• Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Notebook: Meek Continues to Move Forward This Spring

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- After making a rough Grapefruit League debut with the Pirates, right-hander Evan Meek has bounced back this spring by tossing three scoreless frames over his last three appearances. He's allowed one hit with two strikeouts. Meek worked hard over the offseason to get his body in better shape, dropping...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Prospect Notebook: Kingham Pounding the Strike Zone

    Nick Kingham made his second start of Spring Training, and his first start of the year at Pirate City today, going up against the Philadelphia A-ball team. Kingham threw four innings, throwing mostly fastballs. His command looked sharp for where he's at in Spring Training right now. "It's been well," Kingham said...

  • Analysis
    Pirate City — 3/19

    Another pair of A-ball games today, this time against the Phillies.  The highlight without a doubt was Nick Kingham, who threw four impressive innings apart from a brief glitch at the start of his last inning.  I didn't see the first inning, which went 1-2-3, but Kingham consistently hit 93-94 with very...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    It’s Just a Matter of Time for Marte

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Outfielder Starling Marte was impressive this spring. Over 12 games during the Grapefruit League, Marte hit .520 with three homers, four RBI and stole two bases. If fans weren't aware of the young prospect, they took notice. Marte even went deep off former Cy Young Award Winner Cliff Lee,...

  • 2012 Draft
    2012 Pirates Draft Prospects Rundown: 3/19

    It’s not something that Pirates fans want to hear, but the 2012 draft looks to be another year dominated with pitching at the top. Sure, there’s Mike Zunino, the two-way catcher from Florida who is tearing the cover off the ball. There’s Deven Marrero, a great defensive shortstop who has struggled with...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: March 19

    Four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date. Starting with the most recent one first, we have Jose Castillo (1982) second baseman for the Pirates from 2004 until 2007. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates out of Venezuela, shortly after his 16th birthday. After one season...

  • Analysis
    Weekly Prospects Chat Transcript 3/19

    Below is the transcript for this week's prospects chat. ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're...

  • Analysis
    Notes From Pirate City: Nick Kingham Starting Today

    The AAA and AA teams are on the road today in Clearwater. James McDonald will be making a start for the AAA team, while Hunter Strickland will start for the AA team. Strickland was hitting 96 MPH the last time he threw. At Pirate City, Nick Kingham and Tyler Waldron will start...

  • Analysis
    Did Starling Marte make a mechanical adjustment over the offseason?

    Photo: Pittsburgh PiratesComing into spring training, I had seen Starling Marte bat fewer than ten times. In those plate appearances (all in 2011), he had not looked very good. He was aggressive, swinging early in the count without waiting for a good pitch to hit. His swing was all arms and did...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: 18 To Go

    After today's round of cuts, the Pirates are left with 43 active players in camp, just 18 cuts away from their Opening Day roster. The Spring Training tracker has been updated with the players who are still in camp, including an update to the chances for each player to make the team....

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