Found December 24, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
Born on this date in 1949 was shortstop Frank Taveras, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1971 to 1979. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates in 1968 and he spent four full seasons in the minors before he got a chance in the big leagues. He played just one game his rookie season, pinch running for Willie Stargell during a 15 inning game against the Mets on September 25,1971. He played just four September games with the Pirates in 1972 then spent the entire 1973 season at AAA. Despite not getting a late season call-up the prior season, Taveras made the 1974 Pirates opening day roster and started 107 games at shortstop that year. After hitting .246 his rookie season, Taveras slumped down to .212 in 1975 but he still started 122 games. Taveras stole 206 bases with the Pirates Frank received added playing time in 1976, getting nearly 150 more plate appearances despite playing just 10 more games than in 1975. He also displayed plus speed for the first time in his ...

Greg Picart and the Value of Organizational Players

Greg Picart appears to have re-signed with the Pirates. We spend a lot of time talking about the top young prospects in the organization, and for good reason. The main purpose of a farm system is to produce talent for the big league team. Minor signings don’t usually get a lot of attention due to the fact that they probably won’t yield help in the future for big league players...

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Top 10 Prospects

Today we wrapped up the Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 top 10 prospects countdown. The results, with links to the individual reports, are as follows: 1. Gerrit Cole 2. Jameson Taillon 3. Starling Marte 4. Josh Bell 5. Luis Heredia 6. Robbie Grossman 7. Tony Sanchez 8. Stetson Allie 9. Kyle McPherson 10. Nick Kingham If you enjoyed the countdown and the reports on each player,...

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Top Prospects: #1 – Gerrit Cole

Today we wrap up the top 10 countdown with our number one prospect. If you’ve enjoyed the countdown and the reports on each player, you’ll also enjoy the 2012 Prospect Guide, which features similar reports on the remaining top 50 prospects, as well as over 250 prospect reports and a feature on the top four pitching prospects in the system. You can purchase your copy of the book on...

Winter Leagues 12/22 Hernandez Homers

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Gigantes del Cibao  7,  Toros del Este  3 Two 3-run innings gave Los Gigantes the win in a “play in” game after the regular Dominican League season ended yesterday.  Los Toros began the game with 2 runs in the top of the 1st.  A lead-off double, and an RBI single by SS...

This Date in Pirates History: December 25

Born on this date in 1856 was James “Pud” Galvin, the winningest pitcher to ever suit up for the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise. He joined the team having already won 222 games by the age of 28 and by the time he retired following the 1893 season he would be the major league leader in wins, a record he would hold until he was passed by Cy Young in 1903. Pittsburgh, while still...

Fit Alvarez determined to beef up statistics

Perhaps nothing matters more to the Pirates this winter than how Pedro Alvarez prepares for spring training. So far, apparently, so good.

This Date in Pirates History: December 23

Born on this date in 1871 was one of the best pitchers in Pittsburgh Pirates history, Sam Leever, who played for the team from 1898 to 1910. On the Pirates all-time list for pitchers he ranks fourth in ERA with a 2.47 mark, tied for second in wins with 194, sixth in both innings pitched with 2660.2 IP and games started with 299. He ranks fourth in complete games with 241 and second...

Winter Leagues 12/23 — Cayones Is Running

A few Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league action… the Australian League is taking the holiday weekend off.  They will be back in action next weekend.  The Dominican League is off until their playoffs start in January.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  3,  Leones del Caracas  2 Los Caribes were out-hit 10-4, but they made good use of their...

Walker feels holiday spirit in festive Pittsburgh

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker takes time to talk about his upcoming holiday plans and to share some of his Christmas memories.

The 1906 Pirates Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates went into the 1906 season with the makings of a strong pitching staff and a solid top of the lineup but they had two big obstacles in their way of a trying to win a fourth National League title, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants. The Giants had won two straight NL titles going into 1906 and they were coming off a 105-48 season. The Cubs had won 93 games...
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