Found January 06, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
Playoffs continue in the Caribbean Leagues, with a few Pirates’ players and friends:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  5,  Aguilas del Zulia  3 Los Tigres picked up a playoff win, and they got started with a 3-run 1st inning.  A double and two singles plated the first run, then a sacrifice fly and another single brought in two more.  Los Aguilas scored one run in the 4th, on two singles and a sacrifice fly by C Carlos Maldonado.  Los Tigres answered with 2 runs in the bottom of the frame.  CF Jorge Cortes tripled, then scored on a single.  Jonel Pacheco also singled, and an RBI single drove in the second run.  A 2-run homer gave Zulia 2 more runs in the top of the 7th, but Los Tigres held on for the win.  Wil Ledezma pitched to one batter for Los Tigres in the 6th inning, and got a fly out.   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Tigres del Licey  1,  Aguilas Cibaenas  0 2B Anderson Hernandez went 4-for-4 for Los Tigres, and SS Yamaico Navarro went 2-for-3, as Los Tigres needed only one run to beat ...

Pirates Release Four Lower Level Minor Leaguers

According to Baseball America, the Pirates have released four minor league pitchers.  The four are right handers Mitchell Fienemann, Jarryd Sullivan, and Joe Parsons, and left-hander Diomedes Mateo.  None of the four had advanced far in the team’s farm system.  Fienemann, one of the Pirates’ first signees out of Australia, spent one year in the Gulf Coast League and two with...

Minor League Depth — Middle Infield

For the most part, “middle infield prospect” means “shortstop prospect.” A player with the ability to play secondbase at the major league level will usually be able to play short at the amateur and minor league levels. As a result, most major league secondbaseman start off at shortstop. There may be a few players who are strictly prospects at secondbase. Generally, they...

This Date in Pirates History: January 7

Born on this date in 1935 was Dick “Ducky”  Schofield, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1958 until 1965. He began his major league career at age 18 with the Cardinals, spending his first 5 1/2 seasons there playing sparingly, appearing in just 208 major league games during that stretch. The Pirates acquired him on June 15, 1958 along with cash for infielders Gene Freese...

Winter League Playoffs 1/4 — Hernandez Homers

The Puerto Rican League season ends today, with their playoffs beginning over the weekend.  Meanwhile the other Caribbean leagues continue in playoff mode.  In other news, SS Pedro Ciriaco has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Navegantes del Magallanes  3,  Tigres de Aragua  2 Los Navegantes got things going with 2 runs on a walk and 3 singles...

Winter League Playoffs 1/5

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league play:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  7,  Aguilas del Zulia  2 Exicardo Cayones made a start in center field for Los Caribes and scored a run for them.  Los Caribes got started with 3 runs in the 1st inning, on 3 singles, a walk, and an RBI ground out.  Los Aguilas scored 2 runs in the 4th...

Resop family raising money for cancer research

A hospital visit in Pittsburgh last season left Pirates reliever Chris Resop searching for ways to use his standing as a public figure to assist other children battling cancer. His wife, Kara, suggested that they initiate some fundraising efforts to raise money for children's cancer research. That idea has since taken off.

This Date in Pirates History: January 8

Born on this date in 1934 was Gene Freese, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1958 then again in 1964-65. Gene was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates just prior to the 1953 season. He hit .300 that first season in the lower levels then moved up to AA in 1954 where he hit .332 with 16 homers in 145 games, which earned him an opening day spot for the 1955...

Mets sign Cedeno

Ronny Cedeno has accepted the Mets’ offer and will come on board as the team’s backup middle infielder, a source familiar with the Mets tells The deal is worth roughly $1.1 million. Cedeno, who can play second base and shortstop, is an excellent fielder with a lot of speed. The only thing with Cedeno is that he can’t hit the ball for his life. He has 33 homeruns...

Pirates to Scout Vicente Padilla

According to a Nicaraguan newspaper (link is in Spanish) Vicente Padilla will be scouted by Rene Gayo and the Pittsburgh Pirates next week, possibly during his next start down in Nicaragua. Padilla pitched just nine relief games this past season for the Los Angeles Dodgers before going on the DL with a forearm injury, then extending the DL stay due to a neck injury which required...

Mets close to deal with veteran shortstop Ronny Cedeno

Cedeno hit .249 for Pittsburgh last year

Minor League Depth — Third Base

With power hitting down throughout baseball, classic thirdbasemen are increasingly difficult to find. Most teams want a player who hits for power while having the arm and quickness to play the position. In 2011, however, there were only five thirdbasemen who hit 20 HRs and only ten who hit 15. The Pirates are no exception.  Their system doesn’t have any players who profile as...

Ryan Ludwick “Popular Fellow”

So I’m a little surprised tonight. While browsing through my twitter feed I saw an interesting tweet from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. This tweet talked about Ryan Ludwick and how “popular” he currently is, apparently there at least four clubs who have offered him a deal. My thought was really? Ryan Ludwick? @JonHeymanCBS: Heard ryan ludwick has at least 4 job offers. Popular...

Mets Sign Middle Infielder Ronny Cedeno

Infielder Ronny Cedeno has agreed to a one year deal with the New York Mets according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. The deal is worth about $1.1 million and is pending a physical. Cedeno will fill a bench role and backup Ruben Tejada at shortstop and possibly Daniel Murphy at second base for the Mets. Last season, he hit .249 with two homers and 32 RBIs in 413 at-bats for the...
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