George Springer continues to be the power hitter the Houston Astros were waiting to see, but his average sits at just .245. Gregory Polanco is hitting .288, but just 3 XBH for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Oscar Taveras was called up by the St. Louis Cardinals for the 2nd time, and Jon Singleton is hitting under .200. Those are your top prospects who have made it to the Big Leagues...
Dan Haren outdueled Cleveland’s best starter in Corey Kluber in a 1-0 victory on Monday night. More importantly, the victory put the Dodgers in first place all by themselves for the first time since late April.
Haren allowed just one hit — an infield single to Michael Bourn, a play that was originally ruled “out” by the first base umpire. After a manager’s review, the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dan Haren pitched one-hit ball over seven innings -- a single that was awarded to Michael Bourn after a video review -- and rookie Clint Robinson had a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh as the Los Angeles Dodgers opened their interleague series against the Cleveland Indians with a 1-0 victory on Monday night.
The defending NL West champion Dodgers took over...
Well, sure, okay. A few hours ago, I wondered who might get sent down when the Dodgers activated Juan Uribe tomorrow, and I figured that Carlos Triunfel or Jamie Romak were the two most likely options. I didn’t figure that a move to cut one of them would happen today, on the final day of the road trip… and I certainly didn’t expect that Clint Robinson, of all people, would...
There isn’t much depth behind Adrian Gonzalez at 1B. (By: Dustin Nosler)
Scott Van Slyke
The Pirates made some moves on Monday – not big ones, but still somewhat notable. They acquired outfielder Jaff Decker and reliever Miles Mikolas from the Padres, sending them prospect Clint Robinson in exchange. Decker and Mikolas were both added to the 40-man roster, so to make room, the Bucs designated Kyle McPherson and Garrett Jones for assignment.
The three guys in the trade...
The Fall Instructional Leagues (“instructs”) will start at the end of this month, starting on September 16th and ending October 19th. Instructs is a time for the minor league players to review their 2013 seasons, add new pitches, refine old pitches, or add new positions on the field. It’s also a chance to get extra playing time, with games taking place against other teams,...
A lot of the time when the Pirates make minor moves at the Major League level, they’re dismissed as not being a big deal. The club traded for John McDonald, rather than adding Jordy Mercer or Ivan De Jesus Jr. to the active roster. Looking at that move individually, it’s not a horrible thing. They added a strong defensive shortstop, and have more depth. But when you start to...
I’ve been piecing together the minor league starting rotations, as well as the starting lineups. I’ve confirmed the rotations and the lineups with people in the Pirates’ front office. There are still some things that could change, specifically in this case with Clint Robinson being claimed. For the most part things are set. Below are the lineups, and the rotations can be seen...
Per the Toronto Blue Jays’ Twitter account, first baseman Clint Robinson was claimed off waivers today.
.@bluejays have claimed RHP ALEX BURNETT (@aburnett31) off waivers from the #Twins and 1B CLINT ROBINSON from the #Pirates.
— Blue Jays-Official(@BlueJays) March 29, 2013
It seems like Toronto always claims Pirates players on waivers. I’m not sure yet how this will impact...
The cuts from major league camp left the Pittsburgh Pirates with a lot of options at the Triple-A level. Those options ended up holding a few players back in Altoona for the 2013 season. Early in minor league camp, the Pirates were playing Matt Curry, Adalberto Santos, and Andrew Lambo with the Triple-A squad. After the late cuts, all three were pushed back to Altoona. That created...
Clint Robinson was designated for assignment for Brandon Inge.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have added Jonathan Sanchez and Brandon Inge to the 40-man roster today. To make room, the team designated Hunter Strickland and Clint Robinson for assignment. Robinson was DFAd to make room for Inge, while Strickland was DFAd for Sanchez.
The Pirates added Strickland to the 40-man this off-season...
Some quick Bucs notes from the past week:
World Baseball Classic:
Jason Grilli did not make an appearance in the second round, as Team Italy foolishly failed to use him while blowing two late leads to get knocked out of the tournament. The Italians tried waiting until the ninth to use their closer, but lost the lead before the ninth against both the Dominican Republic and Puerto...
Here is a look at today’s lineups for the minor league games. The teams will be taking on Toronto’s farm system this afternoon. The upper level teams are on the road, which means I’ll be watching the lower level guys at Pirate City. I’ve included the lineups, pitchers, and some notes on a few players below.
Matt Curry is playing with the Triple-A team for now.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first cuts of Spring Training. So far they have cut four players today, with those players being Hunter Strickland, Vic Black, Matt Hague, and Clint Robinson. That could be all for now, but no word on that yet. I’ll update this when more information becomes available.
UPDATE 8:00 AM: Add Duke Welker and Stolmy Pimentel to the list of cuts...
SPRINGDALE, AR – The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are proud to announce the creation of the Naturals Hall of Fame. Four former notable Naturals will appear on the first ballot. Fans, prominent community members and local media members will be voting and collaborating to determine the first member of the Naturals Hall of Fame.
“We want to recognize individuals for their accomplishments...
Boston's Jon Lackey retired the Pittsburgh Pirates on eight pitches in the first inning. Then he labored through a 35-pitch second inning.
''After the first inning being so quick, I definitely needed to throw a few pitches,'' Lackey said after the Red Sox routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-6 Thursday. ''It was more about getting up and down a couple times...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2013
The Pirates, still early in spring training, ran some light drills on Tuesday morning. The regimen consisted mainly of drilling the pitchers on backing up bases, fielding grounders, and numerous pitchers throwing briefly to hitters. Among the pitchers getting some mound work were A.J. Burnett, James McDonald, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and Jeff...
The Francisco Liriano deal was finalized today as a major league deal. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates outrighted right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro to Triple-A. Mazzaro was acquired from the Kansas City Royals earlier in the off-season, along with Clint Robinson, in exchange for rookie ball pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico. Mazzaro was out of options. He will now...
The Pirates have a lot of 1B/OF options, but plenty of room for all of them. — Image Credit: Mark Olson
The Pittsburgh Pirates have added a lot of 1B/OF options for their major league squad in the last year. They traded for Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez at the trade deadline. They acquired Clint Robinson in a minor trade with Kansas City. Starling Marte made the jump to the majors...
Could Garrett Jones be the next to go? – Photo by Mark Olson
After Jason Grilli was signed, we waited for the other shoe to drop with a Joel Hanrahan trade. Now that the Hanrahan trade is completed, we’re left waiting for another shoe to drop. One of the big returns in the deal was Jerry Sands, who joins a crowded corner outfield/first base situation. That crowded situation already...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted first baseman Matt Hague to Indianapolis, according to the MLB.com transactions page. It appears the move happened at the end of last week, although I don’t believe it was announced and this is the first I’ve noticed it. Hague was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates acquired Zach Stewart, Vin Mazzaro, and Clint Robinson...
Tomorrow night at midnight is the deadline to tender contracts for the 2013 season. Any player who does not have a contract — arbitration eligible players and players with 1-3 years of service time — must be tendered an offer by the deadline, or be non-tendered. If a player is non-tendered, he immediately becomes a free agent.
The tender deadline isn’t a big deal for guys making...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. Three Moves That Just Happened, Mostly
2. GIF: Cory Burns’s Actual Real Changeup
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Mexican Pacific League
Three Moves That Just Happened, Mostly
Here are three moves that happened yesterday (Wednesday), so far as the author can tell.
Pittsburgh Acquires Clint Robinson...
I'm a little behind the eight-ball on this one, but the Pirates made a flurry of roster moves this afternoon that are worth at least talking a little bit about even if I end up being the last person on the internet to weigh in on them. First up, they traded Luis Rico and Luis Santos to the Royals for Vin Mazzaro and Clint Robinson, then designated Matt Hague and Yamaico Navarro...