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At the end of 2012, Clint Hurdle identified a few players as having spots for 2013 locked down. Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Garrett Jones, Mike McKenry, and Clint Barmes all made the list. If we assume that James McDonald, AJ Burnett, and Jeff Karstens all have rotation spots on lock, too, that leaves us with the following needs: corner outfield/first base (Jones will play either right field or first base, depending on how everything shakes down), a catcher to pair with McKenry, starting pitching, and a shortstop because seriously, Clint Barmes doesn't hack it even if Hurdle says he does.
The Pirates do have some internal options here. Left field will almost certainly be filled by Starling Marte, who shot up the prospect charts over the last two years and made a debut with the Pirates last year that was both tantalizing and frustrating. He's certainly got all of the raw tools to cover a ton of space in the outfield next to McCutc...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted Daniel McCutchen, Jeff Clement, and Eric Fryer to Triple-A Indianapolis. We previously heard that Clement and Fryer had been designated for assignment when the team created room for the waiver claims of Chad Beck and Ali Solis. This is the first we’ve heard that McCutchen was removed from the 40-man roster.
Fryer has already elected free agency...
When the Navy SEAL training report first came out, it was packaged with so many other topics that it turned the situation into a much bigger story than it was. The Navy SEAL training was paired with the “Hoka Hey” e-mail, and all of this came on the day when the Pittsburgh Pirates fell below .500 in September, in the middle of a huge second half collapse. If you combine all three...
Catching up on the winter league action over the last two days, as two of the top young players in the system made their winter league debuts this weekend.
**Gregory Polanco made his debut in the Dominican League. On Saturday he went 2-for-4 with a double. On Sunday he went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
**Starling Marte made his debut in the Dominican League yesterday, going 4-for-5...
In what is pretty astonishing news, Andrew McCutchen has won the NL Center Field Gold Glove Award. McCutchen’s speed definitely allowed him to cover a lot of ground and make some highlight reel catches, but statistics and watching him day in and day out show that he probably wasn’t deserving of this, much like Nate McLouth in 2008.
McCutchen’s UZR/150 ranked 9th among...
Here are the results from the Pirates prospects in the Arizona Fall League this week.
**Matt Curry went 1-for-14 with three walks and three strikeouts. Curry is hitting for a .200/.265/.267 line in 45 at-bats on the AFL season, with a 4:14 BB/K ratio.
**Adalberto Santos went 5-for-15 with a double, a homer, three walks, and two stolen bases. Santos is hitting for a .265/.405/.412...
Last week, during the round table discussion at Bucs Dugout, a question was raised about how each team’s draft results compare to their total spending. I’ve previously looked at the 2008 draft, noting the success stories from each round, and comparing that to what the Pirates got. Looking at the $/WAR for each team sounded interesting. It’s not a perfect method, but it would...
Now that the World Series is over, the MLB offseason is officially under way and the hot stove talk will be here before you know it. As Charlie points out, changes in the Pirates’ front office (or at least the GM) don’t appear likely simply because such a move already should have been made if one was going to happen. With free agents ready to sign and a number of other key decisions...
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday that Piratefest will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16.
The hours for the 23rd annual Pirates indoor themed baseball event are as follows: Friday, December 14 is exclusively for season ticket holders; Saturday, December 15 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM; Sunday December 16 from...
The Scottsdale Scorpions beat Peoria 12-2 today, with help from two Pirates prospects on offense.
**Adalberto Santos went 3-for-5 with a double.
**Gift Ngoepe went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, and four runs. Prior to this game he had two hits in 25 at-bats.
**Vic Black pitched a shutout inning to close out the game. He gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Black...
With the World Series coming to an end last night, the 2012/2013 off-season officially begins today. Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics.
Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men. The deadline this year is on Friday. The Pittsburgh...
Rawlings Sporting Good Company announced their 2012 Gold Glove Award Finalists today, and Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen was named one of the three finalists for center field in the National League.
McCutchen was the only Pittsburgh player to be named a finalist this season. He was a finalist in center field along with Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs and Atlanta’s Michael Bourn. McCutchen...
Major League Baseball and Rawlings announced today that Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen won his first Gold Glove among National League Center Fielders. McCutchen beat out Atlanta’s Michael Bourn and Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs for the award.
McCutchen finished the 2012 season with a 135-game errorless streak and led all National League outfielders in fielding...
First off, I hope everyone is okay after these storms. They continue in a lot of places so please just be safe. A.J. Burnett was possibly the All Star of the Pirates team last year. He epitomized leadership. How? By being a great clubhouse guy AND performing on the field. I am a proponent of [...]
We’ve heard about the Pittsburgh Pirates putting their players through Navy SEAL training. We heard the original story, the repeat of the story, the re-repeat of the story, and all of the national attention that the story has received. We’ve heard from anonymous players, coaches, parents, agents, and members of other organizations who have spoken out against the reports of the...
Andrew McCutchen was awarded the NL center field Gold Glove award tonight. He became the first Pirate to earn the honor since Nate McLouth in 2008, and it’s certainly a very nice honor for the young superstar. Players and coaches voted on the award, and Cutch beat out finalists Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs.
Of course, the Gold Glove has as much (or more) to do with offense as...