Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vasquez was arrested Tuesday morning on child pornography charges. Vasquez has been charged by Florida authorities with one count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors. Authorities also say other charges could be filed, too. Vasquez is accused of having a relationship with a 13 year old girl who is now 15 years old. Vasquez is in the process of being extradited to Florida.
If you want to talk about which coach in town has lost the room, look no further than Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. From players fighting coaches to players fighting players, More clubhouse drama has followed the Pirates into September, this time resulting in Kyle Crick having season ending surgery. Crick and star closer Felipe Vasquez got into a clubhouse fight Monday night that resulted in Crick needing finger surgery on Tuesday. It marks the second incident Crick has been involved in a clubhouse altercation. This summer Crick and bullpen coach Euclides Rojas were involved in an altercation that results in a suspension for Rojas. “The behavior exhibited by these two players last night is unacceptable of a Major League Player and will not be tolerated by the organization,” GM Neal Huntington said in a released statement during the middle of the Pirates – Giants game. There’s been evidence from anRead More »
The Pittsburgh Pirates today requested unconditional waivers for the purpose of releasing catcher Francisco Cervelli. The move gives Cervelli the opportunity to sign elsewhere. “As Francisco has worked through his rehabilitation, we have had multiple conversations with him and his agent regarding his projected playing time for the remainder of this season with the Pirates,” said GM Neal Huntington in a released statement. “Out of respect and appreciation for Francisco, we have chosen to honor his request to be released in order for him to pursue an opportunity that potentially gives him a chance at more playing time, as well as an opportunity this season to compete in the Postseason. We appreciate who Francisco is and all he has done for the Pirates and the city of Pittsburgh. We believe this was the right move for the right reasons and wish Francisco well.”
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected RHP Quinn Priester (6-3, 200), a starting pitcher from Cary Grove (ILL) High School with the 18th overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft. This marks the second time in three years the Pirates have selected a right handed high school pitcher, selecting Shane Baz with the 12th overall pick in 2017. Baz was traded to Tampa Bay in the Chris Archer trade last August. Scouting Report on Priester via MLB Pipeline: “Scouts love Priester’s athleticism and the ease of his arm action. His four-seam fastball can reach 97MPH with riding life, though his heavy two-seamer in the low 90’s may be even more effective because it gets exceptional horizontal and vertical movement. He also owns one of the better curveballs in the 2019 prep class.”
TIOPS PIRATES 5 1. Josh Bell (.348-18HR-52RBI) on Friday night had two more hits to cap off an history May with 94 total bases, the most by any player in May since Willie Mays back in 1958. Bell in May slashed .390/.442/.797 with 12 home runs and 31 RBIs. Bell at age 26 has entered superstar status and his ability to smash the ball makes him must-watch TV every night. Yet, Bell’s prominence is having little effect in getting butts to the ballpark or bringing excitement to the fan base beyond the hardcore fans. For every great story like Bell, Bryan Reynolds right now, two players the fan base should be very excited about moving forward, there’s 4-5 doom and gloom management decisions or lack their of that kill the buzz and many just don’t want to get suckered in because they know how this story will end. If thisRead More »
A rough month of May continues for Pirates’ starters as Joe Musgrove allowed 11 hits and 5 earned runs in 6 innings pitched vs the Milwaukee Brewers tonight. Pittsburgh’s ERA among starting pitchers this month has soared to 6.65 and Joe Musgrove’s downturn has come at the worst time for a rotation ravished by injuries and Chris Archer looking like he belongs in Triple-A. Musgrove’s rough outing gives him a 7.27 ERA over his last three starts where he’s allowed 15 runs over his last 17 1/3 innings.
Top pitching prospect Mitch Keller (5-0, 3.45 ERA) will make his MLB debut in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader vs the Cincinnati Reds, the Pirates officially announced this afternoon. It’s a route the Pirates brass has been hoping to avoid until at least late June but a starting rotation rocked with injuries finally forced the Pirates hand. It’s expected to only be a one game stint for Keller in the Majors but Keller could change that plan if he were to shine vs the Reds as it would be a PR mess for the organization to send Keller right back down if he’s anything short of a disaster. The rotation for the four game set vs the Reds will be Nick Kingham, Mitch Keller, Jordan Lyles and Steven Brault. The Pirates throwing Kingham (8.76 ERA) and Brault (7.11 ERA) back out there is as depressing as it can getRead More »
As injuries mount to the pitching staff, Neal Huntington on Sunday took the opportunity to pump the brakes on Mitch Keller seeing an MLB field anytime soon. Citing the organization is already out of their comfort zone with Cole Tucker and Bryan Reynolds, Huntington said Keller is in the middle of the process of adding slider/cutter to his arsenal that according to Huntington makes no sense to bring Keller to the Majors just yet. “With Reynolds and Tucker up here, we’re out of comfort zone enough with guys without a ton of Triple-A experience. The addition of a slider is going to cause us to be a bit more patient, to let him lock this in and utilize it as a weapon,” said Huntington. It would be like bringing a hitter up when he’s in the middle of a mechanical change.” Keller 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA this season, hasRead More »
LAD 7 – PIT 6 W: J. Urias (2-1) L: R. Rogriguez) S: K. Jansen (10) Despite a 5-1 lead after three innings, the floundering Pirates (12-14) would find a way to stumble over themselves in a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon. As the losing streak now reaches 8 games, it’s a scary thought for Pirates’ fans on where things go from here for a team on a game-by-game basis that has such a small margin of error. –Melky Cabrera had a big game in the loss, going 4-5 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. Cabrera has been a pleasant surprise, hitting .333 on the season. –SP Trevor Williams went 6 innings, allowing 8 hits and 5 earned runs. Williams struck out 6 and walked 1. In the fifth inning, things unraveled for the Williams. With 2 outs and runners at 2nd and 3rd, he hadRead More »