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johnnycuff

  • joined Mar 26, 2008
  • last login Dec 17, 2013
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Gerrit Cole on Being the #1 Pick

Sad that this is the exception instead of the rule, but a surprisingly well written article from the PG. Well worth a read.

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Try again on Bartlett?

buried in this Robothal article is the following: Regardless of what happens with Bell, the PADRES want to trade either shortstop Jason Bartlett or second baseman Orlando Hudson, major league...

Zach Duke moved to bullpen

There was a lot of text traded on this site regarding Duke's abilities as a pitcher and the Pirates' decision to let him go. His FIP (3.67) and xFIP (3.98) were actually downright good, but his strikeout rate continued to fall (4.59/9). A high BABIP looks like he may have been a bit unlucky, but he also had a low HR/FB while playing most of his games in Arizona. So what's the verdict on Zach Duke? Who knows?

Marlins Release John Raynor

With the apparent impending end of Josh Rodriguez's time with the Pirates, coincidentally news of last year's Rule 5 miss John Raynor popped up today. He was let go after putting up a .284/.349/.373 line in AAA last year after being returned to Florida. I wouldn't expect us to be interested in signing him since playing time in Indy will be hard to come by as is.

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#28org

Fangraphs began releasing its annual organizational rankings yesterday, and since they're starting from the bottom it didn't take long to get to the Buccos at 28th.  Their methodology is strongly...

Pirates claim Hayden Penn

via mlbtr. Penn stuck out 27 over 20 innings with the Marlins last year but walked an ridiculous 22 in that time to produce a slot machine jackpot 7.77 ERA. He's been used mostly as a starter in the minors but last year was his third unimpressive season at AAA and at this point he's probably more likely to make it as a reliever.

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Some bits from browsing MLBTR

A bunch of small stories via MLBTR while we wait for the Bucs to take on the Manatees: John Van Benschoten signed with the Yankees.  JVB put up a 6.35 ERA in AAA with the White Sox last year. ...

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USA Today's 100 Names to Know

The list (link) contains several Buccos.  Keep in mind that these are not top prospects but players that could contribute at the major league level this year. There are 5 Pirates among the top...

Pirates watched Ben Sheets' throwing session

"the Pirates sent scout Everett Russell to Monroe, a town he is quite familiar with after serving as an assistant under former head coaches Smoke Laval and Brad Holland." I wouldn't read too much into it, but it doesn't hurt to take a look.

Bay's Knees Caused Red Sox to Withdraw Offer

Peter Gammons reports that MRIs showed "problems" with both of Jason Bay's knees and that caused the Red Sox to reduce their 4/$60M offer to a two year deal. The only surprise to me is that it's on both knees as opposed to one, since I and all Pirate fans suffered through Bay's knee-induced sub par 2007. Gammons goes on to call for the creation of an independent board to oversee medical reviews on pending free agents because the team doctors (despite that fact that he calls the Boston doctors "the best in all of sports") may pronounce a harsher diagnosis to aid management in negotiations. Had this issue come up in the case of another player without history of knee issues I might give it more credence but in this case it seems to be Boston erring on the side of caution.

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The Drama Llama Comes to PNC Park

Now we see what 16 consecutive losing seasons can do to a fan base. In a city where half the population would consider letting the waters of the confluence consume them if the Steelers finished the...

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one player? there aren't even two.

This was originally going to be a reply to zogger's post but it got way out of hand so I made it a diary... err fanpost.  I don't mean to pick on his premise because I know he means one player in...

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So Far

I'm impressed so far with the Pirates' ability to hang in there so far, but I still don't see them being a .500 team.  Here's why, and feel free to disagree:   -P- The bullpen will not continue...

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BP Top 100 Prospects

Kevin Goldstein put out his top 100 prospect list over at BP today.  As expected, your Pittsburgh Pirates put up their characteristic ho-hum showing with three appearances - Andrew McCutchen at...

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Pearce to Start Season in AAA

From the mothership: "In a perfect world, Steve deserves a chance to win an everyday job at the Major League level, but with Xavier, with Jason, with Adam [LaRoche], we're not in a position to give...

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