A few notes from today:
-Dejan Kovacevic reports that three prospects will be out until mid-season. Those prospects are Brett Lorin (hip surgery), Colton Cain (minor back surgery), and Zach Fuesser (broken finger). Lorin is the biggest loss in my opinion, mostly because I didn’t expect Cain to pitch that much until mid-season, kind of like the approach we saw from Quinton Miller last year. Fuesser is more of a relief pitching prospect, although the Pirates thought enough of him to give him a $125,000 bonus as a 34th round pick.
-Kovacevic was also at minor league camp, and noted the following international prospects who are in Bradenton:
Andury Acevedo, Eric Avila, Jonathan Barrios, Jorge Bishop, Exicardo Cayones, Ping-Hung Chi, Sheng-Cin Hong, Chih-Wei Su, Daan Cornelissen, Emmanuel DeLeon, Elias Diaz, Joely Rodriguez and Junior Sosa.
Kovacevic suggests that this group will probably remain in the US this year, even if it means making their debut in the GCL at mid-season. I’m looking forward to Avila, Bishop, and Cayones making their debuts in the states.
-According to Baseball America, the Pirates have released Chris Aure. Aure was their 15th round pick in the 2008 draft out of Alaska. I seem to remember Aure being hurt last year, and considering that he’s only pitched 33 innings since being drafted, I might be right. Sorry, it’s late and I’m tired.
-Some mid-week draft prospect updates: Bryce Brentz went 2 for 5 with his third homer of the season on Tuesday. It was also his third homer in the last four games. Brentz is batting for a .387/.424/.710 line with a homer every 10.33 at-bats in 31 at-bats in the month of March so far. His next game is Friday. Christian Colon continued his struggles, going 0-for-3, dropping his average to .186. He is 1-for-19 in the month of March.
-Darren Pare of the Associated Content has his Spring Training look at the Pirates.