• Analysis
    Winter League Playoffs 1/5– Strong Start For Figueroa, Welch Homers

    Checking in on Pirates' players and friends in Thursday's winter league play:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  7,  Aguilas del Zulia  2 Exicardo Cayones made a start in center field for Los Caribes and scored a run for them.  Los Caribes got started with 3 runs in the 1st inning, on...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Release Four Lower Level Minor Leaguers

    According to Baseball America, the Pirates have released four minor league pitchers.  The four are right-handers Mitchell Fienemann, Jarryd Sullivan, and Joe Parsons, and left-hander Diomedes Mateo.  None of the four had advanced far in the team's farm system.  Fienemann, one of the Pirates' first signees out of Australia, spent one year...

  • Analysis
    Winter League Playoffs 1/4 — Hernandez Homers

    The Puerto Rican League season ends today, with their playoffs beginning over the weekend.  Meanwhile the other Caribbean leagues continue in playoff mode.  In other news, SS Pedro Ciriaco has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Navegantes del Magallanes  3,  Tigres de Aragua  2 Los Navegantes...

  • Analysis
    Minor League Depth — First Base

    “Firstbase prospect” isn’t a concept that’s highly popular with scouts. They tend to dislike players who are limited to first for a several reasons. One is that such a player has to hit extremely well to advance. Another is that athleticism does matter for hitters, so in many cases a player lacking...

  • This Date in Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: January 5

    No big transactions or big name players born on this date on this date in Pittsburgh Pirates history but plenty of players to get to and even a manager thrown in there. Mark Redman (1974) The Pirates acquired Redman, along with Arthur Rhodes in November 2004 from the Oakland A’s in exchange...

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