2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day Payroll

All throughout the season we keep a running total of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 40-man roster payroll, factoring in every move that takes place throughout the year.  The final numbers are unofficial, but give a fairly accurate view of the total payroll.  Last year, the end of the season payroll was estimated to be $42,788,838, which was $1,358,129 off of the actual end of the year payroll, which came out to be $44,146,967. A big...

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Really Last Minute Roster Moves

This is the time of year when teams release players from their minor league camps – those who are not going to fit into the organization’s plans.  The Pirates have released these players:

Inf Adenson Chourio  —  West Virginia and Bradenton in 2010
Inf Christian Colonel — he’d just been signed at the beginning of the month 
RHP Casey Erickson  —  Bradenton in 2010
C/ OF/ 3B Pat Irvine  —  State College and West Virginia in 2010
1B Gerlis Rodriguez  —  State College in 2010
LHP Mike Williams  —   West Virginia in 2010
2B Jose Solano (Luis?)  — GCL Pirates in 2010

P Ramon Aguero has been designated for assignment, coming off the Pirates’ 40-man roster to make room for P Jose Veras.  If he makes it through waivers, he could go to Altoona or Indianapolis.   

RHP Tim Wood is also getting close to signing with the Pirates.  He was the Marlins’ 44th round draft pick in 2002, and worked his way up through there system, reaching the majors in June 2009.  he made 18 relief appearances in that season, for a total of 22.1 innings, with 7 runs on 22 hits, for a 2.82 ERA.  He split last season between AAA New Orleans and the major league team.  He began the season with the Marlins, then spent parts of May and June and the end of July with New Orleans.  Wood pitched in 26 games for the Marlins, and earned an 0-1 record with 8 saves.  In a total of 27 innings, he gave up 33 hits and 17 runs, for a 5.53 ERA.  In New Orleans, he made 14 relief appearances, going 0-1 with 5 saves, and allowing 10 runs on 19 hits in 14 innings (6.43 ERA).  He did not pitch after the end of July, and was granted free agency in November. Wood was signed by the Nationals six days later, but was released in spring training.  
*UPDATE* — Wood signed a minor league contract with the Pirates.  That could mean Indianapolis for him. 

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Zack Von Rosenberg Video From Pirate City

Earlier this week I posted a video of Jameson Taillon pitching against the New York Yankees’ farm system in a Spring Training game at Pirate City.  After Taillon pitched three innings, Zack Von Rosenberg came on to pitch the next four innings.  Von Rosenberg mostly sat in the 88-90 MPH range with his fastball, and got hit hard at times, as he mostly worked on fastball command.  He did display a nice curveball, getting a few...

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Pirates Designate Aguero For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated relief pitcher Ramon Aguero for assignment, which opens a space for Jose Veras to be added to the 40-man roster.  Aguero was added to the 40-man roster prior to the 2010 season, but missed most of the year with an injury.  He only pitched 29.1 combined innings in 2010 between high-A and AA, putting up an 8.68 ERA in 18.2 innings at the AA level, along with a poor 6.8 BB/9 ratio. I saw Aguero last...

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2011 West Virginia Power Preview: The Infield

We’ve covered the Altoona, Indianapolis, and Bradenton infields so far.  The final full season team to cover is the West Virginia Power. Here is a look at each position, with an attempt to try and figure out the opening day roster at the end. Catcher The top catching prospects in the lower level are Elias Diaz and Joey Schoenfeld.  Both catchers spent time in the Gulf Coast League, and both could move up to full season ball this...

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