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Neal Huntington: Pirates don't plan to call up Tyler Glasnow this year

By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about 1 hour ago

General manager Neal Huntington made it very clear Sunday afternoon that the Pirates do not intend to call up top prospect Tyler Glasnow, a 6-foot-8 right-hander, this season. Glasnow, 22, has a 0.81 ERA in six starts for Class AAA Indianapolis.

A fifth-round pick in 2011, Glasnow went 5-3 with a 2.43 ERA in 12 starts for Class AA Altoona before being promoted in late July.

"Couldn't be more excited about Tyler Glasnow, his growth and his development from the beginning of this year and his time with the Pirates,“ Huntington said. ”We are completely looking forward to what he can be at the major league level. Performance and success in AAA does not always translate to the big leagues. He's got weapons. The consistency and the ability to utilize those weapons, the ability to come up and get major league hitters out versus AAA hitters out — completely different spectrum.

“Have left the door open, just because he's doing some really good things, but he continues to remind us there are still some really good things he needs to do. At this point, he's not on our radar to come up here in September or October, because we still feel there's some development left to go. We've tried to leave the window open to keep progressing, but he is not in our plans as we sit here right now. Excited about what he will become. Can't wait to see him on a big league mound in Pittsburgh or wherever he ends up as he's pitching for us and against someone else, but not a guy we're planning on as we sit here today."

The Pirates rotation has been very strong the past few weeks, and right-hander A.J. Burnett is expected to return in mid-September, giving the Pirates six starters for five spots. Is all that weighed when making this decision to not rush Glasnow to the majors?

"As we've tried to say since Day 1 being here, our goal is to bring a prospect to the big leagues when we feel he's ready to come up here and compete,” Huntington said. “In the environment that we'd ask somebody to come up in September, it's about winning every single game and putting ourselves in a position to win as many of these final 34 games as we can to close this three-game loss-column deficit to win the division.

”It's a lot to ask a young player to come up and help you win a game in April, let alone to come up and help you win a playoff-caliber game in September. Our goal is to put our guys in positions to be successful. Our goal is to bring up young players when they're ready to help us win. When we get to that point with Tyler, we'll absolutely look to bring him up. We just don't necessarily see that happening this September or October."


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Pirates pregame: Charlie Morton vs. Jorge De La Rosa

By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about 4 hours ago


RHP Charlie Morton (Getty)

Game: Pirates (79-49) vs. Rockies (51-76)

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: ROOT Sports, KDKA-FM 93.7

Weather: 82 and hazy


Rockies

1. Charlie Blackmon CF

2. DJ LeMahieu 2B

3. Carlos Gonzalez RF

4. Nolan Arenado 3B

5. Ben Paulsen 1B

6. Kyle Parker LF

7. Daniel Descalso SS

8. Dustin Garneau C

9. Jorge De La Rosa LHP

Pirates

1. Gregory Polanco RF

2. Starling Marte LF

3. Andrew McCutchen CF

4. Aramis Ramirez 3B

5. Francisco Cervelli C

6. Michael Morse 1B

7. Josh Harrison 2B

8. Jordy Mercer SS

9. Charlie Morton RHP


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Clint Hurdle not a fan of how September call-ups change games

By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about 13 hours ago


Manager Clint Hurdle (Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

It’s Aug. 30 now, which means we are creeping steadily closer to September call-ups across the big leagues. Count Pirates manager Clint Hurdle among those who aren’t too keen expanding rosters late in the season. Which isn’t to say Hurdle hasn’t taken advantage of it in the past, it’s just that he recognizes the absurdity of it after all these years as a manager. 

"Never liked the rule,“ Hurdle said Saturday. ”Have absolutely abused it at times, to good use. Won a game in Colorado — that 13 of 14 [wins] down the stretch — and used 10 or 11 pitchers in one game. Crazy. Horrible. I don't get it. It's the way it's always been. You've heard me say that tradition is a wonderful thing, but it also can be a vision killer. Five months? Here's your rules, go play. Last month? Here, do it this way. Do whatever you want. It's like free play!"

Consider the Pirates’ 4-3 win Saturday night. They emptied the bench again to get a couple reserves — Starling MarteMichael MorseSean Rodriguez and Jordy Mercer — in the action. They used four pitchers. Are the Pirates really better off if they have even more options off the bench or out of the bullpen?

“You get to the point where you're never going to win a leverage,” Hurdle continued. “... There were times when we didn't have players to call up, and other teams would have players, on top of having a good team. You just keep getting pumped. You never win a leverage situation. You can't win a leverage situation. Your guys are in bad matchups throughout the end of the game. I've told you. I've seen it.

”Bring in a pitching change, OK, there's the pinch hitter, he gets on, there's the pinch-runner, he scores, another guy goes out to play defense. Uncle! That was it for me. That's when I checked out. That was like in the year 2003 or something. It happened, and we lost by one run. That was the run. I'm done! It makes no sense! You can't win!

Neal [Huntington] and I have talked about a taxi squad, you ramp the number down. Everybody is going to kick their other four starters to the curb, but you go with 30 maybe. But you pick a number that's operable and still it's a little different of a game, but it's not the game it is right now."

There certainly are a couple names Pirates fans would like to see brought into the mix in September — say, Tyler Glasnow or Alen Hanson — but how many players does Hurdle envision adding into the equation?

"Ummm, I know how many are going to be here,” Hurdle said, cautiously. “I'll wait until those guys get told.” He smiled, and added. “I guarantee you every guy we're going to ask to show up on the first will show up."


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Pirates minor league report 8/29

Post-Gazette staff about 16 hours ago

INDIANAPOLIS (78-57) lost to Toledo, 4-3. RHP Wilfredo Boscan (3.01) allowed 2 runs and 7 hits in 5 2/3 innings. RHP Frank Herrmann (0-1, 2.45) was the loser. DH Corey Hart (.167) had 2 RBIs. 3B Alen Hanson (.268) went 2 for 3.

ALTOONA (70-63) lost to Trenton, 3-1. RHP Matt Benedict (5-7, 6.03) was the loser, giving up 3 runs and 7 hits in 6 1/3 innings. SS Adam Frazier (.329) and 1B Jose Osuna (.294) both went 2 for 5.

BRADENTON (68-63) lost to Fort Myers, 7-3. RHP Luis Heredia (5.83) gave up 2 runs, 2 hits and 5 walks in 1 1/3 innings. RHP Isaac Sanchez (2-3, 2.77) was the loser. 3B Wyatt Mathisen (.266) went 2 for 4 with a 3-run homer. CF Austin Meadows (.305) went 2 for 5.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (80-50) beat Lexington, 8-1. RHP Colten Brewer (5-9, 4.81) was the winner, allowing 1 run and 4 hits in 6 2/3 innings. CF Tito Polo (.248) went 4 for 5 with an RBI. 2B Kevin Kramer (.176) went 3 for 6 with 2 RBIs.

WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS (36-31) beat Mahoning Valley, 7-3. RHP Bret Helton (5.36) gave up 3 runs and 3 hits in 4 innings. RHP Nick Hibbing (2-1, 1.24) was the winner. 2B Mitchell Tolman (.280) went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. LF Ty Moore (.282) went 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs.

GCL PIRATES (28-31) lost to GCL Yankees1, 5-0. LHP Nestor Oronel (0-6, 5.12) was the loser, allowing 5 runs and 5 hits in 3 innings. LF Edison Lantigua (.207) went 2 for 4.

BRISTOL (28-33) lost to Pulaski, 6-1. RHP Scooter Hightower (4-2, 3.31) was the loser, giving up 4 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings. C Tomas Morales (.304) went 2 for 4.


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Pirates pregame: J.A. Happ vs. Chris Rusin

By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1 day ago


LHP J.A. Happ (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Game: Pirates (78-49) vs. Rockies (51-75)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: ROOT Sports, KDKA-FM 93.7

Weather: 82 and mostly sunny


Rockies

1. Charlie Blackmon CF

2. Jose Reyes SS

3. Carlos Gonzalez RF

4. Nolan Arenado 3B

5. DJ LeMahieu 2B

6. Ben Paulsen 1B

7. Nick Hundley C

8. Brandon Barnes LF

9. Chris Rusin LHP

Pirates

1. Gregory Polanco RF

2. Josh Harrison LF

3. Andrew McCutchen CF

4. Aramis Ramirez 3B

5. Jung Ho Kang SS

6. Francisco Cervelli C

7. Pedro Alvarez 1B

8. Neil Walker 2B

9. J.A. Happ LHP


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