Down on the Farm Vol. 4: Pittsburgh Pirates – April 22 – April 28, 2013

By Andy Burdick

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Monday, April 22, 2013: Jupiter @ Bradenton (High-A) – Kingham threw 5 innings against Jupiter and walked none.  He surrendered 6 runs and struck out 6.  He threw 83 pitches and 57 of them were for strikes in his first win of the year for the Marauders. Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #12: Down the Rabbit Hole

Prepare to take a magical journey into defensive metrics this week as the Tri-State gang is joined by none other than Ben Jedlovec.  Ben is the Vice-President of Baseball Info Solutions, the co-author of the Fielding Bible Volume III, an ESPN and MLB contributor, and all around great guy.  Part 1 of a two-part interview starts around the 40:00 minute mark. As if that’s not enough, Dr. Garrett covers all the injury news, plus Bruce Rondon’s MLB-debut, the Indians roller coaster season thus far and a hot streak that is at least 30 degrees warmer than the temperature in Pittsburgh.

Down on the Farm Vol. 3: Pittsburgh Pirates – April 16 – April 21

By Andy Burdick

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013: West Virginia @ Greenville (A) – Stetson Allie continued to show he may have more promise as a hitter than a pitcher, going 4-5 with his league-leading 6th homer.  He finished the day with 2 RBI, and 2 runs as well.  Catching prospect Wyatt Mathisen had his first big day at the plate for the Power, going 3-5 with his first double of the year and 3 RBI. Continue reading

Pedro Alvarez and Mr. Hyde

By Andy Burdick

If you’re familiar with Pedro Alvarez at all, you understand that he is one of the streakiest players in all of baseball.  There are periods of time when he can carry the entire Pittsburgh Pirates on his shoulders.

Pedro  Alvarez Career Games Junes 16, 2012 to June 30, 2012

This two week stretch during the 2012 season is a nice little chunk of baseball.  Courtesy of Baseball-Reference.

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Down on the Farm Vol. 2: Pittsburgh Pirates – April 11 – April 15

By Andy Burdick

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Thursday, April 11, 2013: Harrisburg @ Altoona (AA) – Through his first six games of the season, 24 year old outfielder Andrew Lambo hit a ridiculous .417/.500/.833 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, with 4 BB and 9 K.  Lambo finished the game 1-4 with a stolen base.  Shortstop and defensive whiz Gift Ngoepe hit his first home run of the year. Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #11: A House Call in Cleveland

The whole gang is back and in action again this week and Dr. Garrett informs all the Tribe fans of the wide variety of injuries in Cleveland, while Pittsburgh and Detroit come out relatively unscathed.  Detroit’s bullpen may be in an epic collapse, but their Double-A affiliate the Erie SeaWolves has some of the best pitching in all of the land.  Pittsburgh has a new power hitter down in West Virginia… who used to be a pitcher.  Finally, Cleveland Indians hot-head Carlos Carrasco stirs up a bit of controversy and forces Bob and Jason to the Soapbox.

Bryan Morris Recalled; Chris Leroux Designated

By Andy Burdick

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Bryan Morris courtesy of

Bryan Morris, the last player in the Pirates organization from the Jason Bay trade in 2008, is making the trip to PNC Park after being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.  Morris’s two primary pitches are a fastball that sits in the mid-nineties with movement as well as a slider.  He also throws a curveball and a newly developed cutter.

Morris threw three shutout innings in Indy before his recall.  He has the advantage of not having the added scrutiny of pitching in the late innings of games as Jason Grilli is signed through next season and Mark Melancon is signed through this year before hitting arbitration.

Morris has the stuff to pitch serve as an effective arm out of the bullpen for the Pirates long past this season and will definitely be a player to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

Down on the Farm: Pittsburgh Pirates – April 7 – April 10, 2013

By Andy Burdick

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Down on the Farm is going to be a column to catch everyone up on the goings on in the farm systems of Tri-State Clubs.  Your lives are hectic enough without having to watch every Minor League affiliate of your favorite baseball team, so let us do the watching for you.  We’ll catch you up on important prospects and breakout performances on the mound, on the diamond, and in the box.  So take a load off and check out what’s going on down on the farm for the Pittsburgh Pirates! Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #10: One Tough Hombre

During the first week of baseball, Josh Hamilton is booed like no other man has been booed before.  The TSM Baseball gang talks about the first weeks in Cleveland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh. Jason weeps over Scott Kazmir, Bob talks about zany bullpens, and Andy attends two Opening Days in one week!  Dr. Garrett will fill you in on all your medical questions and the boys talk about the three games they attended this week.

Game Recap: Erie SeaWolves Opening Day – Altoona @ Erie

By Andy Burdick and Bob Finkbeiner


Mel Rojas, Jr.

Mel Rojas, Jr. preparing to take the plate.

When the sun set at Jerry Uht Park Thursday night, the temperature went down with it.  This didn’t slow down the Erie SeaWolves  as they sent lefty Kyle Lobstein to the mound who was fairly efficient in his five innings of work (73 pitches/50 strikes/68% strikes).  Lobstein struck out six and walked three batters.  Three of his punchouts were looking.

Lobstein was relieved by Matt Crause, a tall lefty, with a bit of a hitch in his delivery before he throws the ball home.  He shows the ball with his long arms and telegraphs his breaking balls with a noticeably different arm action.

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