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 deal. The speculation is further clouded by the new collective bargaining agreement. If Giolito would have been taken second or...

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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 the Bucs top prospects. “Seven straight hits is a lot,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “I never got seven straight hits....

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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. The reasons for his success is from getting the feel of his changeup and a new turn in his delivery....

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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,” Cole said. “It was expected. It’s good to get down here [to minor-league camp] and get on a better regimented...

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