Nutting: Pirates had 'step back' in '16, but talent is there

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates missed the playoffs last season for the first time in four years, but that won't cause chairman Bob Nutting to abandon the team's steady, build-from-within approach. ''We have not embraced, as many teams have, that you have to go in cycles and you have to commit to five years of a bad team in a rebuilding cycle,'' Nutting said Monday...
Via Associated Press
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nutting: Bucs would love to keep core intact

As the Pirates ramp up their Spring Training workouts, the futures of three organizational pillars remains uncertain. But owner Bob Nutting said Monday that the Bucs would love to keep general manager Neal Huntington, manager Clint Hurdle and right fielder Andrew McCutchen beyond the life of their current contracts.
Via Pirates.com
14 hours ago

Pirates A.M. – Nutting in the house

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Owner Bob Nutting held his annual closed-door meeting w ith the players this morning at Pirate City. After Nutting spoke, president Frank Coonelly talked with them about Pirates Charities. Nutting will meet with the media later today. Stay tuned. >>> I spotted Francisco Cervelli a few minutes before Nutting’s confab. Cervelli, who...
Via Bucco Blog
15 hours ago

Coonelly shares his vision for Pirates' future

Since taking over as club president in September 2007, Frank Coonelly has worked to make the Pirates competitive on the field -- in the present and future -- while increasing their efforts to make a difference off the field.
Via Pirates.com
16 hours ago

Cervelli day to day with right foot pain

Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was removed from the club's workout Sunday morning due to right foot discomfort.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Pirates A.M. — WBC won’t change camp routine

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Manager Clint Hurdle will not alter the camp routine for players who will soon depart for the World Baseball Classic. “We’re going to run our program,” Hurdle said. “If they feel they need something extra, we’ll work with them on it. So far, they all want to go though the regular workouts. Some of them got in work before they got...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Pirates A.M. — Live BP today

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — The first round of live batting practice will be held at 11:30 this morning on all four fields at Pirate City. Pitchers will throw around 18 pitches per inning and no more than 40 total. Fifteen the 16 pitchers will throw two innings; Gerrit Cole will throw one. Field 1: Cole, Jared Hughes, Juan Nicasio, A.J. Schugel Field 2: Ivan Nova, Felipe...
Via Bucco Blog
2 days ago

Andrew McCutchen Googled himself to keep up on trade talk

Andrew McCutchen admits in an essay written for The Players’ Tribune that he took to Googling himself to stay apprised of all the trade talk swirling around him this past offseason.In a piece fittingly entitled, “Dear Pittsburgh,” as it’s a tribute to the only MLB town he’s known and its fans, McCutchen lays out his Pirates career, from his earliest days in the organization...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nova happy to be back with Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Ivan Nova is happy to be back with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nova made that clear in December, when he signed a three-year, $26 million contract. It was obvious again from the smile on Nova's face when he checked into spring training camp Tuesday. It's as plain as the whiskers on his face - something Nova was not allowed to have when was with the New York Yankees...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Hudson gets in some bullpen work with baby in tow

This might be the cutest thing you will see all day.Pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Daniel Hudson, recently had to throw his final bullpen session before heading off to spring training. Still, he was well aware of what his number one job was, and that’s being a father. The 29-year-old and his wife Sara welcomed a baby girl, Baylor Rae, in July of last year. And it looks like...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen has great reaction on move to right field

Andrew McCutchen’s days as the regular center fielder for the Pirates are over.Since making his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 2009, McCutchen has played in 1,190 career games. He has started 1,171 of them in center field. To say the 30-year-old has been a fixture at the position would be an understatement.There had been speculation during the offseason the Pirates would...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung Ho Kang to enter treatment program following DUI arrest

After recommendation, Jung Ho Kang will enter a treatment program following a recent DUI arrest. Kang was arrested in early December for the third time since 2009 in his native South Korea for drunk driving. As a result, his driver’s license has been suspended. The 29-year-old was originally scheduled to participate in this year’s World Baseball Classic. That, however, will...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Glasnow’s Considerable Stride and Crucial Small Steps

A humorous anecdote from the Pirates’ offseason CARE-a-van tour to share with you by way of Stephen Nesbitt from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Recently, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, Tyler Glasnow, heard something pretty funny. He was at a bowling event for Pirates Charities, and one fan piped up with this wisecrack, something about how it would be cool if Glasnow could...
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Pittsburgh Pirates

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston...
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Hudson Starts Anew in Pittsburgh

About one month ago, Daniel Hudson was given his fresh start. After spending the majority of the past seven seasons in Arizona, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed him to a two-year deal totaling $11 million. For what it’s worth, Hudson will make more in 2017 ($5.5 million) than he’s accumulated throughout his eight-year career (roughly $5 million). Of course, it wasn’t always supposed...
Via The Sports Post
January 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Top 21 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which...
Via Fangraphs
January 11, 2017  |  Discuss

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