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Columnist Claudio Reilsono

Recently I have been asked about two of the Pirates big pitching prospects, Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie: How are they doing? How many years will it take until they come up?

But the one question that I get the most is why have they not dominated like they did in high school?

10/28/2011 - 13:14
Claudio Reilsono
The phrase, "They don't make them like that anymore," fits Vinny Paz perhaps better than any fighter or athlete out there. Vinny Paz (formerly Pazienza) is a five-time world boxing champion, having battled a who's who of champions during his career.

Paz was one of the few boxers who could main event and pack the house with out having a belt.

10/28/2011 - 13:08
Claudio Reilsono
As I was writing this month's article, the Pirates lost their fourth game in row, 8-3 to Baltimore. A friend of mine called and asked in a very frustrated tone, "Why can't they get over the hump and stay there?" Just a few days ago the Pirates were 35-33. After this loss they dropped to 35-37. So what is it that keeps them from getting over the hump?

This year, it's simple. The hitting, or lack thereof.

Last year it was the pitching.

07/24/2011 - 15:57
Claudio Reilsono
Its not a quarterback controversy, nor is it a "Who is better" debate. Yet some fans and media want to know who should be the Pirates starting catcher, Ryan Doumit or Chris Snyder, once Doumit returns this month from a stint on the disabled list?

My answer? Both.

05/30/2011 - 22:17
Claudio Reilsono
Every manager or coach gives all he can to his team. John Russell—I can promise—gave his all to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, as I am sure Joe Kerrigan did. But some people/coaches are not meant for certain teams at certain times.

The 2011 Pirates entered May 13-15 and three games out of first place.

05/22/2011 - 12:26
Claudio Reilsono
Now that the Pirates have three weeks under their new coaching staff, how are they adjusting? Is it be confusing for the players as they adapt to another new system and staff? Will they have to learn to hit a certain way? Pitch a certain way?

Baseball, at least if its coached properly is different than a sport like football. Take a quarterback, for example.

04/22/2011 - 19:30
Claudio Reilsono
The Pirates filled several holes with the signing of Lyle Overbay. They added veteran leadership, left-handed power and a steady glove at first.

Although Overbay's batting average has gone down each of the past three years, (.270, .265, .240), his home runs have gone up (15, 16, 20).

02/14/2011 - 20:42
Claudio Reilsono
The first thing I thought when I first saw Andrew McCutchen play was, "This guy has superstar written all over him." Usually it's not hard to find something players need to do to improve their game. With McCutchen, though, you really have to nit-pick.

He hits for average... but he can hit higher.

He's got some power... but he can hit more homeruns.

He can flat-out fly—and he hustles—but he can be a better base stealer.

01/24/2011 - 13:55
Claudio Reilsono
Middle Infielders

Ronny Cedeno, SS

11/25/2010 - 16:59
Claudio Reilsono
Analysis of Brad Lincoln and Pedro Alvarez: PSR's scout takes a look at what the young Bucs need to do to improve upon their rookie seasons.

Brad Lincoln, RHP

Problem- Being counted on to be a front-of-the-rotation pitcher for the Pirates.

11/16/2010 - 23:24
Claudio Reilsono
Perennial regular season leaders rebuild, the West gets stronger, analytics take center stage and the draft is reconfigured. Here are four league-wide storylines to follow as the NHL season gets underway.
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