Wednesday Evening Pirates News and Notes

Fangraphs had their final post of “Getting and Not Getting the Calls” for the 2012 season. Throughout the season, they have calculated which teams and pitchers get best and worst calls when it comes to called balls and strikes. The Pittsburgh Pirates were found to be the most screwed team in the Majors with umpires calling pitches balls that should have been strikes an average of 19 times for every 1000 pitches thrown. Charlie Morton, Tony Watson, and Joel Hanrahan also were all in the Top 10 in blown calls on an individual pitcher level. Pretty interesting stuff.

Matt Eddy of Baseball America tweeted out today that LHP Doug Slaten has opted to become a minor league free agent this offseason. Slaten posted a 2.77 ERA and 6:8 K:BB rate over 12 innings for the Pirates. In 42 2/3 innings for Indianapolis, he had a 2.11 ERA and 24:12 K:BB ratio.

Just underneath the site banner, you will see that a new link has been added to the menu at the top of the site. Under the new 2012 Arizona Fall League page, you will find daily updates of how the Pirates’ prospects are doing and also updated season statistics all in one spot.

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