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Morton Abandoning Mechanical Adjustment; Polanco Fixing His Swing

Charlie Morton has been working on a mechanical adjustment this Spring, and in the process, has been struggling on the mound. On Saturday, Morton abandoned that adjustment in order to focus on getting ready for the season. “Those kind of things are going to have to go to the back burner right now, and I’ve got to get ready for the season,” Morton said, noting that getting...
Via Pirates Prospects
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirate Blogs Roundup: Kang Struggles, Forbes Valuations

The major news items this week were the continued struggles of Jung-ho Kang during Grapefruit League play, Andrew McCutchen cutting off his signature dread locks, and the annual publication of MLB team valuations by Forbes. Forbes estimated the Pirates as the 17th most valuable franchise in the MLB and the 4th most profitable in 2014. Here is a roundup of the best blog posts about...
Via Hidden Vigorish
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Should You Care About Prospects?

Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, with the schedule moved up to the morning due to expected thunderstorms in the afternoon. So I decided to head over to the Buccos sub-Reddit and hold an AMA (ask me anything, for those unfamiliar with Reddit terminology). The questions were good...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Huntington Notes on the Bench Battle, Final Rotation Spot, Kang, Richard, and Stewart

The Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts today, sending 12 players to minor league camp. None of the moves were that surprising, as every single player sent down was expected to be cut from big league camp at some point this Spring. The one notable name was Jose Tabata. He wasn’t notable because he had a strong chance to make the team, but he was notable because of...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days 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
3 days 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!
3 days 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...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Loses Signature Dreadlocks

According to the Bible, Samson’s power derived from his long, flowing hair.  The Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping Andrew McCutchen’s skills come from other means. Wednesday, the 2013 National League MVP chopped off his signature lengthy locks. Why? “No big reason, really,” McCutchen said. “It’s just time for a new change.” And in case you were wondering, the outfielder’s...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days 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...
4 days 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
4 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...
6 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...
9 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...
9 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...
10 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
11 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!
11 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
17 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
29 days ago  |  Discuss

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