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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 be at Triple-A waiting to relieve him and Tabata will probably be ignominiously non-tendered or appended as an inconsequential throw-in in a trade to some other poor Neal-Huntington-in-2008-type sap, loading up on ex-blue chip prospects to try and accelerate his club's rebuilding process.
Tabata is on fire this spring, with four doubles and a home run in 26 at-bats. People are raving about his conditioning. He's still only 24. There are counterpoints to every single one of these points, of course: spring training stats don't matter, Jose Tabata is always in great shape during spring training...
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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...
Garrett Jones took some swings today at Pirate City.
Garrett Jones took some swings at Pirate City this afternoon, rotating between the Triple-A and Double-A minor league games. The first baseman went 2-for-6 on the day, but most importantly hasn’t been feeling any pain from his oblique injury last week. After his six at-bats, Jones went to the batting cages where he took some...
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...
A.J. Burnett threw five innings today at Pirate City.
A.J. Burnett got a start today at Pirate City, going up against the Toronto Blue Jays’ Triple-A squad. The right-hander went five innings, giving up two runs on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.
Burnett got off to a rough start, throwing 22 pitches in the first inning and having the inning ended with two outs...
The Pittsburgh Pirates made their second round of cuts this morning, optioning catcher Tony Sanchez and left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver to Indianapolis. The Spring Training tracker has been updated. There are now 49 players remaining in camp.
The Triple-A and Double-A teams are home for the second day in a row. Today they’ll be going up against Toronto’s farm system, and the highlight from a prospect standpoint will be Jameson Taillon getting the start for the Double-A team. Over on the opposite field, A.J. Burnett will be getting the start for the Triple-A squad. Garrett Jones will also be in camp, getting at-bats...
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.…