DUKE WELKER NEWS

Pirates' Welker among those vying for bullpen spots in spring training

Before he really thought of himself as a member of the Minnesota Twins, Duke Welker was back in a Pirates uniform. At the end of August, the Pirates swapped outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later to the Twins for first baseman Justin Morneau. The trade was finalized Oct. 5 when Welker was sent to Minnesota. The regular season was over, so Welker didn't pitch...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates stay out of early frenzy

This year, the fun of Major League Baseball's winter meetings began a week early. Team executives, scouts and agents will begin descending on the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., for the annual meetings after a busy week of signings and trades. The meetings begin Monday. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury already found a home, agreeing to terms with the New York Yankees...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

News and notes: Welker, Johnson, Spring Training

Some news and notes as we continue to head in to the hot stove season… The Bucs have been identified as one of the finalists to land free agent pitcher Josh Johnson. The righty is coming off a very poor season, which also included some injury problems. He’s capable of being a front-line starter, though, and is a strong bounce-back candidate for several valid reasons…and the...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Blockbuster Alert: Johnson!

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced a deal that includes a pitcher named Johnson.  Kris Johnson. Johnson will be sent to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a favorite of mine, Duke Welker. Needless to say I’m pretty pumped about this, admittedly, minor deal. I like Johnson too, but he’s a bit old, and the Pirates…
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins acquire pitcher Kris Johnson in trade with Pirates

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins on Tuesday acquiredleft-handed pitcher Kris Johnson from Pittsburgh. In exchange, the Twins sentpitcher Duke Welker -- originally acquired by the Pirates in October -- back toPittsburgh.The 29-year-old Johnson made his major league debut lastyear with the Pirates and appeared in four games, including one start. He was0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in 10 innings...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Re-Acquire Duke Welker for Kris Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired right-handed pitcher Duke Welker in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson, per a team press release. Welker was sent to the Twins after the season as a player to be named later in the deal that brought Justin Morneau to the Pirates. Johnson joined the Pirates in August as a reliever, after putting up some impressive numbers in Triple...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 10/7/13

It’s Monday. Have fun with that. Josh Freeman is coming to the Vikings. He will not be the long term QB, if his 1 year contract is any indication. This is exactly what I was afraid of with the Richardson trade. The Twins officially added Duke Welker as part of the Justin Morneau trade. SCOREBOARD NFL San Francisco 34, Houston 3 – The Colts are definitely going to the playoffs, right?
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins officially acquire P Welker to complete Morneau deal

The Minnesota Twins have added the final piece of the Justin Morneau trade. The team announced Saturday that it acquired right-hander Duke Welker from Pittsburgh as the player to be named later in the trade. Welker 27 made his major league debut this season with the Pirates but appeared in just two games. The 6-foot-7 right-hander spent nearly the entire 2013 season with Triple...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins officially acquire P Welker to complete Morneau deal

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have added the final piece of the Justin Morneau trade. The team announced Saturday that it acquired right-hander Duke Welker from Pittsburgh as the player to be named later in the trade. Welker, 27, made his major league debut this season with the Pirates but appeared in just two games. The 6-foot-7 right-hander spent nearly the entire 2013 season...
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October 05, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Morneau For Two Players Who Barely Made It Out Of A-Ball

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Justin Morneau today for Alex Presley and a PTBNL, who is reportedly Duke Welker. For our analysis on the first part of the deal, check out the trade article. I was thinking about the two players involved in the deal, and thinking about how they got to where they were. First, this is another deal where the Pirates are getting short-term help, but not...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Austin Meadows Homers in First Game With Jamestown

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Duke Welker is Reportedly the PTBNL in the Justin Morneau Trade

Duke Welker is reportedly the PTBNL. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Tom Singer reports that MLB.com sources say Duke Welker is the player to be named later in the Justin Morneau trade. The Pirates sent Alex Presley and a PTBNL to acquire Morneau earlier today. After the trade, Neal Huntington said that the PTBNL would be a “legitimate piece”. Welker is certainly a legitimate piece...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Acquire Pitcher Doug Mathis From the Marlins

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right handed pitcher Doug Mathis from the Marlins for a PTBNL or cash. Mathis has spent parts of three seasons in the majors, combining for a 4.84 ERA in 87.1 innings, with a 4.5 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9. His last season in the majors was in 2010 at the age of 27. This year he has been pitching in Triple-A, with a 3.85 ERA in 114.2 innings, along with...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: You Can Never Have Too Much Depth

If you want to point to one reason why the Pittsburgh Pirates have been so successful this year, the most obvious reason would be their pitching. I talked about the pitching last night, pointing out how the Pirates are only projected to spend $36.5 M for the number one ranked pitching staff in baseball. But digging deeper into the success of the pitching staff, we can see the real...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: Kingham Goes For Altoona Tonight

Nick Kingham will get the start tonight for Altoona, coming off his last outing, which was cut short by rain. The Jamestown game was suspended in the third inning with the Jammers up 1-0 over Auburn. The game will be completed before the start of today’s regularly scheduled game. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Steeltalk Q&A talks Pittsburgh Pirates with Sports-Media Icon Stan Savaran

As of July 4, 2013 (9:20 am EST) the Pittsburgh Pirates have crossed the halfway point of the season and display a record of 83 – 52. One of the hottest teams in baseball Pittsburgh went 15 – 5 in their last 20 games and currently hold a 2 game lead atop the NL Central. In a blog I wrote last week I asked what makes this season different from past seasons, which saw the Pirates...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: Seven Games On The Holiday Schedule

It may be a holiday for most people, but there are still seven games on the minor league schedule today. Only Bradenton has the day off. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: A Busy Saturday For The System

Altoona had the second game of their doubleheader rained out last night. They will try to play two again tonight. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found...
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June 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Indianapolis Makes Room For Sanchez and Welker

Ali Solis was sent back to Altoona. A few minor league moves from the last two days, most of which are a chain reaction from the moves between the Pirates and Indianapolis. **Zack Thornton was assigned to Double-A after Duke Welker was optioned to Indianapolis. **With Tony Sanchez back in Indianapolis, Ali Solis has been assigned to Double-A. **Altoona sent Oscar Tejeda to Indianapolis...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Aiming for the perfect West Coast swing

The Pirates are 4-0 on their trip to Anaheim and Seattle and Felix Hernandez is starting against them today. This would seem like a good opportunity to say, "This has been a pretty successful trip, no matter what happens this afternoon." I'm not going to say that, of course, because I want the Pirates to win as many games as possible and Seattle is not that great of...
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June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeanmar Gomez Activated From the DL; Duke Welker Optioned

Jeanmar Gomez has been activated from the DL. Photo Credit: David Hague The Pirates have activated Jeanmar Gomez from the disabled list and have optioned Duke Welker to Triple-A. We knew Gomez was going to be activated today, as he was scheduled to start against the Mariners and Felix Hernandez. Welker being optioned isn’t a big surprise. He was the last guy added to the bullpen...
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June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Vic Black Activated From the Indianapolis DL

Vic Black has been activated from the disabled list. About a month ago, Vic Black was placed on the Indianapolis Indians disabled list with a left-oblique injury. The right-hander was activated from the disabled list today. The Pirates probably won’t have any immediate need for Black. They’ve got Duke Welker and Ryan Reid in the majors right now, and one of those two will probably...
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June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Beat Angels in 10-9 Thriller: What We Learned

Morton got 13 of his 28 batters to hit ground balls in Sunday’s victory. It would be difficult to describe all the important events of the Pirates’ 10-9 extra-innings victory to sweep the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Frankly, any such description would not do justice to the most exciting game of the 2013 season. Instead of trying to re-tell all that happened, let’s treat...
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June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates 10, Angels 9

So far there is plenty of reason to think that this 2013 Pirates season will a special one, but Sunday’s game definitely had a “team of destiny” feel to it. The Bucs pulled off a dramatic rally and just barely held on to complete a ridiculous win and a sweep of Angels. Most of this game was a total mess. Charlie Morton had a typical Charlie Morton start from the days of old...
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June 23, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH

This week’s podcast went up today, and on the show we talked about whether Gregory Polanco or Jameson Taillon should come up in September. The argument for Taillon was that the Pirates should be “all hands on deck”, and he could provide value out of the bullpen with a 99 MPH fastball and a plus curveball. At one point in the conversation, I mentioned something along the lines...
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June 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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