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In Australia today, Zac Fuesser threw six innings in his team’s 4-2 loss. Fuesser allowed all four runs, three were earned, while giving up seven hits, two walks and he struck out seven batters. He threw 102 pitches on the night, 67 were for strikes. He is scheduled to appear in Sunday’s ABL All-Star game. Fuesser has a 2-2, 4.02 record, with a 1.37 WHIP, 1.76 GO/AO ratio and 29 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.
Two Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch and Justin Howard. Both had quiet nights, going a combined 0-for-7, with Welch reaching base once via walk. For Howard, who struck out three times, it was a stark contrast to his performance last week when he was named ABL Player of the Week.
In Puerto Rico last night, Benji Gonzalez came in during the ninth inning as a pinch-runner. He was thrown out attempting to steal second base. Gonzalez finished the game defensively at shortstop.
In Venezuela, Nate Baker came in during the ninth inning and faced three batters, striking out one, while also allowing two singles before being removed. He was taken out with his team up 7-1 and neither runner he left on base scored.
One day after pitching in the VWL/DWL All-Star game, Ryan Reid was called upon during the 12th inning last night, where he allowed two runs to take the loss. Reid retired two batters on strikeouts, but not before allowing three singles and hitting a batter. Just one of the two runs he allowed was earned.
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Read part 1 of the series here, and part 2 here.
We’ve laid out the key decision makers of the Pittsburgh Pirates that have contributed to two of the worst collapses in MLB history- in consecutive years no less (2011 and 2012)! In the conclusion of this 3-part series, this author shares his opinions on who are accountable, from the least responsible to the most.
THROWING IT BACK
Throwin' it back to 1971
The Pittsburgh Pirates have invited the following non-roster players to Spring Training, according to a list given to me today.
Brooks Brown, RHP
Erik Cordier, RHP
Ryan Reid, RHP
Kris Johnson, LHP
Mike Zagurski, LHP
Ali Solis, C
Jared Goedert, 3B
Matt Hague, 1B
Anderson Hernandez, 2B
Darren Ford, OF
Felix Pie, OF
A few of these guys we’ve already heard about at the time of their...
In the Australian Baseball League today, Adelaide split a doubleheader, with both games going extra innings. In game one, the Bite pulled out a 2-1 victory in 11 innings. Three Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch at third base, Justin Howard as the DH and Dylan Child behind the plate. Welch had a rough game, going 0-for-5, with two strikeouts. Child went 0-for...
It’s safe to say that Jason Grilli can be called a journeyman. Over the course of 10 big-league seasons, the 36-year-old has played for six major league teams and countless minor league stops, finding intermittent success along the way.
However, in 2012 Grilli probably had the best season of his career, his second with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Over the course of 58 2/3 innings,...
The Pirates have their catcher. They also have their setup man. Still, there's plenty left on general manager Neal Huntington's to-do list before the team reports for spring training in two months.
Pittsburgh signed former New York Yankee catcher Russell Martin to take over behind the plate and brought back reliever Jason Grilli. The Pirates remain in the market for another...
One of the goals of the Pittsburgh Pirates this winter was to re-sign relief pitcher Jason Grilli. On Wednesday the Pirates signed the 36-year-old to a two year deal worth $6.75 million.
Over the last two seasons Grilli has a 2.76 ERA and has recorded 127 strikeouts in 91 innings.
Early reports had teams offering Grilli a chance to close for them even though he has recorded just...
The Pittsburgh Pirates answered one question by re-signing setup reliever Jason Grilli as a free agent. However, that move creates another question. Will Joel Hanrahan be the Pirates' closer on Opening Day? Now that the Pirates signed Grilli to a two-year, $6.75 million contract, they have more flexibility to pursue a trade of Hanrahan. Grilli, 37, has just five saves in...
Last night, the All-Stars from the Dominican Winter League and the Venezuelan League squared off against each other, with the Dominican team securing an 8-2 victory. The Pirates organization was represented by one player on each side, infielder Alex Valdez for the Dominican team and pitcher Ryan Reid for Venezuela.
Valdez came in during the bottom of the fourth as a defensive replacement...
General manager Neal Huntington readily admits the Pirates probably made their biggest splash of the offseason when they signed free agent catcher Russell Martin.
In Australian Baseball League action from today, three Pirates players were in the starting lineup for Adelaide, as they rolled to a 6-1 victory. Stefan Welch collected the only hit of the group, going 1-for-4, with a walk. Justin Howard went 0-for-3, also drawing a walk. Dylan Child was behind the plate again, going 0-for-2, with a sacrifice bunt. He threw out one of the three attempted...
The Pirates are often criticized for having a slow approach at promoting prospects through the levels. That’s not accurate criticism. There are plenty of examples where they’ve made aggressive promotions. The decision to send Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Willy Garcia, and Jose Osuna to West Virginia this year was aggressive. Sending Luis Heredia to the GCL at the age of 16,...
The Detroit Tigers signed Anibal Sanchez today, which has led to a lot of speculation that Rick Porcello could become available in a trade. Jim Bowden reports that the Pirates are one of the teams interested in Porcello.
Pirates and Padres are amongst the teams interested in Rick Porcello who becomes available after the Tigers resigned Anibal Sanchez to 5yrdl
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm...