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  • Paul Skenes Looks Untouchable On Friday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Paul Skenes made his second career start against the Chicago Cubs. His debut last week was a bit underwhelming, but Skenes made easy work of the Cubs lineup this time around. The right-hander struck out the first six batters he faced to begin the game. Skenes would punch out a total of 11 batters over six innings of no-hit baseball on Friday. The Pirates didn't want to push anything, so they did pull Skenes out of the game instead of letting him go for the no-hitter. The Cubs would eventually score off the bullpen, but the Pirates still took the game 9-3. Skenes is everything as advertised and is looking like an elite fantasy option.

    May 17 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes To Resume Baseball Activities On Monday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (back) will resume baseball activities on Monday, according to director of sports medicine Todd Tomcyzk. The plan is for Hayes to play catch and field ground balls on Monday and then swing the bat on Tuesday. The 27-year-old landed on the injured list with a back injury that doesn't sound too serious, so as long as he doesn't suffer a setback, Hayes could be back with the Pirates before the calendar flips to June. Until Hayes is able to return, expect the Pirates to continue to lean on Jared Triolo at the hot corner. Triolo is hitting ninth for the Bucs on Friday against Chicago Cubs veteran right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Before his injury, Hayes was hitting a modest .240/.322/.318 with only one home run and 11 RBI in 34 games played.

    May 17 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • David Bednar Secures Ninth Save

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar continued his recent run of success on Thursday, tossing a scoreless inning to pick up the save in a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs. Bednar didn't allow a baserunner and struck out one. After a horrid April that included three blown saves and a loss, Bednar has bounced back in May, going 4-for-4 in save opportunities while allowing just two runs in seven innings. Fantasy managers can rest easy with Bednar for now, as he should continue as the team's closer for the foreseeable future.

    May 17 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Angels Acquire Roansy Contreras From Pirates

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    The Los Angeles Angels acquired right-hander Roansy Contreras from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations, according to sources. The Pirates had designated Contreras for assignment last Saturday. The 24-year-old Dominican hurler went 1-0 with the Pirates with a 4.41 ERA (5.01 FIP) and 1.65 WHIP with eight walks and 16 strikeouts in 16 1/3 relief innings over 12 outings out of the bullpen this year before being traded to the American League. In his four big-league seasons in Pittsburgh, Contreras has made 53 appearances, with 30 of them coming in a starting role, so he could become an option to make some spot starts for the Halos eventually. Contreras has a career 4.83 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with weak 20.2% strikeout rate and a 10.1% walk rate. Fantasy managers can continue ignoring him.

    May 16 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Pittsburgh Pirates Roansy Contreras
  • Andrew McCutchen Out On Thursday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and infielder Jared Triolo are both out of the lineup on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and has been better in May so far, batting .250 (11-for-44) with two home runs and three RBI to raise his season line to .211/.317/.358 in 142 plate appearances. With McCutchen out, Bryan Reynolds will serve as the designated hitter and bat second, while Edward Olivares will serve as the cleanup hitter while starting in right field against Cubs left-hander Justin Steele. Triolo has just two hits in his last 39 plate appearances and could start losing more playing time if he doesn't pick things up offensively soon. Nick Gonzales is starting at third base and is batting fifth, while Alika Williams draws into the lineup at the keystone and will hit ninth.

    May 16 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen
  • Eric Lauer Opts Out Of Pirates Deal

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    Left-hander Eric Lauer exercised an out clause in his minor league deal with thee Pirates and has been granted his release, tweets Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He's once again a free agent. Lauer, 29 next month, pitched well for most of his time in Indianapolis, though his ERA ballooned from 3.95 to 5.52...

    May 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Eric Lauer
  • Pirates Promote Carmen Mlodzinski

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up pitching prospect Carmen Mlodzinski from Triple-A Indianapolis. The right-hander made his debut last season out of the bullpen and registered an impressive 2.25 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 36 innings for the Bucco's. His 2024 campaign got off to a slow start as he was dealing elbow inflammation, but he has struggled with Triple-A Indianapolis in his recovery. For Indianapolis, Mlodzinski has allowed 10 runs in 14 innings. For now, managers in all formats can leave the right-hander on the waiver wire.

    May 16 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Carmen Mlodzinski
  • Pirates Designate Josh Fleming For Assignment

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    The Pirates have recalled right-hander Ryder Ryan and designated left-hander Josh Fleming in a corresponding move. Robert Murray of FanSided reported Fleming's DFA prior to the official announcement. It's an unfortunate early birthday present for Fleming, who will turn 28 years old on Saturday. The southpaw signed a split deal with the Pirates in February and...

    May 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Fleming Ryder Ryan
  • Rowdy Tellez Out Of The Lineup On Tuesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Rowdy Tellez will not be in the lineup on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Derek Shelton said on 93.7 The Fan that Connor Joe will start at first base in place of Tellez. The manager points to Joe Ross being a reverse-split right-hander as the reason for Tellez not starting on Tuesday. Tellez has struggled as of late as he's 0-for-17 with six strikeouts in the last seven games while in the last 15 games, he's slashing .158/.214/.237 with zero home runs. Joe, meanwhile, will be getting the start at first base despite being primarily an outfielder. Whether or not Tellez will remain on the bench after Tuesday is to be seen, but he's not putting up much offense so he isn't worth a fantasy look at this time.

    May 14 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Rowdy Tellez
  • Bryan Reynolds Posts Perfect Five-Hit Game

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    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds went 5-5 at the plate in Monday's victory with a home run and a double. Reynolds laced a double in the third inning to score Andrew McCutchen and then hit a solo shot to pad the Pittsburgh lead in the ninth. This perfect outing brings Reynolds to a solid .256/.351/.427 line with five total long balls through 42 games this season. The 29-year-old is a consistent fantasy contributor, and his strong underlying metrics suggest he could be in store for another successful season. He currently has a .266 xBA and .458 xSLG, which are both above average among qualified hitters. The former Vanderbilt Commodore should always remain in your fantasy lineup and be considered in DFS.

    May 14 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Bryan Reynolds
  • Yasmani Grandal Showing Power With New Club

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    Pittsburgh Pirates backstop Yasmani Grandal launched his second home run in just seven games with his new club on Monday. The 35-year-old looks to be settling in quite nicely in the Steel City with an impressive .545 SLG through his first week as a Pirate. Grandal was on the 15-day injured list to open the season with plantar fasciitis but is now looking like his past self. Grandal began splitting catching duties with Joey Bart, but he has now started each of the past four games, suggesting he has a slight lead for the starting role. Grandal is worth adding in NL-only formats for the time being but could force his way into mixed leagues if his power surge continues.

    May 14 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Yasmani Grandal
  • Henry Davis Struggling Since Demotion

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    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher/outfield prospect Henry Davis has struggled since his demotion to Triple-A Indianapolis last week. The former Number one overall pick opened the year with the big-league club, but struggled with a .162 batting average and four RBI in 68 at-bats before veteran Yasmani Grandal returned from the injured list and took away his job. Since being sent back down, Davis is 3-for-19 with two runs and two RBI. Davis was picked number one overall for a reason and still has a bright future ahead of him, but he will need to turn things around in Triple-A to get another chance with the big-league club. Although managers in redraft leagues should have already cut ties, Davis still has value in dynasty leagues.

    May 14 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Henry Davis
  • Termarr Johnson Continues To Struggle In May

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    Pittsburgh Pirates second base prospect Termarr Johnson continues to face early-season struggles in High-A. He's 3-for-29 in May, good for a .103 batting average. Despite the low average, Johnson has still shown tremendous plate discipline. He's drawn 12 walks, resulting in a .395 on-base percentage in May. In addition, he's only struck out six times. A significant contributor to his low batting average is his .130 BABIP. Although Johnson hasn't been making solid contact, he's suffered from exceptionally bad luck so far. At just 19 years old, he has ample time to develop, with his MLB debut not expected until 2025.

    May 13 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Termarr Johnson
  • Connor Joe Swats Fifth Homer

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    Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman/outfielder Connor Joe went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs and a two-run homer in Sunday's loss against the Cubs. Joe came up big in the bottom of the 10th inning when he opened it up with a two-run rocket to the bleachers off Adbert Alzolay to open the frame, but it would not be enough to secure the Pirates a victory. Joe has quietly been off to a very good start for the Pirates and has mostly hit no lower than fourth in the lineup this season. For the year, he is hitting .292 with five homers, 20 RBI and two stolen bases to go along with a healthy .866 OPS. Although he isn't the sexiest name, Joe has been having a good enough season to be rostered in deeper mixed leagues.

    May 13 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Connor Joe
  • Pirates Designate Roansy Contreras, Place Ke’Bryan Hayes On 10-Day IL

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    2:18PM: The Pirates have officially announced the selection of Skenes' contract and the other transactions.  Hayes' IL designation is listed as low back inflammation. 12:53PM: Pirates GM Ben Cherington announced to Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (links to X) and other reporters that right-hander Roansy Contreras has been designated for assignment.  This move opens...

    May 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Roansy Contreras Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Paul Skenes Strikes Out Seven In MLB Debut

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    Pittsburgh Pirates rookie phenom Paul Skenes allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven across four innings in Saturday's 10-9 win over the Chicago Cubs. He did not factor into the decision. The 21-year-old threw 84 pitches, landing 54 for strikes. He did get into some trouble in the second inning by loading the bases but was able to escape the jam by retiring the next two batters he faced. The early jam brought his pitch count up, which prompted Pirates manager Derek Shelton for the fifth-inning removal. Skenes was electric in his debut, hitting 100 mph or more 17 times per MLB Pipeline. Skenes is here to stay and should be a crucial part of Pittsburgh's starting rotation. The rookie phenom's next scheduled start will be Friday against the Cubs.

    May 12 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Nick Gonzales Drives In Two In Season Debut

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    Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Nick Gonzales hit fifth in his season debut during Friday's loss to the division-rival Chicago Cubs, driving in two runs in the loss. In his first big-league at-bat of 2024, Gonzales hit a two-run single to plate Andrew McCutchen and Oneil Cruz to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead in the first inning before the advantage later evaporated. The 24-year-old former No. 7 overall pick was Pittsburgh's No. 5 prospect for 2023, per MLB Pipeline, and he figures to have a chance at carving out a consistent role in the Pirates' infield moving ahead. It's not like starting second baseman Jared Triolo has done much this year, so fantasy managers should get Gonzales on watch lists after the young infielder's encouraging effort on Friday. Gonzales struggled in his MLB debut in 2023, hitting .209 (24-for-115) with two homers and 13 RBI in 35 games.

    May 11 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Nick Gonzales
  • Bailey Falter To Start Against Cubs On Sunday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton said that left-hander Bailey Falter will start on Sunday at home against the visiting division-rival Chicago Cubs. Shelton added that the team will decide on what they will do with their starting rotation moving forward after the weekend series against Chicago. Now that top prospect Paul Skenes has entered the rotation and is set to make his major-league debut on Saturday, Falter may need to pitch well in the series finale in order to convince the coaching staff to keep him around. The 27-year-old southpaw has so far gone 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA (4.93 FIP) and 1.02 WHIP with nine walks and 26 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings over seven starts in 2024. It will likely be either Falter or Quinn Priester who get bumped from the rotation now that Skenes is here.

    May 10 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Bailey Falter
  • Pirates Acquire Daulton Jefferies From Giants

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    The Pirates have acquired right-hander Daulton Jefferies from the Giants in exchange for outfielder Rodolfo Nolasco, per Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com. Jefferies had been designated for assignment by San Francisco earlier this week. The Pirates later announced the deal, transferring catcher Jason Delay to the 60-day injured list to open a 40-man spot for...

    May 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates San Francisco Giants Jason Delay Daulton Jefferies
  • Keiner Delgado Showing Power At Single-A

    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop prospect Keiner Delgado was promoted to Single-A earlier this week after opening the season in the Rookie league and has begun to showcase his elite raw power. In just three games Delgado has launched two long balls with an overall .231/.231/.692 line. The 20-year-old has not showcased this power consistently in his young professional career, as he tallied just eight home runs in 49 games at the Rookie League last year and three the year prior. The number 24 ranked prospect is still several years away from his major league debut, with an ETA of 2027. Nonetheless, dynasty managers should keep tabs on him to see if he can continue to show this power potential throughout the summer.

    May 10 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Keiner Delgado
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Out On Friday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (rest) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs. Fantasy managers don't need to worry, as this appears to be a routine day off for Hayes. In his absence, Jared Triolo will cover third base and bat seventh versus right-hander Javier Assad on Friday. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups accordingly.

    May 10 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes Jared Triolo
  • Nick Gonzales Expected To Be Recalled On Friday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Nick Gonzales is expected to be recalled from the minors on Friday. The 24-year-old is hitting .358 with four home runs over 30 games in the minors this season. He played in 35 games with the Pirates last season, but will hopefully get a longer stint this time around. Fantasy managers might want to use a wait-and-see approach here, but Gonzalez has all the skills to be a reliable hitter at the highest level.

    May 9 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Nick Gonzales
  • Johan Oviedo Could Be Cleared To Throw Soon

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    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Johan Oviedo (elbow) is coming close to the six-month mark in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, which is when he might get final clearance to resume throwing. The clearance could come next week and would be another step toward getting Oviedo ready to pitch next season. The 26-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in early December of last year and will not be available to pitch for the Pirates at all in 2024. The Cuban right-hander made a career-high 32 starts for the Bucs in 2023 and went 9-14 with a 4.31 ERA (4.49 FIP) and 1.37 WHIP with 83 walks and 158 strikeouts in 177 2/3 innings pitched. Unsurprisingly, consistency was an issue for Oviedo in his first full season as a starter in the big leagues, and he's going to need to show better command when he returns in 2025 to have any shot at fantasy relevance in single-season leagues.

    May 9 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Johan Oviedo
  • Jason Delay Making Good Progress

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    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jason Delay (knee) caught pitcher Bailey Falter's bullpen session on Wednesday, the first time he has done that since having knee surgery last month. He didn't have any issues and has also been playing catch up to 120 feet and taking swings off a tee. There are discussions of moving Delay's rehab to the team's Florida complex, which could happen soon. The 29-year-old underwent surgery in the middle of April to fix the meniscus in his right knee. He's making progress, but Delay has a ways to go in his recovery and might not be back with the team as a backup option before the All-Star break. In his one game played in 2024 before his knee injury, Delay went hitless in three at-bats with an RBI and a walk.

    May 9 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Delay
  • Paul Skenes To Make MLB Debut On Saturday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Paul Skenes, the top prospect in all of baseball after going first overall in last year's draft out of LSU, will finally make his major-league debut this Saturday at PNC Park against the visiting Chicago Cubs. The 21-year-old really didn't have anything left to prove at Triple-A Indianapolis after posting a 0.99 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with eight walks and 45 strikeouts in just 27 1/3 innings over seven starts, but the Pirates were intent on getting him properly built up for his eventual promotion to the big leagues. Skenes might not be as dominant right away in the majors for Pittsburgh, but he should at least be immediately serviceable in all fantasy formats because of his strikeout upside. He has been considered the best pitching prospect in baseball since Stephen Strasburg. Pick Skenes up ASAP if he's somehow available on your waiver wire.

    May 8 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Oneil Cruz Out Of The Lineup

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    Shortstop Oneil Cruz is not in the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. The Pirates shortstop will not be in the lineup due to Los Angeles starting left-hander Patrick Sandoval. Cruz, who bats left-handed, has struggled against left-handers this season, as he's slashing .132/.154/.211. With Cruz out of the lineup, Pittsburgh will be starting Alika Williams at shortstop, who will be batting ninth. Williams is slashing .275/.310/.400 this season. Cruz should be back in the lineup on Wednesday with a right-hander pitcher on the mound for the Angels. The shortstop will also be available off the bench as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday.

    May 7 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz Alika Williams
  • Charles McAdoo Showing Power Upside

    Pittsburgh Pirates second base/outfield prospect Charles McAdoo has been showcasing his upside power during the start of the 2024 season. The 22-year-old has launched four home runs across 23 games with a .309/.396/.531 line at High-A. Last season with Single-A, McAdoo hit five long balls in 28 games with a .302/.412/.510 line. In addition, he swiped five bags last season and has already matched that total this season. McAdoo is almost step-for-step with his strong 2023 numbers at a higher level of competition this season. The former 13th-round selection could very well make a case for a promotion to Double-A later this summer, as he has yet to hit any roadblocks in the minor leagues. McAdoo could become a name to monitor in dynasty leagues as he is showing power potential with an excellent batting average.

    May 7 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Charles McAdoo
  • Mitch Keller Comes Alive For Complete-Game Win

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller was sensational in Monday's 4-1 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Angels, tossing nine innings of one-run ball on five hits (one home run) and one walk while striking out five en route to a complete-game win. Other than Zach Neto's solo shot in the sixth inning, Keller kept Anaheim's bats quiet all evening for easily his most impressive start of the 2024 regular season. Entering the day with a rocky 5.18 ERA, Keller improved it to a 4.43 ERA to go with a 1.33 WHIP and 44:16 K:BB over 49 frames (eight starts) for the Pirates this year. The 28-year-old right-hander aims to build on this effort in Sunday's series finale at home versus the Chicago Cubs for his next scheduled start, where he'll be a hit-or-miss fantasy bet. Keller fired eight scoreless innings in one of his two starts against the Cubs last year, but he gave up seven runs in his other appearance versus Chicago.

    May 6 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Mitch Keller
  • Paul Skenes Scheduled To Pitch At Triple-A This Week

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    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton said that top prospect Paul Skenes is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Indianapolis again this week. Skenes actually looked human in his last start with Indy on Sunday, giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out only four in 4 1/3 innings pitched. The 21-year-old No. 1 overall pick last year threw just 66 pitches in the outing, so he definitely needs more time in the minors to get stretched out before the Pirates feel comfortable throwing him into the fire at the MLB level. Despite his subpar outing on Sunday, Skenes' numbers are still dominant. Through seven starts, he has a 0.99 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with only eight walks and 45 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings. Skenes will be brought up to the big leagues sooner than later, and he needs to be rostered in all fantasy formats.

    May 6 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Jared Jones Is Spectacular Saturday Afternoon

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    Pittsburgh Pirates rookie right-hander Jared Jones pitched a gem on Saturday afternoon against the Colorado Rockies. Jones went seven strong innings, adding ten strikeouts, surrendering only one hit and zero walks. Unfortunately, the Pirates bats did not score a run until the bottom of the ninth, giving the win to closer David Bednar instead of Jones. Jones continues to be electric with 62 strikeouts in 48 innings to go with two wins, a 2.63 ERA and a minuscule .78 WHIP. Those who gambled in drafting Jones look prescient at this point as he shows no signs of slowing down.

    May 4 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Jared Jones
  • Yasmani Grandal Making First Start Of Season

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    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Yasmani Grandal is making his first start of the season and will bat in the six-hole against Colorado Rockies southpaw Austin Gomber. Grandal was activated from the injured list on Friday after recovering from plantar fasciitis, a move that also sent Henry Davis down to Triple-A. The 35-year-old catcher posted a .234/.309/.339 stat line with eight long balls last season and should be expected to split duties behind the dish with Joey Bart for the time being. Grandal could emerge as an option in NL-only leagues if he can produce at the plate, especially from a power standpoint. Grandal is worth consideration as a sneaky pay in DFS as Austin Gomber enters Saturday with a hefty 4.50 ERA.

    May 4 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Yasmani Grandal
  • Yasmani Grandal Activated, Henry Davis Sent Down

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates are activating veteran catcher Yasmani Grandal (foot) from the injured list on Friday and have optioned catcher/outfielder Henry Davis to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move, according to manager Derek Shelton. Grandal is returning from plantar fasciitis in his left foot and will platoon with Joey Bart being the plate moving forward. The switch-hitting 35-year-old will be making his 2024 debut when he gets into a game, but he'll start on the bench on Friday with Bart getting the start. Davis, the former first overall pick in 2021 out of Louisville, will head to the farm to work on his swing after hitting a miserable .162 (11-for-68) with no home runs, 11 walks and 29 strikeouts in 83 plate appearances.

    May 3 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Henry Davis Yasmani Grandal
  • Mitch Jebb Has First Career Two-Home Run Game

    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop prospect Mitch Jebb had his best game of the season as he launched two home runs and tallied five RBI in Wednesday's victory. Jebb has now hit a home run in back-to-back performances. Overall, on the season, the number eight ranked prospect in the Pittsburgh system, according to MLB Pipeline, has a .250/.318/.388 line with four swiped bags in his first season at High-A. The former Michigan State Spartan is finally showing his power potential after going through his first professional season at Single-A with only one round-tripper. For now, Jebb should be monitored in dynasty leagues and could emerge as a potential stash if he can reach Double-A this summer.

    May 2 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Mitch Jebb
  • Paul Skenes To Make Another Triple-A Start On Sunday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Paul Skenes, the top prospect in baseball, will make another start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. Skenes, the No. 1 pick in last year's draft, has been knocking on the door for his first big-league promotion for a while, but the Pirates have patiently held off. The 21-year-old made it through six innings (75 pitches) in his sixth start for Indianapolis on Tuesday and didn't allow a run while allowing four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. At this point, he doesn't have much left to prove in the minors, but the Pirates don't want to rush him to the big leagues before he's sufficiently built up. In his six starts for Indy, Skenes has been downright dominant with a 0.39 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP with six walks and 41 K's in 23 innings. His MLB promotion is coming soon, so he needs to be rostered in all fantasy formats.

    May 2 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Nick Gonzales Pushing For A Promotion

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    Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman prospect Nick Gonzales has been doing all he can for Triple-A Indianapolis to earn another promotion to the big league club. The 24-year-old is now batting .374, which is the second-highest batting average in all of Triple-A behind only 33-year-old teammate Jake Lamb, and Gonzales leads the circuit with 12 doubles. Jared Triolo is the Pirates' current second baseman but is batting just .216 on the season and only .152 over his last 14 games (7-for-46 including one double and zero HR). The Pirates just dropped three in a row to the Athletics after scoring three total runs in the three-game series, so if they are looking for offense then they should look no further than Gonzales. The former first-round draft pick hit just .209 during his cup of coffee with the big league club in 2023, but he's shown an improved K% in the minors this season (18.3%) which is another sign he's ready for another shot.

    May 2 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Nick Gonzales
  • Andrew McCutchen, Michael Taylor Not Playing Wednesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Michael Taylor are not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics. With both players out, Bryan Reynolds will serve as the designated hitter and bat second, while Jack Suwinski will cover center field and hit eighth against A's right-hander Ross Stripling. Connor Joe is manning left field and batting third in the order. The veteran McCutchen has gotten off to a slow start in 2024, hitting just .190 (15-for-79) with three home runs, seven RBI and one steal. Taylor has been a bit better with a .253 average (19-for-75), but he has yet to go deep with six RBI and three stolen bases. Reynolds is a daily must-start in season-long fantasy leagues, while Joe is a nice low-cost DFS play with an average just under .300 in his first 89 at-bats in 2024.

    May 1 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen Michael A. Taylor
  • Paul Skenes Strikes Out Seven In Shutout Appearance

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    Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Paul Skenes, the No. 1 pick in last year's MLB Draft, spun another gem during his sixth minor league appearance of the season on April 30. The 21-year-old right-hander tossed six shutout innings, recording seven strikeouts along the way. He surrendered just one walk and four hits. 2024 has certainly treated Skenes well; the former LSU standout has allowed just one earned run through 23 innings of work, dropping his FIP to 0.91. He has also forced plenty of weak contact (52.5 GB%) and hasn't allowed a homer since he was in college. No team ever wants to rush their prospects to the majors, but there may be no better time than the present for Pittsburgh to promote Skenes. He has proven that he can mow down Triple-A batters, so he should get his shot in the majors sooner rather than later.

    May 1 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Pirates Acquire Keiner Delgado From Yankees

    The Yankees have traded infielder Keiner Delgado to the Pirates as the player to be named later in the JT Brubaker trade from last month, per announcements from both clubs. The infielder wasn't on the 40-man roster of the Yankees and therefore won't need to go on the roster of the Pirates. Last month, the...

    Apr 30 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Oneil Cruz Resting On Tuesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (rest) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Oakland Athletics. This appears to be a routine rest day for the left-handed slugger. Cruz is slashing .094/.121/.094 against left-handed pitchers this season, so it makes sense that they'd give him the night off against southpaw Alex Wood. It'll be Alika Williams batting ninth and playing shortstop on Tuesday.

    Apr 30 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • David Bednar Records Fifth Save Saturday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar picked up his fifth save of the season in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Giants. It wasn't without drama though. A day after allowing a walk, two hits, and three earned runs to the Giants, Bednar gave up a two-run home run to Jorge Soler to lead off the bottom of the tenth inning to bring the Giants within a run. The 29-year-old was able to strike out three of the next four batters to preserve the win. This season has not gone at all to plan for the Pirates closer who was an All-Star in 2022 and 2023. Bednar's ERA has swelled to 11.70 with a 1.60 WHIP and three blown save opportunities to go along with his five saves. His job doesn't seem to be in jeopardy at this point, but the Pirates and fantasy managers alike would relish some clean innings going forward.

    Apr 28 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Hits First Home Run Saturday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes went 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Giants. The home run was a solo shot that came off of Giants lefty reliever Taylor Rogers in the tenth inning, right after Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run go-ahead home run to put the Pirates up 3-1. Hayes' blast added an insurance run that would prove pivotal, as the Pirates would go on to win by one run after Jorge Soler hit a two-run shot of his own in the bottom half of the inning to bring the Giants within a run. It was Hayes' second straight multi-hit effort and eleventh in 25 games, now hitting .281 on the season with nine RBI and 12 runs scored. While the 27-year-old is off to a solid start, managers are likely somewhat disappointed in his power output so far and the fact that he has zero stolen bases after totaling 30 over the past two seasons.

    Apr 28 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Bryan Reynolds Hits Go-Ahead Home Run In Win

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    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds blasted an extra-inning go-ahead two-run home run in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Giants. The switch-hitter went 2-for-5 in the game with the home run breaking a 1-1 tie in the top of the tenth inning. The home run came off of the Giants' LHP Taylor Rogers and was the first home run of the year that Reynolds has hit off of a lefty with his other three coming off righties. The 29-year-old is having a solid season thus far, posting a .264/.372/.418 slash line with four home runs, 17 RBI, 11 runs scored, two stolen bases, and a strong 14.7% BB% through 28 games.

    Apr 28 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Bryan Reynolds
  • Paul Skenes Allows First Run

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    Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Paul Skenes proved he was human on Wednesday when he gave up his first run of the season. Last year's first overall tossed 4 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and struck out seven. Skenes, 21, continues to be as advertised and now have a 0.53 ERA with 34 strikeouts in just 17 innings. The right-hander is one of the top prospects in the game and doesn't have much left to prove, but the Pirates are going to be extra cautious with their future ace before taking the training wheels off and promoting him to the big-league. Skenes is worth stashing ahead of time in most leagues.

    Apr 25 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Andrew McCutchen Retreats To The Bench Wednesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Milwaukee Brewers and right-hander Bryse Wilson. The veteran homered as part of a two-hit effort on Tuesday but will give way to Connor Joe to leadoff and man left field on Wednesday. Interestingly, McCutchen's splits lean heavily towards righties so far this season as he's hitting .295 with all three of his homers coming off of southpaws while he is just 1-for-16 (.063) with three walks in 20 plate appearances against lefties. He is seeing semi-regular playing time this season, appearing in 16 of the team's 24 games but isn't doing a ton for fantasy managers with a .233 average and 30.9% K% on the young season.

    Apr 24 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen
  • D-backs Claim Joe Jacques From Red Sox, Acquire Sergio Alcantara From Pirates

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    The Diamondbacks announced a pair of acquisitions Tuesday: left-hander Joe Jacques was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox, while infielder Sergio Alcantara was acquired from the Pirates in exchange for cash. Both players are headed to Triple-A Reno. Jacques is on the 40-man roster, but Alcantara -- who'd signed a minor league deal with...

    Apr 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Pittsburgh Pirates Boston Red Sox Sergio Alcantara Joe Jacques
  • Joey Bart Starting At Catcher For Pirates

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    Joey Bart will be starting at catcher and batting eighth for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates acquired Bart from the San Francisco Giants on April 2 and with Pittsburgh, the catcher is slashing .313/.450/.750. Bart last played on April 21 when he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the Boston Red Sox. Bart will be catching left-handed pitcher Bailey Falter who's starting for the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Apr 23 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Joey Bart
  • Termarr Johnson Struggling Early On

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    Pittsburgh Pirates second base prospect Termarr Johnson has been off to a slow start over his first 14 games for High-A Greensboro. Johnson, 19, is coming off a strong season between Single-A and High-A in 2023 that saw him hit a combined .244 with 18 homers, 59 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 105 games. So far in 2024, Johnson has struggled to the tune of a .205 batting average with no homers, seven RBI and two stolen bases. Johnson has a keen eye at the plate and follows that up with plenty of power potential. Although second baseman aren't the biggest power hitters, Johnson can be special offensively and should be held onto in dynasty leagues, even though he may be a few seasons away from contributing at the big-league level.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Termarr Johnson
  • David Bednar Earns Third Save Of Season Monday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar picked up his third save of the season in Monday's 4-2 win over the Brewers. Bednar came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by two. He got the first out on a flyout, allowed a single, and got the final two outs on another flyout and a strikeout. The 29-year-old has now only converted half of his save opportunities with a 10.13 ERA, but his strikeout numbers have been solid with a 12.38 K/9 rate. Fantasy managers shouldn't panic this early in the season given Bednar's track record over the past couple of seasons.

    Apr 23 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Jared Jones Earns Win, Quality Start Monday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jared Jones turned in another strong start in Monday's 4-2 win over the Brewers. Jones pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits (including a solo home run) and two walks with seven strikeouts, one of which was true highlight material. The 22-year-old rookie has been excellent to start the season, going 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA, a 12.10 K/9 rate, and a 1.24 BB/9 rate in five starts and 29 IP. He should have a chance to turn in another solid outing in his next scheduled start at the Giants.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Jared Jones
  • Quinn Priester Making Another Start Wednesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Quinn Priester will get another start on Wednesday to face the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Priester will get another shot at it for Pittsburgh despite allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits (three home runs) with one walk in 4 1/3 innings in his season debut last Friday against the Boston Red Sox. The 23-year-old is going to need to do better this week against a tough Brewers lineup if he wants any chance of remaining in the Pirates' rotation moving forward. The former 18th overall pick in 2019 out of high school just hasn't been very good so far in the big leagues, dating back to his debut in 2023, as he's gone 3-4 with a 7.79 ERA and 1.71 WHIP with 28 walks and 38 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings over 11 outings (nine starts).

    Apr 22 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Quinn Priester
  • Mitch Keller Looking To Keep Rolling Saturday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller will look to keep up the good work in a Saturday outing versus the visiting Boston Red Sox. After allowing four earned runs in each of his first two starts of the season, the 28-year-old has allowed just two earned runs in each of his last two starts and 13 innings of work. He has 13 strikeouts against just four walks in that time and did not walk a batter across seven innings his last time out. Fantasy managers should certainly be encouraged by his start to the season, even if his 19.8% K% leaves something to be desired as he posted a 25.5% K% last season alongside a healthy 18.8% K-BB%. He should see continued positive ERA regression moving forward as his 3.87 xFIP and 4.09 SIERA sit well below his 4.50 ERA on the young season.

    Apr 20 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Mitch Keller
  • Oneil Cruz Slides Into Eight-Hole Saturday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz has been slipped down to the eight-hole for Saturday's contest against the Boston Red Sox and right-hander Kutter Crawford. The 25-year-old has hit out of the seven spot on occasion this season, but the eight-hole is the lowest spot in the order he has started at so far while he has largely served as the team's leadoff hitter. However, he's off to a sluggish start at the plate, hitting .222 with three homers, one stolen base, and a .605 OPS across his first 85 trips to the plate on the young season. Even with a massive 40% strikeout rate against only a 4.7% walk rate, fantasy managers should continue to exercise patience, as Cruz ranks in the 88th percentile in average exit velocity and the 89th percentile in hard-hit rate to this point in the season.

    Apr 20 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Pirates’ Jason Delay Undergoes Knee Surgery

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    Pirates catcher Jason Delay underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee, the team informed reporters (via the MLB.com injury tracker). It'll be six weeks before he's cleared to return to baseball activities. He'll surely need to embark on a minor league rehab stint once he's ready for game action. Delay only made one...

    Apr 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Delay
  • Aroldis Chapman's Suspension Reduced To One Game

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    Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman's suspension has been reduced to one game after he settled with the league. Chapman will serve his one-game suspension on Friday night against the Boston Red Sox and won't be available out of the bullpen. The league suspended the 36-year-old southpaw for getting into a confrontation with an umpire during Monday's game against the New York Mets. The Cuban hurler does have a save on the season but has also allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits while walking six and striking out 11 in 5 2/3 innings pitched so far in 2024. The seven-time All-Star isn't Pittsburgh's primary closer but he can still be useful for his strikeout numbers and holds in deeper fantasy leagues.

    Apr 19 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates Aroldis Chapman
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Recovered From Back Injury

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    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (back) has returned from his back injury and is playing third base while hitting third on Friday in the series opener against the Boston Red Sox and right-hander Brayan Bello. Hayes is back in the lineup after missing the last two games with lower-back tightness. It obviously wasn't a serious issue for the 27-year-old, who will now look to get on track at the plate after an off day on Thursday. Hayes has hit .277 (18-for-65) in the early going but has yet to clear the fences and went 3-for-17 with five walks and six strikeouts in the previous five games before his back injury. Hayes has never faced Bello in his career.

    Apr 19 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Paul Skenes Lights Out Again In Latest Triple-A Outing

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    Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Paul Skenes was electric on Thursday, dominating minor-league hitters for Triple-A Indianapolis. Skenes pitched 3 innings of shutout ball, allowing just a hit and two walks while striking out a whopping eight. He also built up to 65 pitches in this one. The Pirates said earlier in the day that Skenes will need more seasoning in the minors before he is called up, but it's going to be really tough to keep him down there if he keeps pitching like he has been. He needs to be rostered in all leagues at this point, as his call-up feels like an inevitability.

    Apr 19 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Aroldis Chapman Tagged With Two-Game Suspension

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    Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Aroldis Chapman was hit with a two-game suspension and fine for his actions during Monday's game against the New York Mets. The veteran fireballer got into an altercation with one of the umpires and was ejected from the game in the eighth inning. Chapman is permitted to appeal the suspension, but there is no word yet whether he will. The 36-year-old has pitched well in a set-up role this season, although he was tagged with the loss on Monday after giving up three runs. He is worth rostering in any leagues that track holds as a scoring category as he has five holds and one save through nine appearances in 2024.

    Apr 18 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates Aroldis Chapman
  • Quinn Priester Expected To Start Against Boston On Friday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Quinn Priester is expected to be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to make his first major-league start of the year on Friday against the Boston Red Sox, according to a source. The former 18th overall pick in 2019 out of high school struggled in his big-league debut last year by going 3-3 with a 7.74 ERA (6.74 FIP) and 1.70 WHIP with 27 walks and 36 strikeouts in 50 innings over 10 appearances (eight starts) for the Bucs. However, the 23-year-old was looking better with a 3.95 ERA, five walks and 20 K's in 13 2/3 innings in his first three starts for Indy this year. Priester could stick in Pittsburgh's starting rotation until left-hander Marco Gonzales (forearm) is able to return, but at best, he'll be a shaky streaming option in deeper fantasy leagues.

    Apr 18 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Quinn Priester
  • Paul Skenes Needs More Time At Triple-A

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have a hole in their starting rotation with lefty Marco Gonzales (forearm) on the injured list, but MLB Pipeline's No. 3 prospect, right-hander Paul Skenes, isn't getting called up because he needs to continue to build up for his first full professional season. Skenes has yet to allow a run with Triple-A Indianapolis through his first three outings, striking out 19 with just six baserunners allowed over 9 1/3 innings. However, he was capped at just three innings in his first two outings and has had his pitch count purposefully limited early on. "We don't want to go from zero to 100 right away. Paul's so important to us long term, so we want to be really thoughtful about that," general manager Ben Cherington said. The 21-year-old will almost certainly be with Pittsburgh this year, but fantasy managers in all formats are going to need to be patient.

    Apr 18 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Yasmani Grandal To Start Rehab Assignment On Wednesday

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that catcher Yasmani Grandal (foot) will start a minor-league rehab assignment on Wednesday night with Triple-A Indianapolis. Grandal has been out since spring training with plantar fasciitis in his left foot but is getting close to being able to make his 2024 debut with the Bucs. When the 35-year-old does join the Pirates in the big leagues, he'll split time behind the dish with the struggling Henry Davis, who is currently hitting just .180 (9-for-50) with no home runs and four RBI in his first full major-league season. Grandal can provide some occasional pop as a switch-hitting backstop, but he's no longer a must-roster player in single-catcher leagues, especially since he won't be playing regularly.

    Apr 17 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Yasmani Grandal
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Out Again Wednesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (back) is out of the starting lineup for the second straight day on Wednesday against the New York Mets. Hayes was scratched from Tuesday's contest due to some lower-back tightness and will now sit a second game this week. The 27-year-old missed some time with a back injury last year as well, so the Pirates are probably being extra cautious so that he can avoid another trip to the injured list. For now, fantasy managers should consider him as day-to-day. With an off day on Thursday, perhaps Hayes will be able to return to action for the start of a series on Friday against the visiting Boston Red Sox. Jared Triolo is starting at third and batting eighth on Wednesday against Mets right-hander Luis Severino.

    Apr 17 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Jared Jones Fans Seven In No-Decision Tuesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jared Jones turned in another strong start in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Mets. Jones pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks with seven strikeouts. The 22-year-old rookie has been stellar through his first four big-league starts, compiling a 3.13 ERA and 12.52 K/9 rate with just two walks in 23 IP. He will look to keep his hot streak going in his next scheduled start against the Red Sox.

    Apr 17 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Jared Jones
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Scratched On Tuesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (undisclosed) has been scratched from the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the New York Mets. The organization has not given a reason as to why Hayes was pulled ahead of the game. Jared Triolo will be taking over third base and bat third for Tuesday's game. Fantasy managers should get an update on Hayes status shortly.

    Apr 16 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Oneil Cruz Resting Against Mets

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz is getting the day off on Tuesday against the New York Mets. In his absence, Alika Williams will get the nod at shortstop and will hit in the nine-hole against Mets veteran left-hander Jose Quintana. Cruz will get a little breather against the left-handed hurler after going hitless in his last nine at-bats with seven strikeouts in the last two contests. The 25-year-old Dominican is now hitting .232 (16-for-69) on the year with three home runs, six RBI, one steal and eight runs scored in his first 17 games of 2024. Williams, 25, lacks power and will be a low-upside deep sleeper pick for DFS lineups on Tuesday night. He's hit just .212 (25-for-118) with no homers and eight RBI in 51 MLB games to date going back to last season.

    Apr 16 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Pirates Place Marco Gonzales On 15-Day Injured List

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    The Pirates announced this morning that they've placed left-hander Marco Gonzales on the 15-day injured list with a forearm strain. Right-hander Ryder Ryan was recalled in the corresponding move. It's an unfortunate turn of events for Pittsburgh, as the club has gotten off to a hot start this season with a 10-5 record that puts...

    Apr 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Marco Gonzales Ryder Ryan
  • Marco Gonzales Lands On Injured List

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Marco Gonzales (forearm) has been placed on the 15-day injured list on Sunday. The left-hander appears to have picked up the injury during Saturday's outing against the Philadelphia Phillies. Gonzales looked strong throwing six innings and allowing only two runs. Sadly, it appears the Pirates are going to be without Gonzales until some point in May. In a corresponding move, right-hander Ryder Ryan has been recalled from Triple-A. However, Ryan was pitching out of the bullpen, so the Pirates will need to make a move to get another starter at some point next week.

    Apr 14 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Marco Gonzales
  • Andrew McCutchen Not In Saturday's Lineup

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    Pittsburgh Pirates designated hitter Andrew McCutchen will be on the bench Saturday as the Pirates continue a four-game set against the Phillies. The 37-year-old has a tough start to the season as he holds a .161/.316/.226 line with no home runs and only two RBI. Edward Olivares will instead be in the designated hitter spot and bat in the five-hole as he takes on Spencer Turnbull. Olivares has been swinging a hot bat over the first two weeks, hitting for a .314 AVG and .600 SLG with seven RBI and three home runs. Olivares is worth consideration in DFS, but he does have a difficult matchup with Spencer Turnbull, who has yet to allow an earned run and has a minuscule 0.55 WHIP.

    Apr 13 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen
  • David Bednar Records Second Save Friday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar locked down the ninth inning for his second save of the season on Friday in a 5-2 win over the Phillies. After blowing three save opportunities already in the early going, manager Derek Shelton stayed true to his word that Bednar would still be the one he'd call on if a save opportunity arose in Philadelphia, and Bednar answered the call by pitching a clean inning. The 29-year-old didn't allow a hit or a walk and struck out one in the appearance. Hopefully the righty is back on track now. The Pirates (10-4) are a surprisingly competitive team thus far so they'll need Bednar to lock down more games for them. He did so last season for them 39 times to the tune of a 2.00 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a 21.3% K-BB%. So far in 2024, he holds a 10.13 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 23.1% K-BB%.

    Apr 13 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Paul Skenes Continues To Dominate Triple-A

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    Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Paul Skenes continued his dominance in Triple-A on Friday, throwing three shutout innings with three hits, one free pass, and eight strikeouts. The number three overall prospect is yet to surrender a run this season and has a minuscule 0.64 WHIP across nine and innings, with a total of 19 punchouts. Skenes, often touted as the best pitching prospect in baseball, is on the verge of making his major league debut, showcasing his elite fantasy ceiling with his dominant swing-and-miss potential. Already rostered in all dynasty and keeper formats, Skenes is a player worth checking your waiver wire for in shallower re-draft formats, as he will be a valuable player down the stretch.

    Apr 13 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Jared Jones Fans Eight More In Quality Start

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jared Jones logged a quality start on Thursday, taking the loss in the 5-1 defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies after giving up three runs on six hits and striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings. Jones put together another great performance overall, with an Alec Bohm solo home run in the fourth inning and a Brandon Marsh two-run homer serving as the brunt of the damage to his line. The hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander is exhibiting plenty of strikeout upside for fantasy managers thus far, fanning 25 over the first 18 major-league innings of his career to go with a 4.00 ERA and an outstanding 0.94 WHIP. If he cuts down on the loud contact (four HRs through three starts), Jones could keep his rotation spot when the Bucs inevitably call up 2023 No. 1 overall pick Paul Skenes later this year. On Tuesday, he's slated to face a New York Mets offense that's suddenly awakening from their early-season swoon.

    Apr 11 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Jared Jones
  • David Bednar In Line For Save Chance On Thursday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton said on 93.7 The Fan that right-hander David Bednar would still be the closer if a save situation arises on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies in the series opener. After missing some time in spring training due to a lat injury, Bednar hasn't looked like himself in the early going in 2024 and has already blown three saves while giving up six earned runs on six hits (one home run) while walking one and fanning six in 4 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old two-time All-Star's command just isn't where he needs it to be right now, but it's good news for his fantasy managers that Shelton isn't panicking just yet. The fact that Bednar has been one of the best closers in baseball the last couple years has bought him a longer leash, but if his struggles continue, lefty Aroldis Chapman could start seeing some save chances.

    Apr 11 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Martin Perez's Gem Spoiled By Bullpen

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Martin Perez twirled eight innings of one-run ball on six hits and no walks in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers, striking out seven hitters en route to a tough-luck no-decision. It looked like Perez was well on his way to earning a win on Tuesday, but closer David Bednar couldn't shut the door in the ninth innings after Perez threw 100 pitches. While the 33-year-old crafty lefty isn't known for having dominant stuff, he's quietly off to a fast start during his first year in Pittsburgh, garnering a 1.89 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 15 strikeouts through 19 innings to begin the season. Next up for Perez is a scheduled start against the struggling New York Mets on Monday, when he'll be worth considering as a fantasy streamer. In three appearances against the Mets since 2022, Prez is 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA and seven K's across 11 2/3 innings.

    Apr 9 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Martin Perez
  • Edward Olivares Goes Yard Twice

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    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Edward Olivares went yard twice in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers, belting his first home runs since Opening Day. Olivares first took Tigers right-hander Casey Mize deep to left center in the second inning to tie the game at one run apiece, later tagging lefty Tyler Holton for another big fly to deep left center during the sixth frame for what was thought to be an insurance run before closer David Bednar blew the save. The Pirates acquired the 28-year-old Venezuelan right fielder this past offseason as outfield depth and a bench bat against left-handed pitching, but he's pushing for more playing time courtesy of .321 batting average (9-for-28) and 1.046 OPS with three long balls, seven RBI, and seven runs scored over his first 12 games. Olivares is worth consideration for fantasy managers in NL-only or deep mixed leagues to see if he can carve out a more consistent role in Pittsburgh.

    Apr 9 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Edward Olivares
  • David Bednar Implodes In Tuesday's Loss

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar blew Tuesday's save in the 5-3 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers, imploding for four runs on three hits and one walk while recording only one out. Summoned in the ninth inning to protect a 3-1 lead, Bednar spoiled a gem by starter Martin Perez after allowing a leadoff walk to Riley Greene, three RBI singles, and a hit by pitch before Roansy Contreras took over to retire the next two batters. After taking the loss, Bednar's ERA ballooned to 12.46 to go with a 1.62 WHIP over his 4 1/3 innings of work this year. The 29-year-old All-Star right-hander should have a considerable leash as Pittsburgh's closer after leading the National League with 39 saves a year ago, but it can't help his cause that setup man Aroldis Chapman has rattled off 4 1/3 scoreless frames with eight strikeouts to begin the campaign. It wouldn't hurt fantasy managers to see if Chapman is available on waiver wires.

    Apr 9 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Yasmani Grandal, Endy Rodriguez Making Progress

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    Pittsburgh Pirates catchers Yasmani Grandal (foot) and Endy Rodriguez (elbow) are making progress from their respective injuries, while catcher Jason Delay (knee) has been shut down from all baseball activities. Grandal is going to do some baserunning in the coming days and has been participating in simulated games. Rodriguez should start a swinging progression from the left side of the plate next week. The veteran Grandal is working his way back from plantar fasciitis in his left foot but appears to be close to a rehab assignment. When the 35-year-old is ready, he'll split catching duties in Pittsburgh with Henry Davis. Rodriguez, 23, is the team's backstop of the future, but he'll be out until the 2025 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

    Apr 9 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Yasmani Grandal Endy Rodriguez
  • Oneil Cruz Sitting Out Tuesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz is getting a breather on Tuesday as the team takes on the visiting Detroit Tigers. With Cruz starting on the bench, Alika Williams will man shortstop for the Bucs and bat ninth in the order against Tigers right-hander Casey Mize, with infielder Jared Triolo in the leadoff spot. This will be the 25-year-old Cruz's second day off of the 2024 season. Cruz is a must-start fantasy asset anytime he's in the lineup, and he's off to a good start this year after missing most of last year due to an ankle injury. In his first 11 games, Cruz is batting .304 (14-for-46) with two home runs, a double, four RBI, a stolen base and seven runs scored in 49 plate appearances. Triolo will be worth a look as a low-cost DFS sleeper in the leadoff spot with Cruz out on Tuesday.

    Apr 9 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Henry Davis, Michael Taylor Sitting On Monday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher/outfielder Henry Davis and outfielder Michael Taylor will start on the bench on Monday for the series opener against the visiting Detroit Tigers. Joey Bart will do the catching for the Bucs and will hit ninth, while Jack Suwinski is in center field and batting cleanup against Tigers right-hander Reese Olson. This will be Bart's second start in the last three games, and he could see more time behind the plate with Davis starting off his second MLB season just 4-for-30 at the plate. It helps Bart's cause that both Yasmani Grandal (foot) and Jason Delay (knee) are currently on the injured list. This will be Taylor's third straight game starting on the bench. Suwinski is just 6-for-34 (.176) in the early going but will have elevated DFS sleeper appeal in the cleanup spot on Monday.

    Apr 8 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Henry Davis Michael A. Taylor
  • Henry Davis Goes Hitless Again Sunday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher/outfielder Henry Davis went 0-for-2 with an RBI sacrifice fly and a strikeout out of the nine-hole in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles and is now hitless in his last five games to fall to 4-for-30 (.133) with no home runs, two RBI, four runs scored and 11 strikeouts in 37 plate appearances over the first nine games of his sophomore season. It's not the start that the 24-year-old or fantasy managers were hoping for from the former first overall pick in 2021 out of Louisville, but the good news is that Davis is going to continue playing regularly with both Yasmani Grandal (foot) and Jason Delay (knee) injured. Through his first 71 MLB games, though, Davis has hit only .204/.295/.333 with seven homers and 26 RBI in 292 trips to the plate.

    Apr 8 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Henry Davis
  • Royals Acquire Colin Selby From Pirates

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    The Royals have acquired right-hander Colin Selby from the Pirates in exchange for minor league left-hander Connor Oliver.  Both teams have announced the trade, and Kansas City further noted that left-hander Josh Taylor has been shifted to the 60-day injured list to create space for Selby on the 40-man roster. Pittsburgh designated Selby for assignment...

    Apr 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Pittsburgh Pirates Colin Selby Josh Taylor
  • Pirates place LHP Borucki (triceps) on 15-day IL

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    The Pirates placed left-hander Ryan Borucki on the 15-day injured list Sunday because of left triceps inflammation.

    Apr 7 · ESPN Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Borucki
  • Henry Davis, Ke'Bryan Hayes Out Of Saturday's Lineup

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    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher/outfielder Henry Davis and third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes are out of the lineup Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. For Davis, this is a typical day off for the catcher to regroup, as he has gone 0-for-12 with six strikeouts in the last three games. Joey Bart replaces Davis behind the plate and is batting eighth in Saturday's game. Hayes will get his first breather of the year, as he has started every game for the Pirates thus far while swinging a hot bat, going 11-for-34 in his first eight games. Jared Triolo will handle third base duties while Hayes is rested. Expect Davis and Hayes to be in Pittsburgh's lineup on Sunday in the series finale against the Orioles.

    Apr 6 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Joey Bart Henry Davis Ke'Bryan Hayes Jared Triolo
  • Oneil Cruz Stays Hot With Long Ball

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz launched his second home run of the season in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, adding two singles in the defeat. Cruz's long ball was a 395-foot missile to deep right center to get Pittsburgh on the board in the fifth inning. Now slashing .344/.382/.531 with two homers and three RBI over 32 at-bats this year, the towering 25-year-old infielder continues to flash the intrigue that makes him such an exciting fantasy prospect. Cruz slashed .261/.333/.739 with seven big flies and 14 RBI during 46 spring training ABs, and that momentum appears to be carrying over into the regular season. The lefty-hitting Cruz gets two more right-handers on Saturday and Sunday in this series with the O's, hitting a stratospheric .429 (9-for-21) and with both of his bombs coming against righties this season.

    Apr 6 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Bryan Reynolds Gets On Base Four Times Thursday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds had himself a great day at the dish on Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks in a 7-4 victory over the Washington Nationals. Reynolds added a double, an RBI, and a run to round out his batting line. The 29-year-old is off to a great start to 2024 with a .323/.447/.548 triple slash line to go along with a homer, three runs scored, and nine RBI. Reynolds should continue to be a solid all-around contributor to fantasy lineups this season.

    Apr 5 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Bryan Reynolds
  • David Bednar Nabs First Save Of Season

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar threw a perfect ninth inning in a 7-4 win over the Washington Nationals to secure his first save of the season. Bednar had his stuff working in this one, striking out a pair while not allowing a baserunner. Although the Pirates are 6-1 so far, Bednar has only had two save opportunities and he blew his other one, so it was nice to see him convert here. If the Pirates continue to play well, Bednar could come close to his whopping 39-save season from last year. He is an elite option in fantasy.

    Apr 5 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Nick Gonzales Has Strong First Week

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    Pirates second baseman Nick Gonzales has gotten off to a fast start at Triple-A Indianapolis. Gonzales is sporting an OPS of 1.043 with a homer and two doubles for the year. The former first-rounder has been on prospect lists for years, and 2024 appears to be a pivotal year for the infielder. Pittsburgh has a lot of young talent, and the former New Mexico State Aggie will aim to make a push to rejoin the Pirates this summer. Fantasy managers should monitor Gonzales, and if his hot start continues, he could provide depth at a relatively thin position.

    Apr 4 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Nick Gonzales
  • Andrew McCutchen Resting On Thursday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder/designated hitter Andrew McCutchen is taking the day off on Thursday against the Washington Nationals. With McCutchen getting a breather, outfielder Connor Joe will serve as the team's DH on Thursday and bat fifth, with Jack Suwinski getting the start in left field and hitting cleanup against Nationals right-hander Josiah Gray. Suwinski is hitting .333 in his career in just six at-bats against Gray with a solo home runs, so he could be a sneaky low-cost DFS play as he draws into Pittsburgh's lineup. Joe is hitless in his six career at-bats versus Gray. The 37-year-old McCutchen is off to a slow start this year after a nice bounce-back performance in 2023 in his return to the Bucs. He's currently 3-for-16 (.188) with two RBI and nine strikeouts in 21 plate appearances over his first four games.

    Apr 4 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen
  • Yasmani Grandal's Return Is Not Imminent

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    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton said on Tuesday that catcher Yasmani Grandal (foot) is "still a ways away" from returning. Grandal was held to two spring training games before being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his foot and is just beginning his running progression, per Shelton. The 35-year-old switch-hitting backstop signed a one-year deal with the Bucs this past offseason to serve as catching depth and a veteran presence, but he won't be on any fantasy radars any time soon. His All-Star days likely well behind him, Grandal slashed a poor .234/.309/.339 with eight home runs, 14 doubles, and 33 RBI through 405 plate appearances for the Chicago White Sox in 2023. With Jason Delay (knee) and Endy Rodriguez (elbow) also out of action, Pittsburgh will rely on former No. 1 overall pick Henry Davis and the newly-acquired Joey Bart for playing time behind the dish for the time being.

    Apr 3 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Yasmani Grandal
  • Padres Acquire Jackson Wolf From Pirates

    The Padres have acquired left-hander Jackson Wolf from the Pirates, per announcements from both clubs, with minor league infielder Kervin Pichardo going the other way. Wolf had been designated for assignment by the Pirates last week and has now been optioned to Triple-A El Paso. The Friars had an open spot on their roster and...

    Apr 2 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Pittsburgh Pirates Jackson Wolf
  • Joey Bart Traded To Pirates

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates are acquiring catcher Joey Bart from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for right-hander Austin Strickland. San Francisco designated Bart for assignment on Sunday, but they've found a suitor for the backstop's services before he hits waivers. The 2018 No. 2 overall pick was once perceived by the Giants organization as the successor to potential future Hall of Famer Buster Posey, but he slashed a mere .219/.288/.335 with 11 home runs, 38 RBI, 59 runs scored, and two stolen bases in 503 career plate appearances. The 27-year-old former top prospect will look for a fresh start with the Bucs and battle for playing time behind the dish with Henry Davis, who was Pittsburgh's No. 3 prospect for 2023, per MLB Pipeline. Although he'll have a chance to carve out a part-time role, Bart is not worth adding in redraft fantasy leagues at the moment.

    Apr 2 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates San Francisco Giants Joey Bart Henry Davis
  • Quinn Priester Strikes Out Nine In Opener

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Quinn Priester no longer has true prospect eligibility by MLB's standards, but he should be viewed as one given that he is 23 years old, still in Triple-A, and has 10 big league appearances under his belt. The right-hander gets good velocity behind his mid-90s heater and misses plenty of bats with his curveball. Priester appeared in the big league portion of Spring Training but reverted to the Triple-A roster for Opening Day. In his first outing of the campaign, he lasted 5.2 innings, allowing just one run, one hit, and one walk while striking out nine batters. He figures to be a long-term contributor for Pittsburgh.

    Apr 2 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Quinn Priester
  • Aroldis Chapman Earns One-Out Save Monday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman earned his first save of the season in Monday's 8-4 win over the Nationals. The 36-year-old entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning up by four with two outs and runners on first and second and ended things with a fly-out. This was not a typical save situation, which may explain why Chapman was called upon instead of David Bednar. Chapman has looked solid this season, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. He may get some save opportunities throughout the season but is likely only going to be a source of strong ratios for now.

    Apr 2 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates Aroldis Chapman
  • Quinn Priester Excels In First Start

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitching prospect Quinn Priester performed well in his first start of the season for Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. The right-hander went 5 2/3 innings and allowed one hit, one run, one walk and struck out nine on the evening. Priester missed a spot in the big-league rotation, but remains one of their best pitching prospects behind Paul Skenes. Priester struggled in his brief time in the big leagues this past season, but some more seasoning in Triple-A may be just what the young right-hander needs. Even though Paul Skenes is the hot name amongst Pirates prospects, Priester might have the upper hand on a promotion, should the idea present itself early in the season.

    Apr 1 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Quinn Priester Paul Skenes
  • Paul Skenes On Fast Track To Big Leagues

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitching prospect Paul Skenes should be considered a fast riser after his dominant season debut on Saturday for Triple-A Indianapolis. It was a strong performance for last year's first overall pick that saw him strikeout five in three innings with no hits or walks allowed. The LSU product had a strong spring and would arguably be in the big leagues if the Pirates planned to be competitive in 2024. With the Pirates in a rebuild and unlikely to compete much this season, the club will make sure to be extra cautious about promoting their future ace. Skenes will be a must-roster if/when he is promoted this season, but managers should also be aware that he will likely be on an innings count. Regardless he is arguably the best pitcher in the minor leagues and has all the makings of an ace moving forward in his career.

    Apr 1 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Paul Skenes
  • Jared Triolo Out Due To Sore Knee

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    Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jared Triolo (knee) said he woke up on Monday feeling "a lot better" after fouling a ball off his knee on Sunday, but he's out of the lineup against the Washington Nationals as a precaution. Triolo ended up staying in the 9-7 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday, so his injury isn't anything serious and shouldn't land him on the injured list. With an off day coming on Tuesday, the 26-year-old could be back in action as soon as Wednesday versus the Nationals. Alika Williams will get the start at second base on Monday and is hitting ninth against Nationals left-hander MacKenzie Gore. In the first four games of the year, Triolo has gone 5-for-17 (.294) with two RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored in 20 plate appearances.

    Apr 1 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Jared Triolo
  • Oneil Cruz Hitting Near Bottom Of The Lineup Again

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz is starting at shortstop and is hitting seventh in the batting order on Monday against the Washington Nationals and left-hander MacKenzie Gore. Cruz got a day off on Sunday and hasn't hit higher than sixth in the team's batting order so far in 2024, which isn't what fantasy managers want to see. In the early going, Cruz has gone 5-for-16 with a home run and two RBI. While he remains one of the most impressive young shortstops in the game, his fantasy value will be limited by a lack of RBI opportunities if he continues to hit near the bottom of Pittsburgh's batting order all year long. Now that he's back in the lineup for the start of the series against Washington, fantasy managers in single-year leagues need to get him back in their lineups.

    Apr 1 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Jack Suwinski Sitting On Monday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jack Suwinski is on the bench to start Monday's contest against the Washington Nationals. It's been a tough start to the season for the lefty-swinging outfielder, but not from a performance standpoint but rather a playing time standpoint as the Pirates have faced a wealth of left-handed starters to begin the season and will do so again on Monday in the form of MacKenzie Gore. The 25-year-old started just two of the four games against the Marlins over the weekend, although he has still racked up 15 plate appearances thanks to pinch-hitting opportunities. He is 2-for-14 (.143) with a walk to begin the season but still offers a nice combination of power and speed coming off a 26-homer, 13-steal season in the 2023 campaign.

    Apr 1 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Jack Suwinski
  • David Bednar Blows Save, Hunter Stratton Locks It Down In Extras

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar wasn't able to hold back the Miami Marlins on Sunday, blowing the save in what turned out to be a 9-7 victory. Bednar was tasked with holding onto a one-run lead, but gave up a one-out solo homer to Nick Gordon. That was the only baserunner he allowed in his inning of work, and he also struck out a pair, so it wasn't all bad for the 29-year-old. Hunter Stratton picked up the save an inning later, but the job should still belong to Bednar, who was stellar in the role last year.

    Apr 1 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar Hunter Stratton
  • Pirates Outright Canaan Smith-Njigba; Ali Sanchez Elects Free Agency

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    8:54AM: Sanchez chose to reject the outright assignment and become a free agent, as per his personal MLB.com profile page. 8:28AM: The Pirates have outrighted outfielder Canaan Smith-Njigba and catcher Ali Sánchez to Triple-A Indianapolis, according to the team's official transactions feed.  The two players were designated for assignment on Opening Day but have now...

    Mar 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Ali Sanchez Canaan Smith-Njigba
  • Roansy Contreras Activated From Paternity List

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-hander Roansy Contreras from the paternity list on Sunday and optioned left-hander Jose Hernandez to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. Contreras was placed on the league's paternity list on Opening Day on Thursday but will now rejoin the club to make his MLB debut the next time he appears in a game. Hernandez surprisingly picked up his first career save on Thursday against the Marlins when regular closer David Bednar (lat) was unavailable for the save opportunity. Fantasy managers in deeper leagues that picked up Hernandez after the Opening Day save can now safely dump him for another reliever. Contreras went 3-7 last year for Pittsburgh with a career-worst 6.59 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, his first career save, 32 walks and 55 strikeouts in 19 outings (11 starts).

    Mar 31 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Roansy Contreras
  • Oneil Cruz, Henry Davis Sitting For Pirates

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz and catcher/outfielder Henry Davis will start on the bench for Sunday's series finale versus the Miami Marlins. Alika Williams is playing the 6 and batting eighth, while Jason Delay will do the catching for Pittsburgh while hitting in the nine-hole. Neither Williams nor Delay will be particularly attractive DFS sleepers on Sunday against Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers. Cruz went 5-for-14 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in the first three games of the season before getting his first day off. The 25-year-old missed most of last year due to a fractured ankle but is one of the bright young ascending talents in the game at the shortstop position. Davis started behind the dish for the Bucs for each of their first three games, going 2-for-12 with a run scored and three walks.

    Mar 31 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz Henry Davis
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