Morning Pirates Buzz: Presley coming up & Reactions from Huntington, Draft experts on selection of Mark Appel


MORNING PIRATES BUZZ The Pirates intend to callup left fielder Alex Presley for tonight’s game. Presley was sent to the minors on May 16, after batting .220 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s, including a .246 OBP and .305 slugging percentage in 34 games with the Pirates. Presley batted .309 in his first 19 games this season but slumped badly leading to his demotion, going 3-for-42 with 1 extra base hit in his last 15 games with the big club prior to being demoted. Pirates GM Neal Huntington said at the time that Presley was not being intelligent at the plate and that the team “optioned Alex out to get him going.” “We need to get him back to being intelligently aggressive where he attacks his pitch or works the count when he does not get a good pitch to hit, ” Huntington said on May 16. Presley hasRead More »

Perrotto’s Weekly Pirates Report: On Awakening Offense & Scouts Buzz


By John Perrotto *Analysis, Rumblings & Musings* Jamie Moyer is as studious as any pitcher in the major leagues. The Colorado Rockies left-hander has no choice. A 49-year-old pitcher with a fastball that tops out at 79 mph can’t possibly be successful without knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing hitters. Thus, the Pirates should be encouraged by Moyer’s assessment of their offense. Despite allowing just one run in six innings in his start Tuesday night at PNC Park, Moyer was impressed by the Pirates’ lineup. “They’re going score runs, especially in this ballpark,” Moyer said. “They have dangerous hitters and some young guys with a lot of talent. They really battled me. My line in the box score probably looks better than it should. I felt fortunate to come out of it having allowed only one run.” The Pirates remain last in the major leagues in runs perRead More »