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The Scottsdale Scorpions lost 6-1 to Surprise. Here is how the Pirates prospects did tonight.
**Vic Black pitched a perfect inning in relief. He only needed seven pitches, with four of those strikes.
**Adalberto Santos went 0-for-4.
**Gift Ngoepe went 1-for-3.
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Plenty of Bucs news on Wednesday…
The Pirates hired former shortstop Jay Bell as their new hitting coach. Bell replaces Gregg Ritchie, who left after this season to take the head job at George Washington University. Bell was a solid player and a fan favorite in Pittsburgh, and general reaction today seemed to be very much in favor of the hire. Of course, it’s impossible to say...
According to the MLB.com transactions page, the Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted catcher Ali Solis to Triple-A. Solis was claimed off of waivers last week from the Padres, apparently for the sole purpose of the Pirates trying to put him through waivers and send him to Indianapolis.
He didn’t look like much more than catching depth when he was claimed, and this move isn’t much...
Altoona Curve manager P.J. Forbes won’t return to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization next year, according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror. Forbes spent the last two years managing the Altoona Curve, and one year before that managing the Bradenton Marauders. According to Giger, the Pirates weren’t bringing Forbes back to manage in Altoona, but did offer him another position...
Today the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up the option year for Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez has a unique contract which usually brings some confusion about how long the Pirates have him under control. As a refresher, I thought I’d break down his deal.
Alvarez is still under the deal he signed out of the draft (or to be more accurate, the second deal he signed out of the draft). That deal...
The Scottsdale Scorpions won 9-2 today. Here are the individual results for the Pirates prospects.
**Adalberto Santos went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Santos started at second base and hit third.
**Matt Curry went 1-for-3 with two walks.
**Tyler Waldron pitched two shutout innings in relief. He gave up one hit and struck out two.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have picked up the option on third baseman Pedro Alvarez and parted ways with catcher Rod Barajas.
The 25-year-old Alvarez enjoyed a breakout season in 2012, batting .244 with a career-high 30 home runs and 85 RBIs in 149 games. His home run total was 10th best in the National League, though he also led NL third basemen in errors with 27 and finished second...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican third baseman Johan Herrera for $300,000, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Herrera is a 17-year old who is 6′ 1″, 190 pounds. Badler notes that he stands out for his left handed power. He also notes that he has an average arm, and that his bat is ahead of his defense, which could cause a position change down the line.
The #Pirates announce former Bucco infielder Jay Bell as new Pirates Hitting Coach
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) October 31, 2012
A few weeks ago, Deadspin ran an excellent piece on Jay Bell, where Bell looked back on his career and told stories about his time in Pittsburgh and Kansas City and Arizona and New York (I can't link to it now because the hurrican took...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the following changes to their Major League Coaching staff: Jay Bell has
been named Hitting Coach, Rick Sofield has been named First Base Coach and Dave Jauss has been named Major
The Pittsburgh Pirates named Jay Bell as their hitting coach Wednesday. The team also announced additional coaching moves on manager Clint Hurdle's staff. Rick Sofield will become first-base coach and Dave Jauss a major-league coach. Former first-base coach Luis Silverio moves to senior advisor of Latin American operations. Bell, 46, is coming home to replace Greg Ritchie...
The Scottsdale Scorpions won 6-2 against Phoenix. Here are the results from the Pirates prospects.
**Matt Curry went 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
**Brandon Cumpton pitched an inning, giving up a run on two walks and two hits. Cumpton threw 25 pitches, with 14 strikes.
**Vic Black was selected to the AFL Rising Stars roster.
I started getting really into the Pirates when I was around 7 years old. That was around 1997. I distinctly remember the names Jeff King, Al Martin, Kevin Young, Francisco Cordova, and yes, the man of the hour - Jay Bell. Apparently Bell spent some time recently as a double-A hitting coach in Arizona's system. He's also coaching the New Zealand national team, which...