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June 15, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: if not Hamels then who?

SOUTH HILLS – Hey, Cole Hamels looked pretty good on the PNC Park mound on Sunday, didn’t he? (See what I did there). This blog has advocated for some time the Pirates upgrade their starting rotation to not only keep …

June 12, 2015
by Bill West


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Friday Farm Report: Pirates draft edition

The Pirates’ selection of Arizona junior shortstop Kevin Newman with their first pick in the Major League Baseball draft caused many fans to ask, “Why?” After all, just a year ago, the team used the No. 24 overall spot to …

June 9, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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The Pirates’ draft pivot and what they’re saying

SOUTH HILLS – We’ve seen a change, a pivot, in the Pirates’ approach to the draft, at least on the first day of the draft. Consider from 2010-12 the Pirates selected pitchers with each of their first-round picks, all top-8 …

June 8, 2015
by Bill West


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More Pirates draft prep…

Travis Sawchik wrote a lot of good stuff on here earlier today, so that read that, too. Consider this post the second in a series of 2015 MLB draft courses you should consume tonight. Just after 7 p.m. this evening, the dominoes …

June 8, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: A new draft approach?

ATLANTA – Baseball America thinks the Pirates are willing to roll the dice on a prep pitcher in the first round of the draft, which begins tonight. From the last two BA mock drafts: Pirates It’s a high school pitching run. …

June 6, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Where should Marte sit at the table?

ATLANTA – There is a conventional wisdom that when placing a hitter in the batting order proceeding the lineup’s top threat, that hitter is going to see more fastballs and more fastballs in the zone. The idea is the opposing …

June 1, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: The perfect offseason?

SOUTH HILLS – Where would the Pirates be without their offseason additions? Would they have had such a strong stretch over the last 10 days to return to relevance? We’ve noted here before how A.J. Burnett has been the best free …

 
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