Found February 21, 2012 on
Good morning from Pirate City.
–The Pirates have two meetings this morning, so they have yet to take the field. They should start warming up around 10:20.
– Today’s scheduled bullpen sessions:
Group 1: James McDonald, Joel Hanrahan, Brad Lincoln, Eric Bedard
Group 2: Tony Watson, Jason Grilli, Ryota Igarashi, Juan Cruz
Group 3: Chris Resop, Evan Meek, Shairon Martis, Jose Reyes
Group 4: Doug Slaten, Daniel McCutchen, Chris Leroux, Daniel Cabrera
–I chatted with outfielder Nate McLouth and infielder Casey McGehee this morning, so look for those stories later today on the main page. I’m going to try to get stories on most of the guys at big league camp, but if there is someone in particular you want to hear from now, rather than later, let me know in the comment section.
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It looks like a good time to buy stock in Anderson Hernandez. The Pirates’ decision to place Rule 5 pick Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list greatly narrows the competition for utility infielder spots. They have a lot of players available to compete for bench spots, but many, such as Nick Evans and Jake Fox, are strictly corner players. Somebody has to backup Clint...
The Pittsburgh Pirates impressed Rod Barajas with an aggressive pitch in free agency, selling the veteran catcher on the team's promising future and the role he could play in helping them be successful.
Manager Clint Hurdle envisions the 36-year-old having a positive influence on a revamped pitching staff, strengthening the defense and impacting the offense, too.
This will be the first in a series of articles that compares prospects by walking, step-by-step, through their scouting reports, culminating in my personal recommendation about which prospect is the better bet to reach their ceiling and help your team in the big leagues.
In this first installment I will tackle two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects who many within the industry consider...
BRADENTON — Opening day continues to look promising for right-hander Charlie Morton. After undergoing offseason left hip surgery to repair a labrum tear in mid-October, the 28-year-old looks to be ahead of the six months recovery time.
“Everything’s in a good place for Charlie, everything’s in a good place,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s continued to knockdown...
The top of the Pirates prospect rankings is dominated by starting pitchers and outfielders. A trio of each vie for collectively cracking the top five. The three starters have as much upside as any group of triplets in baseball.
Top 5 fantasy prospects
1- Jameson Taillon, SP
Taillon ranks behind Cole on most prospect lists, and usually, I'd go with the crowd. This...
BRADENTON — Since getting traded to the Atlanta Braves in July of 2009, Nate McLouth hasn’t played like the All-Star center fielder and Gold Glove winner that Pittsburgh saw during the 2008 season.
But this year, McLouth is making sure that will change.
After several trips to the disabled list last season and having to undergo sports hernia surgery in August, McLouth played...
The first weekend of the 2012 NCAA Division I season is in the books, giving us our first look at some of the top 2012 draft prospects. A few of the top guys got off to great starts, with the top performer being Victor Roache.
Roache went 4-for-10 at the plate in his opening weekend, homering twice. The outfielder hit a Division I leading 30 home runs in 2011, and started his 2012...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have finally acknowledged all the McPlayers on their team. They wrote the article below about it. Nate McLouth couldn't even name all of his fellow Mc's, and the article didn't give me a shout out in anyway. I should take some kind of legal action. Clipped from: pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com (share this clip)
Jim Callis of Baseball America released the bonus pools for the 2012 draft today. The Pittsburgh Pirates will end up with a pool of $6,563,500, which includes their first round pick, valued at $2.9 M. That total doesn’t include any compensation for Derrek Lee, since Lee isn’t expected to sign a major league deal.
When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was announced, it...
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BRADENTON — This offseason infielder Casey McGehee said his first goal was to step as far away from baseball as he could. After the Milwaukee Brewers were eliminated from the playoffs, McGehee turned off the post season games and the World Series.
“I didn’t want to talk about it, look at it, anything,” McGehee said Tuesday at Pirate City...
Last month I made a post with a comparison of all the Pirates starting pitchers' 2011 pitch F/X. Now that we've added A.J. Burnett I figured I'd update the charts. Here's the data:Burnett is the only guy that's going to be throwing any thing close to a knucklecurveball this year, so you can't really compare him to the others guys too well. He throws harder...
Here is a visual look at how the Pirates’ starting pitchers compared to the rest of the league in strikeout and walk rates last season. This graph shows every pitcher that threw at least 100 innings in 2011. The two lines mark the average rates for this particular group of pitchers, which divides the chart into four quadrants. The lower right quadrant contains some of the best...
For almost any player, getting traded from the mighty New York Yankees to the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates seems like a cruel and unusual fate. That fate is exactly what befell A.J. Burnett this past weekend as the Yankees were so eager to rid themselves of him, that they paid the Pirates to take them off their hands. In many ways, it is the low point of Burnett's career, but...
The first batch of 2012 Annuals is currently on its way to Tim’s doorstep, and should start shipping by the weekend. The section of the book that I enjoyed working on the most was easily the story of the early 1990′s Pirates teams. Beginning with Syd Thrift’s discovery of undrafted free agent Bobby Bonilla in Europe in 1981, the section details how the Pirates rebuilt from...
Andrew McCutchen is the face of the 2012 Pirates. He is their leader on the field and on the stat sheet. He checked in to Pirate City on Wednesday.