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March 13, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Gerrit Cole is diversifying his portfolio

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – If you remember back to Gerrit Cole‘s first few months in the big leagues he was often a one-pitch pitcher. In his first few starts, 80 percent of his pitches were fastballs. For the season, two …

March 10, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: the risk and reward of Pitch-22

BRADENTON, Fla. – One strong impression for me early this spring after spending time both in the major league clubhouse and around the minor leaguers at Pirate City, is the Pirates have built up a small army of impressive young …

March 7, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The Martin-to-McGuire bridge

BRADENTON, Fla. – One of the coming challenges for the Pirates after the 2014 seasons is in how they replace Russell Martin. Martin told our Rob Biertempfel that he would listen to a contract offer if he was approached by …

March 6, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Observations from minor league camp

BRADENTON, Fla. – Quiet day in Bradenton as the Pirates and Blue Jays were rained out. Too bad because the Blue Jays were bringing a strong lineup of regulars up from Dunedin and Jason Grilli and Wandy Rodriguez were scheduled …

March 5, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Morton’s new weapon could elevate him to elite status

BRADENTON, Fla. – Can Charlie Morton’s stuff become even more electric? I suspect it can. It was just one pitch, just one pitch Tuesday at the Tigers that I wrote about here, but it was an important one offering even this early …

March 4, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The U25s and perhaps a key early observation

LAKELAND, Fla. – Greetings from Florida, folks. Looking forward to bringing you sights, sounds and observations from camp over the next couple of weeks. But to begin, I wanted to share with you what I think are the most important …

March 3, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: So you want a(nother) data revolution?

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have a chance to have the most athletic in outfield beginning in June when Gregory Polanco is presumably called up and joins Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. It’s a group that could be together through at …

February 28, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Taillon over Cole? And updating the Andrew Lambo project

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates paraded their front-of-the-rotation future before the good citizens of Dunedin, Fla. this afternoon, as Jameson Taillon followed Gerrit Cole on the mound. Spring training stats hold the value of Confederate currency, but Taillon did throw two …

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