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May 25, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up: Top shelf, top of rotation?

SOUTH HILLS – As disappointing as many aspects of the Pirates’ season have been up to the season’s quarter mark, the weekend’s sweep of the Mets – an important weekend considering the Mets are an emerging team like the Cubs …

Friday Farm Report: Glasnow’s changeup, Indy’s hitting sherpa, Sanchez’s music

May 22, 2015 by Bill West | Comments


Tyler Glasnow’s addition to the Altoona Curve disabled list for a sprained right ankle, announced Wednesday, will give him time to fully recover from the injury he suffered while sliding into second base as a runner in a game May 6.

What the time off will cost the Pirates’ top pitching prospect is game-speed work on his changeup, a pitch Glasnow only began to grow confident in during the final week of April.

Altoona pitching coach Justin Meccage expects Glasnow to throw at least six to 10 changeups per game, even when opponents are overmatched by the righty’s four-seam fastball and curve.

Glasnow’s fastball sits in the mid 90s, while his changeup has clocked in around the mid to high 80s.

“I’m not super comfortable throwing it,” Glasnow said of his changeup, “just because I know batters won’t know it’s coming, but they’ll barrel it up because it’s 88 miles per hour.” Continue Reading →


May 21, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Blame game at the quarter mark (and a podcast)

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have to hope this is the low point in their season. Before Wednesday’s game, Starling Marte – the club’s best position player to date- was getting an earful from Pirates manager Clint Hurdle in a …

May 18, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up: Arms (and Bats) Race

CHICAGO –  Three-and-a-half hours before first pitch Sunday, Kris Bryant tried to make his way in the players/media gate off Waveland Avenue. He was in street clothes and carried a backpack and a single bat in his right hand. Maybe …

May 11, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: The Kang and Harrison parallel

PHILADELPHIA – As noted in Sunday’s Starting 9 column, there is a curious parallel between Josh Harrison and Jung Ho Kang. After playing sparingly last April, it was nearly at this time a year ago – on May 3, 4, 5 …

May 4, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Time to find out what Kang can do?

SOUTH HILLS – Interesting to see Josh Harrison start at second base Sunday, which of course marked the third straight, walk-off loss to the rival Cardinals for the Pirates. For starters, after playing five different positions in each of his …

May 1, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Pirates now hold ace card in NL Central?

SOUTH HILLS – It was a turbulent first month of the season for the Pirates. The Pirates’ lineup inexplicably went from being the National League’s most patience last season, to the league’s least discerning in April. Andrew McCutchen hardly looked …

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