PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Locke making most of bullpen stint

Jeff Locke didn't exactly envision himself pitching from the bullpen for the Pirates at this point in the season.
Via Pirates.com
5 hours ago

Liriano is 1st pitcher to homer off King Felix

Pirates starter Francisco Liriano joined a pair of exclusive clubs Tuesday night. In fact, he founded both of them with one powerful swing.
Via Pirates.com
10 hours ago

Fryer returns to Bucs following birth of twins

Pirates catcher Eric Fryer rejoined the club at PNC Park on Tuesday after being activated from the paternity list following the birth of twins.
Via Pirates.com
13 hours ago

The Pirates are in a weird place: their biggest need is their best minor league strength

Despite all of their issues with starting pitching and a month of June that reminded most Pirate fans of the Bad Old Days, the Pirates are not in bad shape as we round up to the trade deadline. With last night’s results, they’re 1 1/2 games behind the Marlins for the second wild card spot, lumped in with the Cardinals and Mets. The Marlins are 2 1/2 behind the Dodgers, so that...
Via WHYGAVS?
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Meadows: "I knew it was the right fit"

Grayson High is sending another top prospect to Clemson, this time to play at Doug Kingsmore.  Parker Meadows, the younger brother of former Clemson signee Austin Meadows, called the Clemson staff to give them the good news on Monday. “I just told coach Lee and coach LeCroy that I knew Clemson was the right fit for me.  I knew it when I first stepped on campus.  When I went...
Via The Clemson Insider
1 day ago

QUIZ: Name every player on the roster of the 1979 ‘We Are Family’ Pittsburgh Pirates

The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates won their fifth World Series, defeating the Baltimore Orioles for the championship. The popular disco song "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge was the team's theme song that year. How many of the players on that MLB championship roster can you name?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Two months after horrific beaning, Ryan Vogelsong eyes a new start

At first, Ryan Vogelsong thought he would never pitch again."I couldn't see at all," Vogelsong said. "I didn't know if my eye was gone."Vogelsong, after getting hit in the face by a 92-mph fastball from Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles on May 23, actually told Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk, "My career's over. I lost my eye."Believe it or not, his clarity in that moment...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates’ infielder Adam Frazier records first career home run

Pittsburgh Pirates’ infielder Adam Frazier registered the first home run of his big league career on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies. With the solo blast to right field coming in the bottom half of the seventh inning, Frazier managed the memorable long ball as a pinch-hitter to give his club a 5-4 lead. In doing […] The post Pirates’ infielder Adam Frazier records...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Pirates place Tyler Glasnow on 15-day DL

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day disabled list. Glasnow pitched into the fourth inning in his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday before being removed with right shoulder discomfort. Glasnow was making his second major-league start and allowed two runs and four hits, walked three and hit two batters...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The bell is tolling for Jeff Locke (Game 94: Brewers 9 Pirates 5)

Jeff Locke is not really a good pitcher, but he has occupied a certain usefulness for most of his Pirate career. Locke has decent stuff for a lefty, but relatively poor command. In some of his starts, he looks great (remember that he’s a one-time All-Star and he really did deserve that nod based on first-half stats in 2013), in others he looks bad. Generally, though, through 2013...
Via WHYGAVS?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates win with help of Brewers error

The Little League World Series is still a few weeks away, but the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of the kind of play you usually only see on the Little League diamond. It won them the game in walk-off fashion. With the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers tied in the bottom of the ninth at 2-2, Josh Harrison got himself into scoring position with a lead-off triple. Of course, that...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates' Jameson Taillon hit in head by line drive

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie pitcher Jameson Taillon was hit in the head by a line drive during his outing on Tuesday, but he remained in the game. Taillon was nailed in the back of the head by a line drive from Hernan Perez with one out in the second inning. The batted ball was traveling at 105 mph: The ball went into left field and allowed Perez to reach via a single. He retired...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen’s Reminder That Baseball Is Cruel

Every baseball player has bad days — it’s an inevitability in a sport so deeply tied to failure. For the most part, these failures are quickly dismissed and/or forgotten. A rough seven-run outing for a pitcher is a day when he just didn’t have “it” or batted balls had eyes. An 0-for-4 game at the plate is barely a hiccup in the span of a 162-game season. But, on occasion...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates prospect somehow turns double play while falling backwards

Baseball fans are treated to some outstanding glove work in the big leagues, but those working their way up the ranks can flash the leather, too. Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Stephen Alemais, who plays for the team's Single-A affiliate, the West Virginia Black Bears, turned one of the best double plays in all of baseball this year. The catcher fielded a bunt, threw a one-hopper to...
Via FOX Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Young fan shows the emotional ups & downs of an 18-inning baseball game

An 18-inning game isn’t easy on anyone, and especially isn’t easy on a kid who just wants his Pittsburgh Pirates to win. The Nats Park crowd began to dissipate for Sunday’s game between the Pirates and Washington Nationals, but one kid stayed around, and the TV cameras were able to catch his triumphs and trials of an 18-inning game: He dealt with the roller coaster of emotions...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The bullpen has revived the Pirates, but only the rotation can save them

The moment the Pirates’ first half fell apart was obvious, even as it was happening. Gerrit Cole came out firing against the Cardinals on June 10th, striking out three hitters in his first two innings and looking all the part of the ace after an inconsistent April and May. In the third inning, Matt Carpenter hit an 0-1 pitch hard to right field for a single, and Cole called for...
Via WHYGAVS?
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest On The Pirates’ Rotation

Multiple reports last week indicated that the Pirates are shopping left-hander Jon Niese, and and today Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review adds that the Bucs are trying to move Niese and/or fellow lefty Jeff Locke (Twitter link). Trading either struggling southpaw would create a permanent spot in the Pittsburgh rotation for Tyler Glasnow, whose name, as noted by Biertempfel...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Odor reportedly rejected extension offer from Rangers

Right hooks notwithstanding, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has had a fantastic year. With 16 home runs and 46 RBIs on a .275/.296/.491 slash line in the first half of the season, Odor has flashed tremendous power for a middle infielder and has helped Texas to a comfortable lead atop the AL West. The 22-year-old has done well to boost his value, and he knows it. According to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Manfred On Athletics, MLB Diversity, Minor League Wages, Schedule, Kang

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred had a wide-ranging conversation with reporters today in San Diego. Here’s a little of what he had to say, via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter links: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8), Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller (1 2 3), David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1) and John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Manfred lists the number...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates reportedly shopping pitcher Jon Niese

With the August 1st trade deadline quickly approaching, the Pittsburgh Pirates are firmly asserting themselves as members of the seller camp. According to a report by Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday, the Pirates are actively shopping left-hander Jon Niese. The 29-year-old Niese has gone 7-6 this season with a 4.87 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, and 68 strikeouts...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Pirates Call-Up Josh Bell

Almost right after after treating us to Tyler Glasnow day, the Pirates are giving us another promising debutante to fuss over. First base prospect Josh Bell will debut for Pittsburgh in tonight’s game against the Cubs. Bell crushed Triple-A pitching this year to the tune of .324/.407/.535. Bell posted a healthy .212 ISO in Triple-A this year, but in years past, he’s hit for an...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Good Outweighs the Bad with Pittsburgh’s Tyler Glasnow

Less than a month ago, the Pirates called up top prospect Jameson Taillon from the minor leagues, and slotted him into their struggling rotation. With Taillon now sidelined by shoulder fatigue, the Pirates have once again dipped into their minor-league repository. Today, they’ve called up yet another top-tier pitching prospect in Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow’s spent the past three...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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