Thursday, September 4, 2014

Today's Notes: Cutch, The Sked & Race, Minor League Report and More...

In today's news:
This guy is on SI's cover again...
  • Next Up: The Bucs face the Cubs tomorrow. Young up-and-coming Chicago just swept the Brewers, so Pittsburgh would be ill-advised to sleep on them, especially as they play them six times in the next ten contests. The Pirates are two games behind Milwaukee and 1-1/2 games behind Atlanta for the last wild card spot. Pittsburgh is five games behind St. Louis in the NL Central and 4-1/2 games behind San Francisco for the top wild card.
  • Leader of the Pack: Dave Cameron of Fangraphs just discovered that the best hitting team in basball is Pittsburgh.
  • Rehab: Jameson Taillon tweeted that he was throwing from 75', a sign that his April TJ surgery's rehab is on track. If he continues forward without any blips, he could be ready to return to Indy close to Opening Day and be on track for Pittsburgh sometime around the 2015 All-Star break.
  • All-Star: RHP Tyler Glasnow was the only Pirate representative on Baseball America's post-season Minor League All-Star Team.
  • Play-Offs Done: The Bradenton Marauders, the only Pittsburgh farm team to make the playoffs, went two-and-out against Fort Myer in the Florida State League division championship series.
  • Ex-Bucs: Erik Cordier made his MLB debut for the Giants; he threw 16 of his 22 pitches at 100+ MPH leading to a scoreless frame with a K, walk and HBP. Cordier pitched for Indy in 2013. A game or two before, SF's Hunter Strickland lit up the guns with 16 pitches of 98 MPH or more, with one hitting 100 in his big league bow. He was in the Pirates' farm system from 2009-12.

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