First Pitch: How Being a Contender Changes Spring Training Decisions

The next few weeks might introduce uncharted territory for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In previous years around this point in Spring Training, we’d see at least one of the following scenarios playing out: 1. The Pirates would be picking up players via trade or waivers from teams that had too many options and couldn’t possibly keep all of those players. 2. The Pirates would construct...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were one or two bullpen spots available when camp began, and the last few weeks have seen certain players step up to become favorites for those roles, while other players look to be playing their way off the team. Here is a look...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Domonic Brown hit perhaps the most meaningless homer ever

In the Phillies’ 3-2 win over the Pirates on Wednesday, Domonic Brown hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Good for him. It’s a Spring Training homer, but whatever. But when Brown homered, the Phillies were already winning 3-2. And it was the bottom of the ninth. Huh? Something’s off here. I’ll let the Phillies’ website explain what happened. John Holdzkom...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Domonic Brown hit perhaps the most meaningless homer ever

In the Phillies’ 3-2 win over the Pirates on Wednesday, Domonic Brown hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Good for him. It’s a Spring Training homer, but whatever. But when Brown homered, the Phillies were already winning 3-2. And it was the bottom of the ninth. Huh? Something’s off here. I’ll let the Phillies’ website explain what happened. John Holdzkom...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Stolmy Pimentel < 500

The Stolmy Pimentel Story is a pretty straightforward in 2015. He had a rough go of 2014 and spent time bouncing between the bullpen and the disabled list, because he was out of options. The Pirates wanted to hang on to him at all costs, though, because in the 32 2/3 innings that he did pitch with the Pirates, he struck out 38 hitters and threw his fastball 93.3 mph on average. The...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes

Following the Steve Lombardozzi deal the other day, the Pirates made a few other minor trades later in the week: They acquired pitcher Arquimedes Caminero from the Marlins for cash. Caminero has a heck of a name, but he isn’t likely to make the squad – although he could force his way into the mix for the last bullpen spot since he is out of options. He throws hard and has appeared...
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February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Playoff Teams Are Set in the Dominican

The regular season in the Dominican Republic wrapped up on Sunday. The league is now off until Saturday(12/27), when the top four teams will compete in the round robin tournament, which consists of 18 games for each team. The two best from the round robin tournament go on to a championship series and the winner of that series will head to the Caribbean Series, where they will meet...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Throws Six Shutout Innings

Friday night was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates news in winter league, but one big story came out of the Dominican. Stolmy Pimentel threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits, no walks and he struck out six batters. Pimentel faced one batter over the minimum. It was a big rebound game for him after he gave up five earned runs over 1.2 innings in his last start. Pimentel has...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Sent Home From Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around

Monday was a very slow day for winter league action. There were only two games on the schedule and one Pittsburgh Pirates player saw action. There was big news however from the Dominican. Tony Sanchez was sent home due to poor performance. That isn’t surprising as he was hitting .100, having issues on defense, and in his last game, he batted ninth and was pinch-hit for in the seventh...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Outpitches Stolmy Pimentel

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they signed Gorkys Hernandez and Deibinson Romero on Monday. Both players are taking part in winter ball, with Hernandez playing in Venezuela and Romero seeing time in the Dominican. Neither player is hitting well so far. Hernandez plays for Caribes de Anzoategui and he is hitting .242/.326/.282 in 36 games. Romero is on Leones del Escogido, where...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Makes Debut, Stolmy Pimentel Throws Gem

Three days worth of winter ball below, as the first two days this week were slow. Action picked up Wednesday, as Stolmy Pimentel had his second straight strong outing and Joely Rodriguez made his winter debut. Monday’s Action In the only game in the Dominican on Monday, Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts. Two other players that spent time in the Pirates...
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November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Strong Performance From Stolmy Pimentel

Coming into Thursday night, Stolmy Pimentel had made four starts and failed to go longer than two innings in three of those games. He had a .364 BAA in those four starts, with seven walks and just four strikeouts. Except for the strikeouts, he really turned things around in his fifth start. Pimentel allowed one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. He had nine ground ball...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Struggles Again, Mel Rojas Jr. Doubles Again

On Friday night in the Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel made his fourth start and continued to struggle. In two innings of work, he gave up just one run, but allowed three hits and three walks. In 9.1 innings, he has given up ten runs on 16 hits and seven walks, while striking out four batters. Pimentel has now made three starts in which he failed to go longer than two innings. Wirfin...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around in the Dominican

Stolmy Pimentel is looking to make up for some lost innings this year by pitching in the Dominican, but he didn’t get much time in on Saturday night. Pimentel gave up five earned runs on six hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He threw a wild pitch and failed to pick up a strikeout. This was the third winter start for him and his ERA now sits at 11.05 through 7.1 innings. Pimentel...
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November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Goes Four Innings in Second Start

Some recaps from the Thursday night west coast games before getting into Friday’s action, which included Stetson Allie returning to the lineup and Stolmy Pimentel going two more innings than his first start. From very late Thursday night in the Mexican League, Carlos Munoz made his winter debut and struck out as a pinch-hitter. He spent the season in the GCL, so this winter league...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Makes His Winter Debut

In the Dominican Saturday night, Stolmy Pimentel made his winter league debut as the starting pitching for Estrellas de Oriente. He went three innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Willy Garcia was in the opposing lineup against Pimentel. He walked in the only meeting between the two Pirates in the game. Garcia finished 2-for-3 with a double...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: A New Focus For the 2014 Draft Picks

Yesterday we focused on the excellent control shown by all 14 college pitchers that the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted. On the offensive side, it looks like they focused on some hitters that could take walks. Jamestown had four batters in the top 21 in the league in walks, while the only college hitter from the 2014 draft on Bristol(Jerrick Suiter) finished second in the league in walks...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates announce full September call-up list

When the Pirates announced that Tony Sanchez and Stolmy Pimentel would join the team on Labor Day, it was understood that there would be a number of additional call-ups in the next 24 hours after Indianapolis’s season officially ended with yesterday’s game. They announced the rest of the call-ups today and while there were two obvious call-ups (Gregory Polanco and Jeff Locke...
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Pirates Draft Picks Are in Control

The Pittsburgh Pirates went heavy with college pitchers this year and they all seemed to have something in common, they could throw strikes. Some of the pitchers they drafted displayed exceptional control, especially the starters at Jamestown. Duncan throws a nice four-pitch mix, topping out at 93 MPH Tyler Eppler, Montana DuRapau, Alex McRae and Frank Duncan led Jamestown in innings...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates recall Cole to start Monday

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole from rookie-level Bristol to start Monday's game against St. Louis. Right-handed relief pitcher Stolmy Pimentel has returned from rehab with Double-A Altoona and has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. Catcher Tony Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Sanchez hit .235 with 17 doubles...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Stolmy Pimentel activated

The Pittsburgh Pirates begin a series against the St. Louis Cardinals today with a record of 71-65, two games behind the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Pirates are geared to make a push at the division title during this final month of the season, as Gerrit Cole will start today and Stolmy Pimentel has been activated from the disabled list....
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

OK, so now THIS is the biggest series of the year

The late afternoon yesterday was not kind to the Pirates: in Pittsburgh, Chris Heisey hit his second home run of the afternoon (and only his seventh of the year!) to help the Reds steal a 3-2 win from the Pirates. In St. Louis, the Cardinals turned a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning into a 9-6 win over the Cubs. The effect was dramatic: instead of being tied with the...
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates put RHP Pimentel on DL, add RHP Axford

WASHINGTON (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle and activated right-handed reliever John Axford. The Pirates made the moves before Friday night's game at Washington. Pittsburgh claimed Axford off waivers Thursday from the Cleveland Indians. The 31-year-old was 2-3 with 10 saves and a 3.92...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

This Baseball is out for Blood

Here’s something you don’t see everyday: an animate object that may or may not be possessed by demons. Last night’s Tigers/Pirates game featured one peculiar play. I’m not one to believe in the supernatural but this is quite the oddity. Watch here as a pitch thrown by Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel proceeds to bounce off the dirt, strike catcher Russell Martin in the...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Jordy Mercer, Stolmy Pimentel, Neil Walker

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to stay in contention for a playoff place but they are going to have to overcome a few injuries if they are going to be playing come October. With Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker currently sidelined, Jordy Mercer joined them as a concern during Thursday's game when he exited with right forearm tightness, while Stolmy Pimentel is heading to the...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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