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Huntington Notes on the Bench Battle, Final Rotation Spot, Kang, Richard, and Stewart

The Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts today, sending 12 players to minor league camp. None of the moves were that surprising, as every single player sent down was expected to be cut from big league camp at some point this Spring. The one notable name was Jose Tabata. He wasn’t notable because he had a strong chance to make the team, but he was notable because of...
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8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Cut 12 Players From Major League Camp

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a big round of cuts today, sending the following players to the minors. Jose Tabata Steve Lombardozzi Charlie Leesman Josh Wall Bobby LaFromboise Deolis Guerra Brad Lincoln Gorkys Hernandez Brent Morel Gustavo Nunez Sebastian Valle Deibinson Romero LaFromboise was optioned to Indianapolis, while everyone else was reassigned to minor league camp. More to come.
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Notes: Injury Updates on McCutchen, Tabata, Stewart; Kang to Get Time at Second Base

Here are some evening updates after the Pirates game against the Tigers, with several injury notes, and a few positional notes. **Jose Tabata left tonight’s game after fouling a ball off his ankle. He left the game during the at-bat, and was carted off the field mid-inning. After the game, Clint Hurdle said that he had X-rays, which came back negative, and that he had a left ankle...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates hit three home runs, beat Tigers 8-7

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Sanchez, Starling Marte and Willy Garcia homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Detroit Tigers 8-7 Wednesday night. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen missed his fifth straight game because of lower body soreness. Outfielder Jose Tabata fouled a pitch off his left foot in the third inning and left the game on a golf cart. Marte also doubled...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates hit 3 HRs, beat Tigers 8-7

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Tony Sanchez, Starling Marte and Willy Garcia homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Detroit Tigers 8-7 Wednesday night. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen missed his fifth straight game because of lower body soreness. Outfielder Jose Tabata fouled a pitch off his left foot in the third inning and left the game on a golf cart. Marte also doubled...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Game time

The spring training action is heating up, and it’s finally time for some game action – the annual intrasquad scrimmage took place on Monday and then Grapefruit League play begins on Tuesday as the Bucs take on the Blue Jays (and our old buddy Russell Martin). Even before the games got started, there was no shortage of storylines over the past week: The Andrew McCutchen extension...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Corey Hart Out a Few Days After Cutting His Foot in a Whirlpool

The Pirates kicked off Spring Training action today with their Black and Gold intrasquad game. Team Black beat Team Gold 2-1, thanks to a fourth inning RBI single from Andrew Lambo, followed shortly by a sacrifice fly from Jose Tabata to bring home the eventual winning run. Nick Kingham threw a scoreless inning to start the game, and Gregory Polanco picked up two hits, including...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

The Details of Jose Tabata’s New Swing

On Friday I wrote about how Jose Tabata talked to Marlon Byrd over the off-season, aimed at changing his swing to add some leverage, lift the ball, and avoid hitting grounders and weak line drives. So far the results have been encouraging during batting practice, with Tabata now showing the ability to pull the ball, including several big home runs to left field during batting practice...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Almost game time

The spring training action is heating up, and it’s almost time for some game action – the annual intrasquad scrimmage will happen today (Monday) and then Grapefruit League play begins on Tuesday. Even though the games haven’t started yet, there has been no shortage of storylines over the past week. The Andrew McCutchen extension talk, in my eyes, is not one of them, however...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: In the Best Shape of His Life

Spring Training is a wonderfully optimistic time. Most players enter a new season by picking up where they left off the year before, and the assumption is that they will pick up where they left off, or they will improve. Then you’ve got the other group — the guys who struggled. You don’t want to think that this group will have another down year. You want to see if something...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Announce Their Starting Pitchers For the First Three Spring Training Games

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their final day at Pirate City today, and will head over to McKechnie Field tomorrow to start their game schedule. Tomorrow kicks off the schedule with the Black and Gold scrimmage, which is a five and a half inning game. I posted the rosters and the pitchers for each team earlier today. The schedule against other teams will start on Wednesday at Toronto...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Tabata Changed His Swing After Talking With Marlon Byrd

Yesterday, Jose Tabata put one on the roof of the batting cages over the left-field fence at Pirate City. Today, he added two more. By that pattern, he should hit three over the high fence in left in batting practice tomorrow. It’s only batting practice, but the power to left field is surprising. Tabata didn’t hit any home runs in 186 plate appearances in the majors last year...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

NRIs For Morel and Tabata, Kang Scouting Report, Harrison’s Future, Win Now vs Win Later

The MLB.com transactions page has Brent Morel and Jose Tabata receiving invites to Spring Training. Earlier in the week we learned that Tabata was invited to camp. Morel isn’t a surprise, since he played in Pittsburgh last year, is still in their minor league system, and is currently participating in mini camp. The other day I uploaded the 2015 Spring Training tracker. Morel has...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

First Pitch: What Does Jung-Ho Kang Need to Do to Justify His Deal?

There was a report today that the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a deal with Jung-Ho Kang for $16 M over four years, including an option for a fifth year. The full details aren’t out yet, so we don’t know the breakdown of the deal, how the option year works, or whether the deal is actually confirmed for $16 M over four years. We also don’t know what type of production Jung-Ho...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Yhonathan Barrios Among Notable Rule 5 Players Available

J.J. Cooper at Baseball America put together a list of the notable players available in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. No Pittsburgh Pirates players were among the top ten players available, but two got mentioned as notable options. Jose Tabata got mentioned based solely on his contract, while Yhonathan Barrios was among the hardest throwing pitchers that weren’t protected. Cooper...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Right Field Led to Unlikely Breakouts, But the Future is Gregory Polanco

Heading into the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were sticking with internal options in right field, just waiting for Gregory Polanco to arrive in the majors. Polanco was the long-term solution for the Pirates, completing their Dream Outfield along with Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. The Pirates opted to go with Travis Snider and Jose Tabata, two outfielders who struggled...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Tabata Outrighted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that outfielder Jose Tabata has been outrighted to Indianapolis. He was designated for assignment last Friday and cleared waivers. Due to his contract, it’s no surprise that he has now cleared waivers twice this year. Tabata is owed over $9 M in the next two seasons, which means he will likely accept the assignment to AAA, rather than elect...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

News and notes: Guilmet, Tabata, Mazzaro, McGuiness

Sadly we are at the point where boring, nearly meaningless news like this warrants a post, as opposed to more postseason action. Oh well. The Pirates acquired relief pitcher Preston Guilmet from Baltimore for cash considerations. Guilmet has had a few short, unimpressive major league stints but has impressive K/BB numbers in the minors. You never know who will come out of the scrum...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Tabata Designated For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Jose Tabata for assignment, according to the MLB.com transactions page (h/t MLBTR). Tabata was outrighted earlier this season, after going unclaimed on waivers. The outfielder is unlikely to be claimed this time around, since the same conditions exist as last time. He’s got a horrible contract, with over $9 M due to him over the next two...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates’ Pitching Turnaround

Back in early June, I wrote about Pittsburgh’s impending recall of Gregory Polanco, with the viewpoint that while he would be a welcome upgrade over Travis Snider and Jose Tabata in right field, he wasn’t going to single-handedly save the Pirates’ season, since he wasn’t a pitcher. Or as I put it at the time: They […]
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers 1, Pirates 0

A huge crowd was smelling blood on Saturday night – especially after another episode of Andrew McCutchen HBP drama – and a win to put the Brewers away would have made for another brilliant scene. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as the Pirates wasted a great night of pitching and lost the game with a couple of tough breaks late. This could have been Edinson Volquez‘s final...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Harrison plays Reds killer, Volquez loses no-no in 7th

  Josh Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabata's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Harrison had three hits in the Pirates' sixth win in eight games. Tabata, starting in right field for the injured Travis Snider, finished with two hits. Pirates starter Edinson Volquez was...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Harrison helps Pirates edge Reds 2-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Josh Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabata's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Harrison had three hits in the Pirates' sixth win in eight games. Tabata, starting in right field for the injured Travis Snider, finished with two hits. Pirates starter Edinson...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Harrison helps Pirates edge Reds 2-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Josh Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabata's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Harrison had three hits in the Pirates' sixth win in eight games. Tabata, starting in right field for the injured Travis Snider, finished with two hits. Pirates starter Edinson...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Harrison helps Pirates edge Reds 2-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Josh Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabata's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Harrison had three hits in the Pirates' sixth win in eight games. Tabata, starting in right field for the injured Travis Snider, finished with two hits. Pirates starter Edinson...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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