Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:23:36 EDT
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:09:31 EDTThe Pirates did not waste much time filling an open spot on their coaching staff from within.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:46:53 EDTAs the Pirates evaluate what went wrong this year and identify where they can improve next season, they will start from the ground up. That's true in a symbolic sense, as Pittsburgh's front office is poring over everything that led to a disappointing 78-83 campaign. But it's also literal, a product of the Pirates pitching staff's dip in ground-ball rate.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:58:53 EDTPittsburgh's home run output increased from 140 to 153 this year, but the Bucs dropped from 10th to 12th-most in the NL. The Royals (147), Giants (130), Marlins (128) and Braves (122) were the only Major League clubs to hit fewer homers than the Bucs.
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Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:47:41 EDTThe Pirates made two changes to their Major League coaching staff on Saturday, dismissing third-base coach Rick Sofield and reassigning first-base coach Nick Leyva to a position in the front office.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:50:12 EDTJosh Bell's bat made him one of the top prospects in the Pirates' system. But when the 24-year-old left his end-of-season exit interview with manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington, he was thinking mostly about his defense.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:30:15 EDTDuring his time in the bullpen this year, Jeff Locke learned about the disciplined routines that make good relievers successful night after night. He learned about the camaraderie of Pittsburgh's relief corps and came to appreciate the ability to go from idle observer to game-on-the-line pitcher
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:00:19 EDTJohn Jaso adjusted well to playing 1B for the first time this past season, and the Pirates would like him to add 3B to his repertoire this winter.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:24:41 EDTWho do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:09:06 EDTPirates general manager Neil Huntington will be looking to add an experienced starter to his talented young rotation this offseason.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:32:42 EDTThis time last year, Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow had a month's worth of Triple-A experience. Now, they're entering their first offseason as Major Leaguers with one more Minor League accolade.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 23:15:44 EDTThe spotlight may shine on the Arizona Fall League more than ever in the prospect circuit's 25th season. Usually packed with phenoms, the league has even more blue-chip prospects than usual. And, as you may have heard, a certain Heisman Trophy winner will take the next step in his baseball development with the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:36:03 EDTThe Pirates clearly had the old "you can never have too much pitching" adage in their collective heads when making trades during the season, and many of those new faces will be on display at instructs.
Wed, 5 Oct 2016 17:45:46 EDTThe Pirates on Wednesday acquired right-hander Brady Dragmire from the Blue Jays for cash considerations, picking up a Minor League reliever who fits their ground-ball preference for pitchers.
Tue, 4 Oct 2016 16:02:47 EDTWhen the time comes, Andrew McCutchen says, he'll be willing to talk about it. But he doesn't believe it's time for a position change yet.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:40:33 EDTThe Pirates knew this would be a year of transition, a changing of the guard in many ways, as they replaced key parts of their 2013-15 core and introduced several players who will hold down major roles in their future. But they still hoped it wouldn't be a true "bridge" year, a gap in their recent run of trips to the postseason. That's what it turned out to be, however, as the Pirates spun their wheels around the .500 mark through most of a disappointing year and missed the playoffs for the first time since their last losing season in 2012.
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 17:05:58 EDTThe weirdest, worst season of Andrew McCutchen's career ended with a solid two-month stretch. After four miserable months, McCutchen at least looked more like himself.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:41:21 EDTGregory Polanco is the Pirates' candidate for the Aaron Award, given to the top offensive player in each league. Voting ends Oct. 14. Cast your ballot now.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:12:47 EDTThe Cardinals did their part, thumping the Pirates, 10-4, to end the season with four straight wins. But they did not get the necessary help out West, where the Giants, with their own sweep, ended the Cardinals' postseason pursuit at 5:11 p.m. CT on Sunday.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:48:48 EDTAn hour after the end of the Pirates' disappointing season, not far removed from the final start of another trying year, Ryan Vogelsong stood in front of his locker and looked ahead.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:46:13 EDTAfter a disappointing season that ended weeks earlier than they would have liked, can the Pirates find their way back into the postseason in 2017? Several rookies got their feet wet this year, and they'll be asked to play bigger roles next season. While the former prospects are a major part of the Pirates' future success, they won't go far without a return to form from their stars. Everyone, young and old, will need to step up to put the Pirates back in the postseason picture.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:03:56 EDTThe Pirates quietly placed All-Star outfielder Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to back tightness.
Sat, 1 Oct 2016 20:20:00 EDTIt will all come down to Game 162 for the Cardinals, who, with a 4-3, come-from-behind win over the Pirates at Busch Stadium, staved off potential Wild Card elimination on Saturday. Jedd Gyorko delivered the game-winning hit with his two-out, eighth-inning home run.
Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:10:00 EDTPirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow, looking to cap a frustrating season with a positive finish, focused on shortening up his delivery Friday night. The end result was perhaps his best appearance in the Major Leagues, as he held the Cardinals to one run on one hit over five mostly efficient innings in Pittsburgh's 7-0 loss at Busch Stadium.
Sat, 1 Oct 2016 01:42:17 EDTWith an inspired start by Carlos Martinez and a flood of production against the Pirates' bullpen, the Cardinals asserted their place in the National League Wild Card race with a 7-0 victory at Busch Stadium on Friday night. The win kept pressure on the Giants, who held their one-game lead over the Cards for the second Wild Card spot after beating the Dodgers later in the evening.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:47:36 EDTAs the Pirates and Cubs discovered Thursday night, there is tying in baseball. Their series finale at PNC Park was suspended and declared a 1-1 tie after being delayed by rain.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:01:34 EDTOn Wednesday night, Jameson Taillon wrapped up an impressive debut season in the Major Leagues, pitching six innings of one-hit, one-run ball against baseball's best team in the Pirates' 8-4 win over the Cubs at PNC Park.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:31:42 EDTIvan Nova's season came to an unlikely end Thursday night at PNC Park, with a 5 1/3-inning complete game in a 1-1 tie with the Cubs in the Bucs' home finale. Was it the last start Nova, a pending free agent, will make for the Pirates?
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:58:06 EDTA photo finish in the Pirates' Pierogi Race
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:24:52 EDTPirates first baseman John Jaso hit his way to PNC Park history on Wednesday night, completing the first cycle in the history of Pittsburgh's ballpark along the Allegheny River in the Bucs' 8-4 win over the Cubs. Jaso went 4-for-4 with five RBIs.