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 nearly 20 pounds by cycling, and building up arm strength, in order to bounce back from an injury plagued...

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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 of his fastball command. “Pounding the strike zone, getting strikes early in the count....

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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, but despite his torrid spring with the Bucs, it was just 25 at-bats. “Overall, he made a very good...

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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 the bat the last few weeks at Arizona State. There’s a slim chance that Zunino falls to the Pirates at eighth...

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Weekly Prospects Chat Transcript 3/19

Below is the transcript for this week’s prospects chat.

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