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Pirates sign 37th rounder Rodarrick Jones

Published on August 3, 2011 by in Draft

Pirates Prospects reported today that the Pirates have signed their 37th round pick Rodarrick James. James is an outfielder from Southern College.

Compared to other college draftees, Jones looks to be more of a project as he is not quite as polished as his peers. However, he is very athletic and is very toolsy. It looks like he will start out in the GCL, which tells you a lot about where he is at as almost no college draft picks are sent there.

With the signing of Glasnow and Jones today, the Pirates have now signed 20 players from this year’s draft.

 

 
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Pirates sign 5th rounder Tyler Glasnow

Published on August 3, 2011 by in Draft

Jim Callis of Baseball America reported today that the Pirates have signed their 5th round pick Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow’s signing bonus will be $600,000, which is the largest bonus given out to anyone in the draft after the top 65 picks.

Glasnow is a RHP from Hart High School in California and had a commitment to Portland. Here’s what Baseball America has to say on Glasnow:

Tyler Glasnow, a projectable 6-foot-7 righthander, comes from an athletic family. His mother was a gymnast at Cal State Fullerton and the gymnastics coach at Cal State Northridge, and his brother Ted is a decathlete at Notre Dame. Glasnow is still growing into his huge body, but he reportedly ran his fastball into the low 90s this spring, though scouts say his fastball ranged from 83-89 mph more often, sitting in the mid-80s. He flashes a curveball that has a chance to be average and the makings of a slider and a changeup, but he rarely uses the change. His command has a long way to go, and he is regarded as a high-risk prospect who could provide a high reward if he can harness his mechanics and command. He is committed to Portland.

 
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Morton spins gem, but Bucs fall below .500

Final: Cubs 1, Pirates 0

WP: Matt Garza (5-8)
LP: Chris Resop (3-3)
SV: Carlos Marmol (22)

Charlie Morton did what the Pirates needed him to do. Be a stopper. However, the Pirates’ bats were unable to muster up any type of support. And last time I checked, it is literally impossible to win if you do not score a run.

Morton did not give up a run over 7 shutout innings where he struck out 7 and walked 2. Chris Resop would make one mistake pitch to Starlin Castro and that would be the game as Castro led off the 8th inning with a home run that would prove to be enough.

The Bucs would get just 4 hits in this game, 2 from Pedro Alvarez.

The loss means the Pirates are below .500 for the first time in a while and it is getting to the point where they really need to right the ship before things get too out of control.

 
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Game 109: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Live Blog

Published on August 3, 2011 by in Live Blogs

 
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Correia’s home woes continue

Final: Cubs 11, Pirates 6

WP: Randy Wells (3-4)
LP: Kevin Correia (12-9)

The Pirates brought their bats today, however, Correia didn’t bring his arm as his struggles at PNC Park continued. Correia gave up 8 runs in 2 innings and the Pirates were out of this one pretty early as he gave up 10 hits in those innings, 4 of which were home runs.

The Pirates still somehow managed to make this one somewhat close thanks in large part to two homers by Garrett Jones and another 2-run homer by Brandon Wood. But it wasn’t enough to match the Cubs hit parade as they managed 21 hits and 6 homers.

The loss was the Pirates’ 5th in a row and dropped them to .500 on the season, 6 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers. They really do need to start winning some games if they want to have a shot at competing for this division as Milwaukee is quickly pulling away from the pack.

Charlie Morton will look to end the losing streak tomorrow night against Matt Garza as the Bucs will look to take the 3rd game of this 4 game series.

 
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Game 108: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Live Blog

Published on August 2, 2011 by in Live Blogs

 
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