Presley One of Several Bucs with the Green Light

SARASOTA, Fla. — Last season combined with both Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis outfielder Alex Presley swiped 31 bags –using his speed to his advantage. This year you may just see Presley steal even more bases. He’s one of the few Buccos that have a green light on the base paths this season. The others? Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata. The Pirates other speedy outfielders. Being giving the green light is...

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McCutchen Deal All About the Long Term Impact

Ever since Andrew McCutchen was first called up to the majors, Pittsburgh Pirates fans were waiting for one thing: an extension. When he first arrived in the majors, McCutchen had the potential to be the best player developed by the Pirates since Barry Bonds. Unlike a lot of other home-grown prospects in the last two decades, McCutchen almost immediately lived up to the hype. Fans had seen other teams lock up their players to...

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Bucs Bats Combine for 18 Hits in 10-3 Win

SARASOTA, Fla. — After combining for 12 hits over their first two games this spring, the Pirates bats belted out 18 hits off the Baltimore Oriole’s pitchers in the 10-3 win at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarastota, Fla on Monday. Leading the hot bucco bats was infielder Matt Hague, who in his first Major League camp is looking to make the big league club. Hague went 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI batting cleanup as the Bucs...

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McCutchen Signs Six-Year Deal with Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. –According to the Post-Gazette the Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen have agreed to a six-year deal worth $51.5 million with a club option for $14.75 million. The contract buys out at least the first two years of free agency and will keep him in a Pirates uniform at least through the 2017 season. Per Rob Biertempfel of the Trib Review, the breakdown of McCutchen’s contract is as follows: 2012 –...

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2012 Pirates Draft Prospects Rundown: 3/5

The Pirates are in a much different situation this year than they have been in years past. When they had a top pick it would be great news for someone like Mike Zunino to have a huge season. Now that they’re picking eighth, that news isn’t as good. A guy like Zunino — who is putting up a .415/.489/.634 line with three homers in 41 at-bats — moves away from them the better he does. That means they’re in a...

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