington Notes on the Bench Battle, Final Rotation Spot, Kang, Richard, and Stewart

The Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts today, sending 12 players to minor league camp. None of the moves were that surprising, as every single player sent down was expected to be cut from big league camp at some point this Spring. The one notable name was Jose Tabata. He wasn’t notable because he had a strong chance to make the team, but he was notable because of...
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Pirates Cut 12 Players From Major League Camp

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a big round of cuts today, sending the following players to the minors. Jose Tabata Steve Lombardozzi Charlie Leesman Josh Wall Bobby LaFromboise Deolis Guerra Brad Lincoln Gorkys Hernandez Brent Morel Gustavo Nunez Sebastian Valle Deibinson Romero LaFromboise was optioned to Indianapolis, while everyone else was reassigned to minor league camp. More to come.
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Notes: Richard’s Role on the Pirates, The Fifth Starter Battle, and Upcoming Cuts

Clayton Richard’s roster status is going to be a hot issue over the next few days. His role with the team will also be a big question mark. The left-hander came in for the seventh inning today, slated to throw 60 pitches. He lasted 2.2 innings, running into trouble in his third inning of work before leaving and throwing some extra pitches in the bullpen. The maximum that Richard...
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You can bid on Andrew McCutchen’s recently cut locks

On Wednesday, Andrew McCutchen unveiled a brand new hairstyle that did away with eight years worth of hair. As promised, McCutchen’s locks have been collected by the MLB and they have been put up for auction. Bidders can bid on anywhere between one and 10 locks and each winning bid will also get a signed Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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Pirates Release Zack Von Rosenberg and Four Other Minor Leaguers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released five minor league players. Those players are as follows. Nate Baker Ryan Beckman Ashley Ponce Chris Peacock Zack Von Rosenberg The most notable name here is Zack Von Rosenberg. He was the poster child for the Pirates’ strategy of drafting and signing over-slot prep pitchers in the middle rounds. Quinton Miller was the first over-slot guy in...
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Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to watch for a MLB promotion in 2015 will be Nick Kingham. The right-handed pitcher made the jump to Indianapolis last year, and was optioned to the level a few weeks ago, where he will pitch out of the rotation. Kingham could be an...
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News and notes: Cutch, Kang, Sanchez, Bullpen

Andrew McCutchen cut his hair. Yep, we’re at the point where a guy getting a haircut qualifies as the biggest news as the day. Twitter was exploding in speculation all morning on Wednesday. here’s to #NewBeginnings #CutchSecret http://t.co/6zbew9eesO — andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) March 25, 2015 The new look will certainly take some getting used to, but if Cutch likes...
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Pirates' Walker shifting focus from contract to season

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The unfailingly polite Neil Walker has been asked about his contract status for most of spring training, to the point where the second baseman thinks it's counterproductive to talk about it. ''It's time to think about the season,'' the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman said this week. ''That's the focus now.'' The Pirates open the season April 6 at Cincinnati...
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Andrew McCutchen Loses Signature Dreadlocks

According to the Bible, Samson’s power derived from his long, flowing hair.  The Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping Andrew McCutchen’s skills come from other means. Wednesday, the 2013 National League MVP chopped off his signature lengthy locks. Why? “No big reason, really,” McCutchen said. “It’s just time for a new change.” And in case you were wondering, the outfielder’s...
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Andrew McCutchen cuts off his dreadlocks

Andrew McCutchen is proving the Clark Kent effect, only instead of shedding glasses, he cut his hair. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ formerly dreadlocked outfielder went into the phone booth and came out looking like a completely different person, so much so that you probably wouldn’t recognize him at first. Rob Biertempfel, who covers the Bucs for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, tweeted...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Future of Pirates Prospects

I started Pirates Prospects a little over six years ago. I was living in Virginia, just outside of Lynchburg, and decided to start a blog to write about my trips to see the Pirates’ High-A team. This was all during the time when the economy was horrible, and people were losing their jobs left and right. I also lost my job, and immediately started focusing more attention on this...
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Should Jung-ho Kang Start the Season in the Majors?

Hitting a baseball is not easy. In Major League Baseball, the highest level of the game, the reactionary time needed to hit a baseball is at the edge of human ability. At this level even minor adjustments can be extremely difficult. So it is no wonder that Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang is finding the game difficult in his first go around against major league quality pitching in...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes: The Upcoming Cuts, McCutchen Returns, Stewart Rehab Update

There are less than two weeks remaining before the start of the regular season. I detailed the bullpen situation for the Pittsburgh Pirates today, noting the players who are competing for the final two spots. There are about four players competing for those spots, but beyond those four players, the Pirates have eight pitchers in camp who have no shot at making the team. That means...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB 5 Bold Predictions

1. Gerrit Cole will be a top 10 fantasy pitcher The Pittsburgh Pirates have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. Their bullpen is one of best bullpens in the National League, and they have a solid starting rotation coming into 2015. The headlining pitcher here is Gerrit Cole, the young flamethrower. Cole is entering his second full season in the Major Leagues, and he looks...
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Pirates' Andrew McCutchen hitless after 10 days out of lineup

  Andrew McCutchen was hitless in two at-bats in his return to the Pirates' lineup, and Steve Pearce homered against his former team to lead the Baltimore Orioles over Pittsburgh 9-2 on Tuesday. McCutchen, the 2013 National League MVP, was out 10 days with lower-body soreness. He has a .143 batting average in six spring training games. Orioles starter Ubaldo Jiminez had his best...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were one or two bullpen spots available when camp began, and the last few weeks have seen certain players step up to become favorites for those roles, while other players look to be playing their way off the team. Here is a look...
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Andrew McCutchen Returns to the Pirates Lineup Tomorrow

Some good news if you were worried about Andrew McCutchen’s status: the MVP will return to the Pirates’ lineup tomorrow against the Orioles. . @thecutch22 returns in tomorrow’s #Pirates lineup against the Orioles. Jung-ho Kang also playing second base. A photo posted by Pirates Prospects (@piratesprospects) on Mar 23, 2015 at 7:37am PDT McCutchen last played on March...
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Andrew Lambo < 500

Every once in a while, there’s a time dilation effect with prospects that makes it hard to properly figure out exactly what sort of player you have on your hands. Andrew Lambo hasn’t been on a Top 100 prospects list since 2009. He actually first hit Double-A and played in the Arizona Fall League the year before that in 2008. The Pirates traded for him at the deadline in the James...
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