• Winter Leagues
    Luis Heredia and Nick Kingham Videos From Instructs

    There were a lot of top pitching prospects today in the two intersquad games at Pirate City.  Starting off the day Luis Heredia was on one field, and Nick Kingham was on the other.  Heredia pitched one inning, working in the 90-93 MPH range, and mostly sitting 91-92.  He threw 20 pitches,...

  • Winter Leagues
    Gerrit Cole Video From Pirate City

    Gerrit Cole was throwing a bullpen session here at Pirate City, under the instruction of Jim Benedict.  I caught the last few pitches on camera.  My favorite part is the second pitch in the video.  Cole goes for an inside fastball to a left hander and drills the batting dummy.  Jim Benedict's...

  • Winter Leagues
    Instructs Day Two: Fryer, Hafner, Cumpton

    Fryer played at third base today. If you follow any of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players on Twitter, you probably saw that today's instructional league action was pretty brutal.  As I mentioned earlier today, most of the team ran a drill in the morning which included a lot of running.  The...

  • Top Stories
    What Went Right in 2011

    The 2011 campaign is over and the Pirates have another losing season in the books.  That’s . . . how many in a row?  I dunno, some really large number.  It’s like having ants at your picnic and wondering exactly how many there are.  At least this year was a little different,...

  • Top Stories
    What Went Wrong in 2011

    You can’t lose 90 games without a lot of things going wrong.  In the case of the 2011 Pirates, there were some problems that were different, at least for their current front office, and some that were grindingly, depressingly the same.  There were also some problems that maybe had a silver lining. ...

  • Top Stories
    2011 Pirates Season Recap: Progress Was Made

    The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped their 2011 regular season up last night, finishing with a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, and dropping to a 72-90 record.  The record marked their 19th consecutive losing season in a row, which was frustrating for a lot of Pirates fans after the team reached first place in...

  • Winter Leagues
    Afternoon Notes From Instructs 9/29

    Morning practices are over, and the Pirates are about to play a game against the Phillies.  Some notes from this afternoon: Fryer taking ground balls at third base. -Yesterday I mentioned that Matt Curry and Eric Fryer were both getting time at third base.  Curry was just there in a sandlot type...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 162 Recap: Season Ends With Loss and 3 HRs Allowed

    The season ended much the way it has gone over the last couple of months. There wasn’t much to write home about from the slab and there wasn’t much offense to speak of. Milwaukee used three homers to support Zach Greinke. Jeff Locke allowed three long balls. The Pirates scored two of...

  • Winter Leagues
    Instructs Day One: Allie, Holmes, Burnette, Gift

    I arrived in Florida around 3:30 AM this morning, after about 15 hours of driving.  After a bit of sleep, I went over to Pirate City, where the Pirates were having a camp day, and an intersquad game.  There wasn't much to report on.  Each pitcher threw an inning, and it was...

  • Winter Leagues
    Gerrit Cole’s Instructional League Debut

    Cole made his debut in instructs yesterday. - Photo Courtesy of UCLA Athletics Yesterday Gerrit Cole made his instructional league debut, which was also his pro debut.  I didn't get a chance to see the outing live, as I was driving down to Florida at the time.  However, I did receive a...

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