Player News - Pirates

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Pirates pitching prospect Taylor Hearn gave up one run over six innings of work for High-A Bradenton on Wednesday.

Hearn didn't walk anyone in the outing, and he allowed just four hits. Acquired in the Mark Melancon deal, Hearn has electric stuff, starting with a fastball that can get up to 99 mph. He also has a solid slider, and his change has made a bit of progress. He's likely headed for the bullpen, but you can't blame Pittsburgh for giving him a chance to pitch in the rotation. If he can, his value increases substantially.
Apr 27 - 2:41 PM

Pirates prospect Will Craig knocked in five runs on Wednesday for High-A Bradenton.

RBI aren't a great predictive stat for prospects, but it certainly isn't a bad thing to see. Craig also went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and a strikeout. Pittsburgh took Craig in the first-round last year with the hope that his bat could move quickly through the system. So far, so good.
Apr 27 - 2:02 PM

Josh Harrison went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in a 6-5 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.

He led off the first inning with a home run off Jon Lester. In the second inning he walked and scored on an Andrew McCutchen double. Harrison owns a .308 batting average with two homers, seven runs, four RBI and two steals in 20 games.
Apr 27 - 12:44 AM

Josh Bell went 2-for-3 and hit a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

He took Cubs ace Jon Lester deep to center field with the bases empty in the sixth inning to provide what ultimately proved to be the winning run. It was his third homer of the season to go with his .237 batting average and six RBI.
Apr 27 - 12:37 AM

Tyler Glasnow's struggles continued as he gave up three runs in 3 1/3 frames against the Cubs on Wednesday.

He was pulled after allowing six hits and four walks on 89 pitches, only 46 of which were strikes. He loaded the bases in the second inning and ended up hitting a batter to gift the Cubs a run. Glasnow now has a 7.98 ERA with 13 walks in 14 2/3 innings through his first four starts. On the bright side his 17 strikeouts clearly show his potential if he can develop some control. His high ERA and inability to go deep into his starts might soon force the Pirates to replace him in their rotation.
Apr 27 - 12:32 AM

Adam Frazier (hamstring) received a platelet rich plasma injection on Monday.

That was the day he was placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Frazier has already shown improvement and will be reevaluated on Friday. The Pirates could certainly use him as they scramble to replace Starling Marte, who is serving an 80-game suspension for PEDs.
Apr 26 - 10:48 PM

Pirates recalled INF Gift Ngoepe from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Ngoepe is the first African-born player to make it to the major league level. The 27-year-old was batting just .241/.308/.379 in 66 plate appearances this season at Triple-A and holds no fantasy relevance.
Apr 26 - 3:32 PM

Pirates optioned RHP Dovydas Neverauskas to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Neverauskas became the first native of Lithuania to appear in a major league game on Monday night against the Cubs, but he yielded a run on two hits in two innings of work. The 24-year-old right-hander should get another shot soon.
Apr 26 - 3:30 PM

David Freese (hamstring) remains out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Wednesday night.

Freese is day-to-day with right hamstring soreness. Josh Harrison will start at third base and bat leadoff Wednesday versus Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. Phil Gosselin is at second base and batting eighth.
Apr 26 - 2:12 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Pirates are promoting minor league infielder Gift Ngoepe.

He'll be the first-ever African-born player to reach the major league level. Ngoepe, 27, was batting just .241/.308/.379 through 66 plate appearances this season with Triple-A Indianapolis, but the Bucs are desperate for infield depth with David Freese nursing a sore hamstring. Ngoepe probably won't be up for long and is not fantasy-relevant.
Apr 26 - 11:01 AM

Gerrit Cole took an undeserved loss Tuesday, as he yielded just one unearned run across seven frames against the Cubs.

Cole out-pitched Kyle Hendricks, as he gave up only two hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out eight, needing just 78 pitches to cruise through seven innings. However, he was saddled with a loss because Alen Hanson made a throwing error in the second that resulted in the game’s lone run. Cole has put up four nice starts in a row after a rough first outing. He’ll take on the Reds the next time out.
Apr 25 - 10:07 PM

David Freese was unavailable Tuesday due to right hamstring soreness.

Josh Harrison drew the start at third base against the Cubs, with Alen Hanson starting at second. This could be a multi-day absence for Freese, who's off to a great start offensively in 2017.
Apr 25 - 10:07 PM

Felipe Rivero walked a batter but turned in a scoreless inning in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

Rivero struck out Kyle Schwarber before issuing a walk to Kris Bryant. He then got a groundout and flyout to hold the Cubs at bay. Tony Watson has done a fine job as the Pirates' closer and Daniel Hudson might be next in line for saves, but Rivero has been the Pirates' best reliever. He's allowed one earned run with an 11/2 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings.
Apr 25 - 10:04 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 0-for-3 with a walk Tuesday against the Cubs, dropping his season line to .190/.261/.365.

Cervelli has already doubled his home run total from last season with two early bombs, but he's offered little else. The backstop has just one hit in his last 16 at-bats.
Apr 25 - 9:53 PM

Pirates recalled RHP Johnny Barbato from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Barbato was just acquired from the Yankees last week and will replace Antonio Bastardo (quad) in the Pirates' bullpen. The 24-year-old had a rough 7.62 ERA in 13 appearances with the Yankees last season and figures to operate in middle relief.
Apr 25 - 3:34 PM


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