Found February 25, 2013 on Fangraphs:
A lot of people wrote Neil Walker off as a bust before he even had a chance to prove himself in the majors. First, he was a failed catcher. Then, he was a failed third baseman. He needed two years at Triple-A, and didn’t stick in the majors until the age of 24, in his seventh professional season ...

Could Tyler Glasnow Be As Good As Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon?

Pirates Get Favorable Rankings in the Baseball Prospectus Top 101

  Gerrit Cole was the third best prospect in the Baseball Prospectus rankings. Photo: Wilbur Miller Baseball Prospectus released their top 101 prospects today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had five players on the list. The highest ranked player was Gerrit Cole, who came in as the third best prospect and the top pitching prospect. This is the highest Cole has been ranked in any of...

Oderman Rocha

ODERMAN ROCHA RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: November 7, 1992 Height: 6’3″ Weight: 165 Bats: Right Throws: Right Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2010 Country: Colombia Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Rocha has spent three years in the Latin American summer leagues since signing, improving each year.  He’s been a strong groundball pitcher and had a...

Tuesday & Wednesday spring game update

There wasn’t much going on in Bradenton on Tuesday, as the Pirates and Orioles were rained out. Today, the Bucs take on the Rays at 1:05 PM. will have the audio webcast. A.J. Burnett will start, and Wandy Rodriguez (Tuesday’s scheduled starter) will follow him. Gerrit Cole will also take the mound this afternoon. Go Bucs.

Monday notes: Bucs drop first game

The Pirates fell to the Twins 5-4 on Monday, ending their quest for an undefeated Grapefruit League season. Oh well. They’ll be back at it on Tuesday  at 1:05 against the Orioles at McKechnie Field. will have the audio feed for the game. The lineup and pitchers have already been announced; Wandy Rodriguez will get the start. Notable events from Monday’s loss: Kyle McPherson...

Jose Tabata Homers in 5-4 Loss to Twins

Final: Twins 5, Pirates 4 (box) WP: Cole De Vries (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Kris Johnson (0-1, 9.00 ERA) SV: Pedro Hernandez (1, 0.00 ERA) Kyle McPherson got the nod on the hill today for the Bucs and pitched two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, which turned out to be the first hit given up by Pirates’ starters this spring. Pirates’ starting pitchers have still yet to give up...

Clint Barmes is on my list.

I do not appreciate Barmes' contribution to the game today. FYI, tweets like this are welcome: #SocksUp! JONNY! @braveslove — Michelle(@uscfox) February 24, 2013 Tweets like this are not: @braveslove he has given up quite a few homers the past year. — Robert Baker (@baseballfan30) February 24, 2013 1. I'm blaming the wind. 2. Sometimes it's hard for me to remember...

The Bronze Titan, Jose Contreras, is still going

It seems like a hundred years ago that Jose Contreras swam up from Cuba to play for the Yankees. Fidel Castro was still composing sentences. Wasn't Harry Truman the president? The Yankees had money to spend. Ahh, those were the days...Back then, any mystery man on the international scene was predestined to play in New York. It was a given that Old George would capture every back...

Clint Barmes homers, Pirates beat Braves

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- James McDonald is hardly concerned about the crispness of his fastball or the break on his curveball. And for that matter, the Pittsburgh Pirates' right-hander isn't overly focused on controlling an opponent's running game at the moment. All McDonald really wants out of spring training is to put the ball where it's supposed to go following...

Martinez wants more clean sheets

Stand-in skipper Joe Ledley scored twice as Celtic cruised to a 5-0 win over SPL bottom club Dundee at Celtic Park. Ledley scored once in each half, while James Forrest and Dylan McGeouch were also on target and Gary Hooper netted for the first time in six matches as the hosts extended their lead at the top of the table to 21 points. The Dark Blues thought they had taken the lead...

Ulises Montilla

ULISES MONTILLA THIRD BASEMAN   Born: May 12, 1992 Height: 5’11″ Weight: 170 Bats: Right Throws: Right Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2010 Country: Panama Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Montilla has played well offensively from the start of his career, hitting for average with gap power and very good, even spectacular, walk and strikeout rates.  The...

Draft Prospect Watch: Week Two Recap

The second weekend of the college baseball season has come to a close and we saw some big games from the top draft-eligible third baseman on Saturday and Sunday. For the most part, it was a good weekend for the players currently rated at the top of the college draft class. Mark Appel and Sean Manaea showed why they will likely go well before the Pirates make their first selection...
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