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The 2012 season appeared to be a turning point; a season in which the Pittsburgh Pirates would not only post their first winning season since 1992, but also the year they earned themselves a playoff berth. Then August came, and with it the skid with which Buccos’ fans have become so familiar. The Pirates faded quickly, going 20-39 over the final two months to finish 79-83. The lineup was replete with talent but equally rife with inexperience, and it proved to be their ultimate demise. Few alterations have been made to that lineup, and the Pirates are hoping that anothr year of maturity will solidify those early glimpses excellence.
Starling Marte Lf
Neil Walker 2b
Andrew McCutchen Cf
Garrett Jones 1b
Pedro Alvarez 3b
Russell Martin C
Travis Snider Rf
Clint Barmes Ss
They play in the nicest ballpark in America, so that has...
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Pimentel fanned six in five shutout innings
Well, okay, A.J. Burnett isn’t a prospect, but he was pitching against them today as the Yankees’ AAA and AA squads visited Pirate City. Burnett struggled throughout his outing, a lot of it due to control issues, and didn’t manage to complete all his innings due to per-inning pitch limitations. Odd things like that happen in spring...
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...
Bryan Morris was optioned to Triple-A.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few cuts from major league camp this morning. They optioned right-hander Bryan Morris to Triple-A, and reassigned infielders Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Jared Goedert to minor league camp. It was previously believed that Morris was out of options, although earlier this week we learned that he was granted a fourth option...
For three years now, Pirate fans have broken down every tiny aspect of Pedro Alvarez's game. What's his strikeout rate? What does that mean? Is he struggling with fastballs? Breaking balls? Is the "Daydro" thing actually a thing or a weird sampling problem? Why would he hit better during day games? Does he need contacts or something? Did you see how far he hit that...
As I made my way to spring training on Sunday night, I tried to figure out the Pirates' rotation for this week. My main hope was to see Gerrit Cole in person, though I figured that might be a long shot given the late date in the spring and the fact that Cole had just pitched the day before. I was right about that; before I even made it to McKechnie field on Monday, Cole was demoted...
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 sixth 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...
The Pirates made a surprising move today, sending Bryan Morris to Triple A. The writing was written on the wall for Bryan Morris when he was given a rare fourth option. When I wrote my Roster Watch it was before he was given the option. I still think this move hurts the team. It hurt…
Jose Tabata is still supposedly young. He is only 24. I don’t think people realize how young he is. He is only two months older than Starling Marte for reference. It’s really easy to think of him as a veteran player because he’s had some MLB success. He doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt…
Garrett Jones had an very good season last year. He put together a nice looking .274/.317/.516 triple slash line, hitting 27 HR, and driving in 86 RBI. He figures to platoon with Gaby Sanchez at first base and see time in right field. Jones told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he is excited about the upcoming season.
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...
Ben Zobrist homered leading off a three-run sixth inning Friday for Tampa Bay, but Stefan Welch hit a three-run homer in his first spring training at-bat to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat a split squad 6-4.
Welch, a third baseman who played last season at Double-A, hit a towering shot to right field off Dane De La Rosa.
The Rays scored three runs to take a 4-3 lead in the sixth...