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In 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of money on prep pitchers in the middle rounds. The hope was that one of those pitchers could one day emerge as a top of the rotation option, which is something the Pirates hadn’t seen in their system for a long time. So far none of those pitchers have emerged as anything close to top of the rotation guys. Here is a rundown of what the Pirates have from each pitcher.
2nd Round – Brooks Pounders: Traded for Yamaico Navarro, who was traded for Jhondaniel Medina.
4th Round – Zack Dodson: Struggled in low-A last year. Still has the potential and stuff to reach the majors, but he has 4th starter upside.
6th Round – Zack Von Rosenberg: The highest paid player at $1.2 M. He was supposed to have the best chance of breaking out. Has been hit hard the last two years due to an elevated fastball. Today he was throwing 80-83 MPH.
7th Round – Trent Stevenson: Retired last year.
8th Round – Colton Cain: Traded with two other players for Wandy Rodriguez.
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Here are a few injury updates from major league camp, along with a non-injury update.
**Chase d’Arnaud, who is dealing with a sprained thumb, is going to have an appointment for an MRI soon. He has been looked at here in Bradenton, but the Pirates and d’Arnaud wanted to get a second opinion.
**Garrett Jones (oblique) took some swings in the cage today and played catch. He will...
The minor leaguers take on the Yankees farm system today. The lineups, pitchers, and notes are below. First, a few notes from camp.
**Andy Oliver was optioned to Triple-A today. The Pirates plan on stretching him out in minor league camp and using him as a starter.
Luis Heredia might not be in West Virginia until the end of April.
**Luis Heredia may have a shot at West Virginia this...
With Jerry Sands' demotion earlier this week, it became pretty clear that Jose Tabata will start 2013 out in Pittsburgh, most likely as Travis Snider's primary backup/platoon partner in right field. Tabata's only 24, but this is almost certainly his last chance to play regularly for for the Pirates. If he can't hack it in the early part of this season, Sands will...
Mark Melancon was one of the main pieces in the Joel Hanrahan trade.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first round of cuts today at the major league level. Two of the players who were cut were Jerry Sands and Stolmy Pimentel, who made up half of the return for Joel Hanrahan over the winter. Almost immediately the complaints started on Twitter about the Hanrahan trade. Most of them...
The fifth weekend of the college season is about to get under way. The Pirates have the #9 and #14 picks in the upcoming June amateur draft. Throughout the college/HS season, leading up to the draft, we will cover the interesting players that are being discussed in the Pirates draft range. There will also be daily notes on past picks by the Pirates who went unsigned. For a recap...
Keith Law has released his top 50 draft prospects for ESPN Insider subscribers. Some of the notable rankings:
**Mark Appel is first overall.
**The Pirates pick 9th and 14th. Law has Jon Denney at 9th, and Kohl Stewart 14th. Denney is a high school catcher, who Law calls “a good-throwing catcher who receives well, hits and hits for power.” Stewart is a prep pitcher who throws...
Bucs right-hander Kyle McPherson pitched well in a 2-1 loss to the Phillies on Thursday. He allowed four hits, but otherwise had no problems in five scoreless innings. McPherson is vying for a spot in the Pirates’ rotation and he took a step toward winning the job with his outing. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with McPherson after the game.
Today I got to see two pitchers for the first time. For the last year I’ve seen Wei-Chung Wang walking around in a red shirt as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. I also saw Hayden Hurst last year in the GCL after the 2012 draft pick signed. However, he didn’t pitch in the GCL, so I didn’t get to see him throw. Today, both pitchers were on the mound in the low-A game against...
According to a tweet from Rob Biertempfel, infielder Chase d’Arnaud’s left thumb injury, which has kept him out of action since late last week, is a torn ligament that may require surgery. This could keep d’Arnaud out for a considerably longer stretch at an inopportune time for him. He’s trying to regain prospect status after struggling to a 252/325/383 line in AAA last...
When you punch Nyjer Morgan in the face, that’s the picture I use when making a post about you. It’s just that simple. The Pirates acquired Gaby Sanchez last year from the Marlins in a trade that sent Gorkys Hernandez and a competitive balance pick to the Marlins and Kyle Kaminska to the Bucs, along with Sanchez.…
Wandy Rodriguez made his final appearance in the World Baseball Classic, the final game for any Pittsburgh Pirates player, and he made it count. He shut down Team Puerto Rico for six innings today, en route to a 2-0 win for Team Dominican. Rodriguez got up to 74 pitches, throwing 49 of them for strikes, in a game that decided seeding for the WBC Finals.
Rodriguez allowed just four...