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AFL: Joely Rodriguez Takes On Mark Appel

Scottsdale took on first place Salt River on Friday afternoon with Joely Rodriguez on the mound going up against Mark Appel, the Pittsburgh Pirates first round draft pick from 2012, who decided not to sign and returned to Stanford for his senior season. Rodriguez was named the Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday and coming into the game, he had a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings...
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Winter Leagues: Two More Leagues Start With a Handful of Pirates on the Rosters

There are two days of winter ball action summarized below. The Australian Baseball League started on Thursday, but there weren’t any Pittsburgh Pirates players in action. So far, only Sam Kennelly and Nick Hutchings are slated to play in Australia. The league in Puerto Rico started Thursday night as well. The rosters that have been announced so far have three Pirates minor league...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The One Thing Standing Between Tyler Glasnow and the Top of a Rotation

Free agency began today, with four Pittsburgh Pirates — Russell Martin, Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and Clint Barmes — officially filing as free agents. Martin is going to be a huge focus, although the other big focus will be on starting pitching. The Pirates will most likely need to add two starting pitchers from the outside, adding to their internal options of Gerrit...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Gather Around the Hot Stove Pirates Fans

Now that a new World Series Champion has been crowned we can put the 2014 MLB season in the books and officially begin the Hot Stove season. What is in store for the Pittsburgh Pirates this offseason? Will it be quiet like last year, or does GM Neal Huntington have some surprises up his sleeve? Let’s get started with the questions the Pirates must answer before Spring Training...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Tyler Glasnow Struggles With Command, Loses Shutout Streak

Tyler Glasnow took the mound for Scottsdale on Thursday afternoon, making his fifth start in the Arizona Fall League. Coming into the game, he had three straight appearances in which he threw three shutout innings. The Scorpions ended up winning 7-5 to move to 10-11 on the season. There are 11 games left and they trail first place Salt River by five games. Glasnow walked the lead...
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2014-2015 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end last night, the 2014/2015 off-season officially begins today.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics. 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The deadline this year is on Monday.  The Pittsburgh...
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AFL: Scouting Reports and Video For Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell

It was a relatively quiet day for Pittsburgh Pirates players in the Arizona Fall League. Scottsdale didn’t have a single Pirate in their lineup and after Thomas Harlan pitched yesterday, that meant there was still another day before Tyler Glasnow and Joely Rodriguez(Friday) would get their starts. Earlier in the day, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo posted a video about the Pirates...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Front-loading Russell Martin’s contract

Yesterday morning I tweeted out the link to my post examining the long-term payroll effects of signing Russell Martin, and within an hour or so two different people (@ASaunders_PSN and @hiddenvigorish) asked me the same question: If the potential exists for Martin’s deal to be a long-term problem with the Pirates’ rising arbitration commitments, why not sign Martin to a front...
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2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired a lot of bounce back candidates in their bullpen, with a lot of those guys actually bouncing back. That approach led to one of the top bullpens in baseball during the 2013 season. Most of that bullpen was returning in 2014, and the Pirates looked to be in good shape. What led to the success in 2013 was the Pirates going...
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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Isn’t Hitting Homers, But Keeps Getting On Base

Monday night was a slow night in winter ball, with just one game scheduled in each active league. In the Dominican, Wirfin Obispo retired all three batters he faced. He has thrown 4.1 innings, allowing just one unearned run. In Venezuela, Julio Vivas threw a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit. He has thrown 2.2 scoreless innings over four appearances, giving up one hit...
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First Pitch: Would Adam Lind Be a Good Trade Target For the Pirates?

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates were connected to every first base option that might have been available, regardless of whether the players were actually available or not. One of the connections was Adam Lind, with the Pirates reportedly asking Toronto about him, and the Blue Jays also reportedly asking for Neil Walker in return. The rumor mill last year said that the Blue Jays...
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AFL: Thomas Harlan Strikes Out Seven, Two Hits For Elias Diaz in Loss

Before getting into the game recap from Tuesday, there is an Arizona Fall League update for Friday afternoon. Originally, no Scottsdale games were listed on the tv schedule from the AFL site, but that was(and still is) wrong. Scottsdale will be on MLB Network Friday afternoon and Joely Rodriguez will be the starting pitcher. He was just named the AFL Pitcher of the Week. Two other...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joely Rodriguez Named AFL Pitcher of the Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez was named the Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week. Rodriguez won both of his starts last week, giving up one run over eight innings. He allowed six hits, one walk and struck out eight batters. In four starts, he has a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings, holding batters to a .234 BAA, while posting a 13:3 SO...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look at What Free Agency Could Bring For Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez

Over the last two days, there have been a few articles written on two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ free agents, Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez, looking at what those guys could make in free agency. In Martin’s case, everyone agrees that he will receive a huge payday, although there hasn’t really been a consensus on the amount he could receive, or the years. From the looks...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Catcher Aging Curves in the Mainstream

Travis Sawchick of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is one of the more analytically oriented mainstream baseball writers you’ll find, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that he penned a terrific piece looking at the Pirates upcoming decision on Russell Martin. Included in that piece is this quote from GM Neil Huntington: “We’re in […]
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates’ payroll and Russell Martin

If we’re being honest, I don’t like to spend a whole ton of time worrying about the Pirates’ payroll. There is, quite simply, nothing I can do about it. The front office has to accept the number ownership gives them and put the best team they can on the field with it, and I’m more interested in how they work around the payroll as a constraint than I am in why the payroll...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Should Josh Bell’s Lack of Power Worry Pirates Fans?

The Scottsdale Scorpions played Monday afternoon with just one Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. Josh Bell got the start at first base, as Scottsdale won 6-2 over Surprise, moving them to 9-9 on the season with 14 games left. Shortly before the game started, Bell was named to the Arizona Fall Leagues Fall-Stars game. Catcher Elias Diaz will also represent the Pirates...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Bell and Elias Diaz Named to AFL Fall-Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League announced the representatives for the annual Fall-Stars game to be held this Saturday night. First baseman Josh Bell and catcher Elias Diaz will represent the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the game. The game usually has two players from each team, with a few teams sending one representative due to roster limitations. It normally isn’t based on results...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jordy Mercer and The Late Bloomer Conundrum

In 2014 Jordy Mercer established himself as a viable starting major league shortstop. He earned his first call up in May of 2012 and split duties in 2013 with Clint Barmes, but this past season he became an everyday regular. Mercer got off to a slow start but finished strongly. He posted a triple slash line of .255/.305/.387 in 149 games. Those are decent numbers for a SS. For...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Leaves Game With Hand Injury

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Alen Hanson singled in his first at-bat, then was hit by a pitch from Daniel Cabrera during his second plate appearance. The pitch hit Hanson on the hand and he immediately left the game. The early word on the injury was a swollen right hand, but no word on the severity of his injury or how much time he could miss. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh gets Justin Sellers from Cleveland

The Pittsburgh Pirates won 88 games in 2014 and secured a wild card playoff spot in the National League. Although their season ended with an 8-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game, the Pirates have much to look forward to next season. Although 10th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 8th in ERA, the Pirates are wasting no time this off season making moves...
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Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Makes His Winter Debut

In the Dominican Saturday night, Stolmy Pimentel made his winter league debut as the starting pitching for Estrellas de Oriente. He went three innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Willy Garcia was in the opposing lineup against Pimentel. He walked in the only meeting between the two Pirates in the game. Garcia finished 2-for-3 with a double...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Is Justin Sellers the New Clint Barmes?

Today was a busy day of moves for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations, then designated John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez for assignment (clearing spots on the 40-man roster for Sellers and Charlie Morton, who was reinstated from the DL). The moves to DFA Axford and Gomez don’t amount to much. They were both...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: John Axford DFA'd

John Axford's long ride back to becoming a major league closer took another turn for the worse as Rob Biertempfel reported that he has been designated for assignment as the team acquired Justin Sellers.#455259736 / gettyimages.com#pirates have DFA'd pitchers Jeanmar Gomez and John Axford.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) October 25, 2014At one point Axford was the...
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates

Matt Swartz at MLBTR has been producing some very accurate arbitration estimates over the last three seasons. His estimates for the Pittsburgh Pirates just came out recently, in an off-season preview that was written by Charlie at Bucs Dugout. Below are the MLBTR arbitration estimates: Gaby Sanchez, 1B (5.025): $2.7MM Neil Walker, 2B (4.166): $8.6MM Ike Davis, 1B (4.155): $4.4MM...
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