Perrotto’s Weekly Pirates Report: Lincoln starting to blossom in bullpen role & buzz on Burnett, Tabata & Taillon


WEEKLY PIRATES REPORT *Analysis, Rumblings, & Musings* By John Perrotto Brad Lincoln has a pretty good sense of humor, which is why he isn’t scared to joke about being “the guy the Pirates took instead of Tim Lincecum.” The Pirates chose Lincoln with the fourth overall selection in the 2006 amateur draft from the University of Houston. The Pirates felt Lincoln was a safer pick than Lincecum, then the ace at the University of Washington, because he had much cleaner mechanics and better makeup. Lincecum has gone on to win two National League Cy Young Awards. Lincoln, on the other hand, has won just four major-league games. However, at 27, Lincoln seems to be finally starting to blossom, albeit in a different role than the Pirates envisioned when they drafted him. Lincoln has made five relief appearances this season and posted a fine 0.87 ERA as he has allowed oneRead More »

Pirates eye more consistency from top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln


Lincoln hit hard in Friday’s loss Pirates management has been pleased with Brad Lincoln’s progress and believe he is on track for a 2010 callup but a callup won’t be happening anytime soon. The Pirates are eyeing more consistency from Lincoln who was hit hard in Indianapolis 7-6 loss Friday night. Lincoln (2-1, 4.76 ERA) pitched 6 innings, giving up 6 earned runs, 2 home runs and walked 4. Lincoln was coming off a strong outing against Louisville on April 25, where he surrendered just 1 run and 5 hits in 7 innings. Lincoln’s development of his breaking ball has been one area where Pirates scouts having been raving about. However, a best case scenario for the Pirates is for Lincoln to dominate at the Triple-A level this season, before getting called up. The former first round pick has yet to do that at any level in the minors. LincolnRead More »

MLB: Pirates won’t pursue a veteran starting pitcher in the off-season


Pirates won’t pursue a veteran starter Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports The Pirates were somewhat active last off-season searching for a veteran starting pitcher. The team reached out to a number of veterans including Pedro Martinez, Odalis Perez, Braden Looper and even Paul Byrd. This off-season, the organization won’t be looking to sign a veteran starter. The team is prepared to move forward with their current staff that includes 11 game winner Ross Ohlendorf, Kevin Hart and Charlie Morton. Paul Maholm (7-7) had had a disappointing season but Neal Huntington & Co are believers in him and blame his struggles on his health. Maholm has been battling some minor injuries since early June. Zach Duke is the wild card in the off-season. Duke’s salary will double ($2.2 million) after the season via arbitration. The Pirates received a number of inquiries on Duke during the trade deadline. If theRead More »

Organization claims pitchers in the Carolina League refused to challenge Alvarez


By John Perrotto Pedro Alvarez batted .247 and struck out 70 times in 66 games at high Class A Lynchburg, numbers that suggest the Pirates’ most heralded hitting prospect since Barry Bonds is not quite ready to face Class AA pitching. While the Pirates are as statistically aware as any organization in baseball, that did not stop them from promoting the left-handed hitting third baseman to Class AA Altoona. He will make his Eastern League debut tonight when the Curve visits Erie.