Winter Leagues 11/1 — Marte Exits Early?

After the Caribbean leagues took their usual Sunday off, they’re back in action, with a few Pirates’ players and friends: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Leones del Escogido  3,  Gigantes del Cibao  2 Starling Marte started this game in center field for Los Leones.  Los Gigantes scored two runs, both coming in on RBI singles up the middle, which Marte handled.  Marte made the third out of the inning on a fly ball.  Then, after one out in...

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When It Makes Sense to Give Up a Draft Pick

In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates had the 52nd pick in the draft, picking second overall in the second round.  Heading in to the draft, not much was expected from the pick.  They ended up drafting and signing Stetson Allie, who entered the draft as a top 10-15 prospect. In 2011 the Pirates had the 61st overall pick in the draft, picking first in the second round.  Once again, not much was expected prior to the draft.  However, on draft...

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Sports Illustrated: Best Free Agent Fits For Pirates

Yesterday we saw MLB Trade Rumors list their top 50 free agents, with predictions that the Pittsburgh Pirates would sign Carlos Pena, Ramon Hernandez, and Jeff Francis.  Today, Sports Illustrated released a list of their top 50 free agents, noting the best fit for each player.  They listed two players as “best fits” for the Pirates. The first player was Ramon Hernandez, who they had ranked 39th.  They also had Rich Harden...

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Two Pirates Prospects Are AFL Rising Stars

The Arizona Fall League will hold their Rising Stars game on Saturday at 7:15 PM EST on the MLB Network.  The league announced the rosters today, with two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects making the team.  As expected, Gerrit Cole is one of those players.  We heard last week that Cole would make the start in the game, going up against Danny Hultzen. The second prospect to join the team is outfielder Robbie Grossman.  This comes as no...

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Pirates Sign Tim Wood

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed reliever Tim Wood to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, per a team press release.  Wood played in the Pirates’ organization in 2011, including throwing eight innings in the majors.    In his time in AAA he put up some impressive numbers, with a 2.84 ERA in 44.1 innings, along with a 32:12 K/BB ratio.  He’s yet to make the successful jump to the majors,...

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