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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...
Via Pirates Prospects
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Steadily improving Pirates have eyes on division title

PITTSBURGH (AP) The scenario was familiar. The destination not so much. A veteran player with not much time left leaving millions of dollars on the table for one last run to glory. Only A.J. Burnett didn't walk away from his $12.75 million player option with the Philadelphia Phillies for Los Angeles, Washington or St. Louis. Nope, the 38-year-old well-traveled (and well tattooed...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

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
Via Next Impulse Sports
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

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 — andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) March 25, 2015 The new look will certainly take some getting used to, but if Cutch likes...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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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1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Hidden Vigorish
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirate Blogs Roundup: Liriano to Start Opener, Buster Olney Prediction

The major news items this week were a respected analyst at ESPN predicting the Pirates will win the World Series and the announcement that Francisco Liriano will be the starting pitcher on Opening Day against the Reds. Liriano will be the first Pirate to start on Opening Day in consecutive seasons since Oliver Perez in 2005 and 2006. Here is a roundup of the best blog posts about...
Via Hidden Vigorish
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez < 500

There is a chicken-or-the-egg game to be played with Sean Rodriguez and Jung Ho Kang right now that goes a little something like this: Would the Pirates have traded a decentish prospect like Buddy Borden for a player that had been designated for assignment like Sean Rodriguez if they knew that they were only a few weeks away from winning the Jung Ho Kang bidding? The answer, I think...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung Ho Kang < 500

This is what I think is wonderful about Jung-Ho Kang: I have no idea what he’s going to do in 2015. None. With most players, I can make an educated guess based on minor league numbers and key rate stats and other indicators. With Kang, it’s almost impossible to know how any of those sorts of things apply. He could be anything from a starting shortstop with above average power...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

One of the biggest surprises of 2014 for the Pittsburgh Pirates was how the offense of Pedro Alvarez declined substantially. After having a great season in 2013 hitting 36 home runs and 100 runs batted in, Alvarez struggled in 2014 while battling injuries all season. His numbers were virtually cut in half as he hit 18 home runs and 56 runs batted in while playing in 122 games. Alvarez...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Radhames Liz Is Not a Lock to Make the Pirates Bullpen

Which relievers the Pirates choose to round out their bullpen is perhaps the only roster question left to be answered during this Spring Training. As Charlie Wilmoth of has pointed out, John Holdzkom‘s hold on a roster spot might be tenuous at best because he is one of the few relievers with options remaining. Arquimedes Caminero, Radhames Liz, Jeff Locke, and...
Via Hidden Vigorish
8 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Liriano to start Opening Day

It’s not exactly a surprise, but Clint Hurdle announced on Tuesday that Francisco Liriano will be the Pirates’ Opening Day starter. While I am sure some folks would have liked it to be Cole, Frankie is really the obvious choice to me (not that it matters all that much) – he has been the team’s best starting pitcher by a wide margin during the time that he’s been here and...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Offseason in review, part 2

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 Wild Card of the offseason:  Signing Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) INF Jung Ho Kang was a bold move nobody saw coming, and few expected from a team constantly...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

After two decades of baseball anonymity, the Steel City has become much more than just a football town thanks to the last two seasons of Pirate prosperity. The ascension of Andrew McCutchen to MVP status has highlighted Neal Huntington’s long rebuilding process, and the Pirates have become one of the best teams in the National League because of it. Now in the throes of success...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates issue statement about ISIS executioner in team hat

The Pittsburgh Pirates on issued a statement about ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” whose identity was unmasked in a photo released by Sky News in Britain Friday. “Jihadi John,” whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, has been shown in multiple hostage beheading videos released by ISIS. He was born in Kuwait, raised and educated in Britain,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

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