• 2012 Draft
    Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/9-3/11

    Top prep pitching prospect Lucas Giolito recently went down with a sprained UCL, which won’t require surgery, but ends his senior year. There’s been some speculation on whether the right hander could fall in the draft due to the injury, along with questions on how likely he would be to sign a...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Starling Marte Showing His Potential This Spring

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Outfielder Starling Marte stepped to the plate with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning at McKechnie Field on Wednesday with a streak on the line. Marte connected for a single into center field to mark seven straight hits this spring. An impressive feat for one of...

  • Analysis
    More on Starling Marte

    I'll have a feature up later today on outfielder Starling Marte. He has been creating quite a buzz due to his hot spring with the big league club. Marte, 23, had an eight hit streak going until his second at-bat in today's 5-4 loss to the Phillies in the 10th inning. So...

  • Game Recaps
    McDonald Getting Feel for Changeup, New Turn in Delivery in Loss to Phillies

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald looked sharp in his second outing of the spring against the Philadelphia Phillies tough lineup. His only run allowed over his three inning outing came in the 2nd frame. McDonald gave up a leadoff single to Hunter Pence, who scored on a RBI double into deep center by Ty Wigginton....

  • Analysis
    Don’t Sleep On Justin Wilson

    It may not be right out of Spring Training, but at some point this season I expect Justin Wilson to be firmly entrenched in the Pirates' major league bullpen. Quick re-cap -- Wilson was a 5th round pick from the 2008 draft.  He was a hero as a starter for Fresno State in...

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  • Analysis
    Game Six vs. Phillies in Clearwater

    Good afternoon from Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. The Pirates are set to take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:05 today. Right-hander James McDonald will start for the Bucs against lefty Cole Hamels. McDonald, 27, is making his second start of the Grapefruit League season this afternoon. McDonald allowed two runs on two...

  • Analysis
    Cabrera to Pitch B game Saturday

    Right-hander Daniel Cabrera, who has been sidelined with right forearm tightness,  threw a 15 pitch batting practice session today at Pirate City without issue. Cabrera is tentatively scheduled to pitch one inning in the nine-inning B game on Saturday at Pirate City. Also scheduled to throw in the B game on Saturday against the Minnesota...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    First-rounder Cole Cut from Big League Camp

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander Gerrit Cole was reassigned to Minor League camp this morning. The 21-year-old, who was the first overall pick by Pittsburgh in the 2011 draft, had a non-roster invite to big league camp in his first spring training. "I knew it was coming in the next couple of days,"...

  • Analysis
    Live From Pirate City: 3/8

    It's been the same thing over and over here at Pirate City. Drills, batting practice, bullpen sessions, and so on. It was good to finally see a few of the prospects in a game yesterday, although there probably won't be another game until the regular schedule starts on Sunday. Today is back...

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