• Spring Training Coverage
    Brian Tallet Looking to Make His Way Back to the Majors

    Last week about half of the players in minor league camp reported to Pirate City. The day of their first workout, all of the players gathered on the field, getting ready for stretches and warm ups. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington was on the field, overseeing the young players take the...

  • Analysis
    Morton Throws Successful Second Live BP

    On Saturday afternoon, while the Major League club was kicking off the Grapefruit League opener in Dunedin, Fla., right-hander Charlie Morton was throwing live batting pratice at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla. It marked Morton’s second live BP session this spring. Morton threw his first live batting practice at Pirate City on Wednesday. The...

  • Game Recaps
    McDonald Gets Butterflies in First Spring Outing

    DUNEDIN, Fla. — Butterflies. Nerves. Anticipation. That’s how right-hander James McDonald felt when he took the mound for his first Spring Training game on Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. After going through two weeks of Spring Training workouts, conditioning, and bullpens, McDonald was anxious for his first start this morning....

  • Analysis
    (Video) Tim Alderson’s Jerky Delivery

    For about the first half of the 2011 season it looked like Tim Alderson was getting back on track to eventually having a Major League career. His fastball was in the upper 80s, which was up from the mid-80s in 2010. His curveball was looking good, which combined with the improved fastball...

  • Pirates History
    One Game Wonders: Part Two

    As mentioned in a previous article, the Pittsburgh Pirates have had 1814 players play for them during the course of their 130 season history. Of those player, 96 of them played just one game. If you saw today’s “This Date” article, you would’ve seen the brief bio on catcher Aubrey Epps who...

  • Analysis
    (Video) Quinton Miller Throwing Live Batting Practice

    When the Pirates gave Quinton Miller a $900 K signing bonus as a 20th round pick in 2008, they had hopes that he would be more productive than what they’ve seen to date. Miller has struggled, both with injuries, and with his on-field performance. Last year would have been his junior year...

  • Analysis
    (Video) Brian Tallet Looks Good as a LOOGY Option

    I was watching left hander Brian Tallet throwing live batting practice earlier today at Pirate City. He had good movement on his pitches, as you can see in the video below. He was especially effective against left handers, fooling Andrew Lambo with a change up and a cut fastball a few times....

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Leroux Using Offseason Success to Fuel Him for 2012

    DUNEDIN — Right-hander Chris Leroux had a very successful offseason pitching for the Toros del Este in the Dominican League. Having altered his arm slot and adding a new pitch during the 2011 season, Leroux saw even better results pitching for the Toros. Leroux, who will try to break camp with the...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Sign 25-players for 2012 season

    DUNEDIN — The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with 25 pre-arbitration players for one-year contracts for the 2012 season. Highlighted of those players are All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen and second baseman Neil Walker. The 25 players they have agreed to terms with include: Infielders: Chase d’Arnaud, Matt Hague, Josh Harrison, Jordy...

  • Analysis
    (Video) Fielding Drills: Gift, Barrios, Hanson, Gamache, Maggi

    Here is a video of some fielding drills I recorded earlier today at Pirate City. The players, listed in order of appearance: #6 – Yhonathan Barrios #86 – Alen Hanson #64 – Gift Ngoepe #41 – Dan Gamache #89 – Drew Maggi

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