Found March 19, 2013 on
The majority of Pirates fans haven’t had many chances to see Vic Black pitch. They’ve probably seen the numbers, highlighted by a 1.65 ERA and an 85:29 K/BB ratio in 60 innings in Altoona last year. They might have heard of his fastball, which usually sits in the 96-98 MPH range, and has touched triple digits. He’s been on top prospect lists, is named as one of the top relief prospects in the system, and was added to the 40-man roster over the off-season. But most hadn’t seen him pitch until his outings in Spring Training.
The outing on March 8th was aired on TV in Pittsburgh. Pirates fans got to see Black pitch that night, but the results weren’t like above. The right-hander was wild, walking two batters, giving up a home run, and even sailing a pitch into the backstop. Pirates fans may have noticed his unusual delivery, where he takes the ball out of his mitt, pounds the glove, rears back, and throws. It’s an unusual approach that Black has taken for the last year. It lo...
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Gerrit Cole was cut from major league camp today.
The Pittsburgh Pirates cut six players from major league camp today. The team optioned RHP Phil Irwin to Indianapolis. They also reassigned RHP Brooks Brown, RHP Gerrit Cole, LHP Kris Johnson, C Ali Solis and RHP Kyle Waldrop to minor league camp. The Spring Training tracker has been updated. There are now 43 players left in camp.
Bryan Morris has an extra option year.
Baseball America has a list of players who received the rare fourth option year (h/t Bucs Dugout). We already knew two of the Pirates on the list who had received fourth options: Pedro Alvarez and Andy Oliver. One player who was unexpected was Bryan Morris.
From what I can gather from Baseball America’s description of the rules, Morris...
Evan Chambers is out eight weeks with a broken foot.
Here are some injury updates from minor league camp.
**Evan Chambers broke his foot and will be out for eight weeks. The 2009 third round pick had successful surgery last week, and had his cast removed this week. He has been walking on crutches with a boot the last few days.
**Aaron Pribanic had labrum surgery in the off-season...
Who is Gregory Polanco? Why is he here? Is this ‘pop-up’ prospect for real or is it just my imagination? This Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder has a chance to be a special player beyond what his pedigree suggests.
Gregory Polanco was signed as an international free agent in 2009 out of the Dominican Republic. He signed for a $75,000 bonus. The 21 year old...
To continue my journey into belief of the sleeper team, I am going with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a team I think can finally get over that hump this season. Ever since Barry Bonds left after the 1992 season to sign with the Giants, the Pirates have yet to have a winning season. It seemed like it would finally happen in 2012 when they were 58-42 after July 28th. Unfortunately, for...
Andrew McCutchen insists he will not change even while he becomes one of baseball's biggest young stars.
The 26-year-old finished third in National League MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .327 with 31 homers and 96 RBIs. His performance made Pittsburgh's decision to offer him a six-year, $51-million contract extension last spring a downright bargain.
The baseball world...
First baseman Gaby Sanchez burst on the scene with the Marlins in 2010 and was an All Star in 2011. Last season he had been demoted to Triple-A and was traded to the Pirates. Sanchez was hurt and missed most of his preseason conditioning last year because he was coming off knee surgery. Now healthy again Sanchez told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he is feeling great at the plate.
The Pirates reassigned right-hander Gerrit Cole to Triple-A after the former 2011`No. 1 overall pick threw 10 spring training innings.
I’ve been waiting patiently for this day. Waiting to see the outrage, the irrational hate that the Pirates would receive after cutting Gerrit Cole. I was kind of disappointed. Sure there have been rumblings. There has been some disappointment. Overall though? Genuine understanding. It reminds me of that scene from classic comedy movie Major Payne.…
Could Alex Dickerson’s back problems be over?
If you’ve been following my daily lineup notes, you probably noticed that Alex Dickerson had been out of the lineup for about a week. The first baseman wasn’t a red shirt, and finally returned to game action today.
“Now I’m feeling real good,” Dickerson said of the stiffness. “It was rough for a couple of days. Just kind...
With the Pirates on a two-day hiatus from playing baseball anywhere near where I am in Florida, I've been trying to take a break from the internet because that keeps me from worrying about work and, believe it or not, there aren't a lot of fun things that surround your sixth year in grad school. And so I missed out on some actual Pirate news this afternoon because I was off...