Pirates Winter League Recap: 11/14-11/20

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up this week.  Here is how the Pirates prospects fared in the final week: -Andrew Lambo played in four games this week, going 1-for-14 (.071) with a double.  Lambo finished the season with a .274/.325/.462 line on the season, with four homers in 106 at-bats. -Tony Sanchez played in two games, going 0-for-7 (.000).  Sanchez finished with a .206/.289/.397 line with four homers in 68 at-bats. -Josh...

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Diaz vs. Ciriaco: A battle for the ages

Argenis Diaz and Pedro Ciriaco are two very similar players on the Pirates 40-man roster. Both are shortstops. Both have been praised for their defensive abilities. And neither are very good at hitting baseballs.

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Gammons: Pirates Offering Big

Peter Gammons relayed a quote from an agent yesterday on the status of the free agent market: Agent:”3 years Buck, Benoit. Pirates, Royals offering big. This is a great market. Angels, Red Sox, Mets could be left behind” To break down the quote, the agent references the three year deals to John Buck and Joaquin Benoit, and mentions that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals are offering big as support that this is...

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Losing Duke, LaRoche and Young

In a somewhat surprising move, the Pirates designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster. It was not surprising that those players were let go, bit I figured the front office would hang on to them until the non-tender deadline in an attempt to make a trade.

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Four Coaching Positions Set

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to name four coaches to Clint Hurdle’s coaching staff.  Those coaches are Ray Searage (pitching coach), Gregg Ritchie (hitting coach), Jeff Banister (third base coach), and Nick Leyva (bench coach). Searage and Banister are returning to the coaching staff from last season.  Searage took over as the pitching coach when the team fired Joe Kerrigan in early August....

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