The 2012 Bullpen: By Popular Demand

Yesterday I reviewed the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen, noting all of the options that are available for the 2012 season, and the limited amount of spots for all of those options.  I also ran a poll asking who you would pick for your bullpen, giving a list of all of the available options, and giving each person seven choices.  That poll ended up with the following rankings: 1. Joel Hanrahan 2. Evan Meek 3. Tony Watson 4. Daniel...

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AFL Recap 10/19: Brock Holt Makes His Debut

Today marked the first day in the two week Arizona Fall League season that Robbie Grossman had a day off.  Grossman had started in every game for the Mesa Solar Sox, but was given an off-day today.  Jarek Cunningham was also given an off-day today, and that would have normally meant a lineup without any Pirates prospects for the first time this season.  That wasn’t the case, as Brock Holt made his 2011 Arizona Fall League debut,...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 19

On this date in 1931 former Pirates catcher and coach Don Leppert was born. He started his pro career in 1955 when he signed with the Milwaukee Braves organization. The Pirates acquired him in December 1960 in exchange for minor leaguer Tom Burgess. He made his major league debut on June 18, 1961 and in his first AB he homered off Cardinals pitcher, Curt Simmons. He played 22 total games that season batting .267 with 3 homers. The...

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Winter Leagues 10/18 – Hits For Hague

Pirates’ players and friends in action in the Winter Leagues on Tuesday: VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  2,  Bravos de Margarita  1 Former Pirate LF Lastings Milledge singled and scored in Aragua’s 2-run 6th inning.  He also singled and stole second base in the 4th.  Los Tigres’ outfield was all former Pirates’ farmhands  –  CF Jonel Pacheco singled in 3 trips to the plate, and RF Jorge Cortes went...

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AFL Recap 10/18: Grossman and Cunningham Continue Hitting

Robbie Grossman is getting a lot of attention in the Arizona Fall League, and for good reason.  The Pittsburgh Pirates’ outfield prospect went 2-for-4 today along with two walks.  It was the fifth multi-hit game in a row or Grossman, and the fifth game in a row with at least one walk.  On the season, Grossman has a .375/.462/.643 line in 56 at-bats. When asked in the comments section whether Grossman would hit with enough power...

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