Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Minor League Free Agents

The following players have elected minor league free agency, per Baseball America. RHP: Mike Crotta (AAA), Jose Diaz (AAA), Kris Harvey (AA), Logan Kensing (AAA), Daniel McCutchen (AAA), Doug Salinas (HiA), Tim Wood (AAA) LHP: Jo-Jo Reyes (AAA) C: Jose Morales (AAA), Miguel Perez (AAA) 1B: Jeff Clement (AAA), Nick Evans (AAA), Jeff Larish (AAA), Christian Marrero (AAA), Gerlis...
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November 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Rick VandenHurk, Jeff Locke Receive Indianapolis Awards

The Indians gave out the team awards after the game tonight: Most Valuable Player — Rick VandenHurk.  He finishes the regular season with a 13-5 record and a 2.92 ERA in 19 starts (plus two relief appearances) for the Indians. Starting Pitcher of the Year — Jeff Locke.  Locke went 10-5 for the Tribe with a 2.48 ERA, leading the team with 24 starts and 131 strikeouts.  He also...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Starling Marte and Tim Wood Named to IL All-Star Team

The International League announced their postseason All-Star rosters this week, and two Indianapolis Indians were named to the squad. Starling Marte and Tim Wood both received the honors, with Wood making the list for the second year in a row. Marte hit for a .286/.347/.500 line in 388 at-bats with Indianapolis, before being promoted to the majors in late July. Prior to his promotion...
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August 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Has Three Hits as Indians Slip Past Toledo

Indianapolis Indians  4,  Toledo Mud Hens  3 (Box)   Brock Holt went 3-for-5 at the plate, with 3 singles. A ninth inning rally by the Mud Hens made things a little worrisome for the Indians tonight at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio, but closer Tim Wood held on to the thin lead.  The Indians took the win over the Mud Hens, and Wood earned his 21st Save of the season.  Starter...
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August 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians Can’t Support A Strong Effort By VandenHurk

Rochester Red Wings  2,  Indianapolis Indians  1 (Box)   Tim Wood took the loss in the 10th inning. A double and an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave the Rochester Red Wings an extra-inning win over the Indianapolis Indians at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY tonight.  With closer Tim Wood on the mound for the Indians and two out, Rochester SS Brian Dozier lifted a fly...
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August 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Have Several Prospects on Baseball America’s Best Tools List

Starling Marte was named the best hitting prospect in the International League. Last week, Baseball America released their best tools list for players in full season leagues. The Pirates had a lot of players who ended up on the various lists, with top prospects Starling Marte, Jameson Taillon, Gerrit Cole, Alen Hanson, and Gregory Polanco taking honors in their respective leagues...
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August 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Twins 10, Pirates 0

Well, I’d say the Twins got sufficient revenge from the beatdown the other day in Fort Myers. At the plate: The Pirates were hitless until the eighth inning. Brandon Boggs broke up the impending no-no with a single, and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Twins starter Francisco Liriano struck out six in five innings. On the mound: Charlie Morton had a rough day...
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March 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates at Red Sox

Pirates (2-4) at Red Sox (3-1) 7:05 PM EST–JetBlue Park, Fort Myers TV: MLB Network, MLB.TV Here is the MLB.com Gameday The Bucs are under the lights tonight, taking on the Red Sox down in Fort Myers. For the first time this year, Pittsburghers can watch them play live–the game will be on the MLB Network. Pirates pitchers: Shairon Martis, Tony Watson, Daniel McCutchen, Chris...
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March 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates at Orioles

Pirates (0-2) at Orioles (1-0) 7:05 PM EST–Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota TV: MASN, MLB.TV Audio: MLB.com Here is the MLB.com Gameday The Bucs are under the lights tonight as they take on the Orioles for the first time this spring. If you subscribe to MLB.TV or if you live in the Baltimore/DC area and get MASN, you can watch the Pirates tonight. The audio on MLB.com should be free...
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March 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Day 10 of Spring Training

Good morning from Pirate City. – Today’s scheduled pitchers to throw live BP: Field 1: A.J. Burnett, Jeff Locke, Logan Kensing, Tim Wood Field 2: Jeff Karstens, Daniel Moskos, Bryan Morris, Mike Crotta Field 3: Kyle McPherson, Rudy Owens, Jared Hughes Field 4: Kevin Correia, Gerrit Cole, Justin Wilson, Duke Welker The pitchers will throw “two innings”, 18 pitches per inning...
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February 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Day Eight of Spring Training

Good morning from Pirate City. – Right-hander Charlie Morton is the only pitcher scheduled for a bullpen session today. – Duke Welker, Rudy Owens, Jared Hughes, Tony Watson, Mike Crotta, and James McDonald are scheduled for early work (8:45 AM) in the bullpen. Tomorrow Jeff Locke, Daniel Moskos, Logan Kensing, Tim Wood, Kyle McPherson and Bryan Morris are scheduled for early...
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February 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Day Seven of Spring Training

Good morning from Pirate City. –The Pirates added two games to the spring training schedule. A “B” game against the Minnesota Twins at Pirate City on March 10. They also will play the Netherlands (International baseball) in St. Pete on March 12. –The list for live batting practice isn’t up yet today. However groups C and D should go today. Those players include: Group...
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February 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Depth — Pitching, Part 2 (Upper Level Relievers)

Bullpens don’t work quite the same way in the minors as they do in the majors. Most teams, including the Pirates, prefer to develop their pitching prospects as starters. The Pirates won’t normally move a pitcher to the bullpen until it becomes clear that starting isn’t in the cards for that pitcher, either due to health concerns or other reasons. This can happen with some pitchers...
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January 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues 11/17: Hague Walks Four Times

Thursday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este 8, Estrellas de Oriente 6 Following his two hit game on Wednesday night, Matt Hague had another interesting game for the Bulls.  Hague went 1-for-1 with a run scored, and walked four times in the 8-6 victory.  Pedro Ciriaco started at shortstop and went 2-for-4 with a run scored...
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November 18, 2011  |  Discuss

This Date in Pirates History: November 16

On this date in 1950 the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Dale Long and George Metkovich in the rule V draft. Long was selected from the New York Yankees organization while Metkovich was taken from Oakland in the Pacific Coast League. Long lasted just ten games in 1951 with the Pirates before he was put on waivers, where he was selected by the St Louis Browns. He lasted all of 34 games...
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November 16, 2011  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues 11/13 –

Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action for Sunday; the Australians are off again until later in the week.   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Leones de Ponce  5,  Indios de Mayaguez  4 Los Indios posted 4 runs in the 2nd inning, but Ponce came from behind for the win.  Ponce had scored one run in each for the 1st and 2nd innings, when Los Indios started their rally with a...
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November 13, 2011  |  Discuss

Pirates Sign Tim Wood

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed reliever Tim Wood to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, per a team press release.  Wood played in the Pirates’ organization in 2011, including throwing eight innings in the majors.    In his time in AAA he put up some impressive numbers, with a 2.84 ERA in 44.1 innings, along with a 32:12 K/BB ratio.  He...
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November 01, 2011  |  Discuss
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