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Ken Rosenthal: Pirates Interested in Stephen Drew

Published on July 20, 2012 by in Features, Rumors

We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about the Pirates’ interest in Arizona RF Justin Upton, but today we found out the club is also interested in one of his teammates, short stop Stephen Drew.

Rosenthal points out that Drew would be an almost certain upgrade offensively for the Pirates, who currently boast the majors worst OPS at the position (.515). Drew just recently came off the disabled list and is hitting .192/.246/.350 over 15 games, so it really isn’t worth reading too much into those stats.

Drew has a $10 million mutual option for next season with a $1.35 million buyout, so barring an awesome comeback, would be a rental-type player and shouldn’t net too much of a return in a trade.

Buster Olney also reported today that the Pirates have yet to have any real discussions about a trade, however, with the Diamondbacks.

Drew certainly is an upgrade over Barmes (pretty much any breathing short stop is at this point), but I may wait to see if the market opens up a bit more closer to the deadline as it is possible a few others at the position could become available the sooner it becomes.

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7/18 MiLB Recap: Gift Ngoepe Hits 9th Home Run

Bryan Morris pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. He now has a 2.57 ERA over 56 innings with a 57:12 K:BB ratio.

Starling Marte was 0 for 4.

Chase d’Arnaud went 2 for 4 with a triple and a walk.

Kyle McPherson started and gave up three runs over five innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter. He has recorded at least seven strikeouts in each of his last three starts.

Robbie Grossman was 0 for 3 with a hit by pitch.

Brock Holt went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Quincy Latimore was 1 for 4 with his 11th home run of the year.

Gift Ngoepe was 2 for 3 with his 9th homer of the season. He also stole his 18th base. He’s hitting .253/.342/.388 on the year.

Mel Rojas went 0 for 3 with his 11th stolen base of the year.

The game was called by the umpires due to rain and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. What is this? The All-Star Game?

Luis Heredia started and gave up three runs over five innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Barrett Barnes was 2 for 4 with a double and two stolen bases, giving him nine on the season.

Jon Sandfort pitched two scoreless innings, striking out one and walking one.

Dilson Herrera was 3 for 7 with two doubles over the GCL Pirates’ doubleheader.

Wyatt Mathisen went 0 for 2 with a walk.

Stetson Allie was 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

Harold Ramirez was 1 for 3.

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Pirates Receive Extra Draft Pick after First Round

Published on July 18, 2012 by in Draft, Features

Major League Baseball held their first ever Competitive Balance Lottery this afternoon. Pretty much, they take the teams with the smallest payrolls and smallest markets and put them in a pool. They then pick six teams to get an extra draft pick immediately following the first round. Then, the teams who didn’t get picked in that round, get put in a pool for six more picks following the second round.

Fortunately for the Pirates, this is pretty much the only new rule in the MLB draft that they actually benefit from, as it gives them a very good shot at receiving a free extra pick.

This afternoon, it was selected that the Pirates would get the second of the six picks following the first round of the draft. As Tim Williams points out, that would currently be the #33 overall pick in the draft. The team already has the #9 pick next season and will also get their regular first round pick, determined by where they finish in the final standings.

This is great in a couple of ways. First, it gives the Pirates another early round draft pick, so they will have three picks on the first day of the draft next year. It also greatly improves their draft pool to spend money from. With three early round picks, they will be able to spend a lot more money next year than they were permitted to spend this season.

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Pirates Blast Way to 9-6 Win in Colorado

Final: Pirates 9, Rockies 6

WP: James McDonald (10-3, 2.93 ERA)
LP: Matt Reynolds (3-1, 3.86 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (26, 2.23 ERA)

This was the Coors Field we all grew up watching. Thanks to four long-balls, the Pirates offense picked up James McDonald, who gave up six runs in five innings.

Pedro Alvarez hit his second straight opposite field home run in the second inning to start the barrage for the Pirates. In the third inning, with the Pirates down 5-1, Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer to bring the Bucs within one. Rockies’ starter Jeremy Guthrie then allowed Casey McGehee to reach on an error, Pedro Alvarez to single, and hit Rod Barajas with a pitch to load the bases for Clint Barmes. Barmes delivered with a two-run single to right center as the Pirates put up a five-spot in the third inning.

McDonald allowed the Rockies to tie it up in the fourth inning, but the Pirates answered right back with a two-run homer by McGehee and a solo homer by Barajas, both in the fifth inning.

Brad Lincoln, Jason Grilli, Tony Watson, and Joel Hanrahan combined for four scoreless innings to shut the door.

Amazingly, the Pirates put up nine runs with Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker going 0 for 8. Luckily, pretty much everyone else contributed big time.

James McDonald has given up at least four runs in three of his last five starts, with today easily being his worst start of the year. In his last two starts, he has walked nine while striking out four.

Joel Hanrahan had given up at least one base runner over his previous nine outings. So it was good to see him get a 1-2-3 ninth inning today with two strikeouts.

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Game 91 Live Chat: Pirates vs Rockies

Published on July 18, 2012 by in Live Blogs

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Andrew McCutchen homers again in 6-2 win

Final: Pirates 6, Rockies 2

WP: Erik Bedard (5-10, 4.55 ERA)
LP: Christian Friedrich (5-7, 5.85 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (25, 2.29 ERA)

The Pirates got a much-needed quality outing from Erik Bedard and the two hot bats, Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker kept it going as the Pirates bounced back from dropping two straight.

Bedard ended up pitching 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned). He struck out four and walked four.

McCutchen homered in the fourth inning with an absolute behemoth home run that traveled 442 feet over the stands in left field.

The Bucs put up a four-spot in the fifth inning thanks to back-to-back walks to lead off the inning, followed by four singles and a wild pitch.

They added one more in the eighth on an RBI double by Michael McKenry for some insurance and that was plenty enough, despite Juan Cruz and Joel Hanrahan making things a little interesting in the ninth inning with three walks combined between the two.

Andrew McCutchen’s OPS is up to 1.083, the highest in the majors. McCutchen also is 1st in the NL in hitting, 2nd in HR, and 2nd in RBI. He’s a legitimate Triple Crown contender at this point.

Neil Walker went 2 for 3 with two walks. He is now hitting .302/.370/.430. He leads all NL second basemen in average and on-base percentage.

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