• Spring Training Coverage
    Prospect Notebook: Lots of Heat

    Duke Welker was hitting 98 MPH today. There were a lot of top Pirates prospects throwing today. Unfortunately, a lot of the top guys in the system were on the road. Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, both top ten prospects, started in the A-ball games at Toronto's minor league complex. Missing out...

  • Analysis
    The International(s)

    Today my friends and I took in the major league team's at McKechnie against the Rays, but I wanted to also talk about our visit to Pirate City in the morning to see the minor leaguers. Unfortunately for us (me), most of the key Low A/High A guys like Taillon, ZVR, Cain,...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Burnett Feels Good After First Bullpen Since Surgery

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Early Saturday morning, right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a 30 pitch side session to the Pirates bullpen catcher Heberto Andrade with pitching coach Ray Searage and Special Assistant to the General Manager Jim Benedict looking on in the bullpens to the right of McKechnie Field. Burnett, who underwent surgery to repair...

  • Game Recaps
    Karstens Solid Spring in Bucs Loss to Rays

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Jeff Karstens made another case for being the Bucs Opening Day starter on April 5th at PNC Park in the Pirates 2-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field. On Saturday, Karstens allowed one run on three hits over five innings with three walks and five strikeouts...

  • Pirates History
    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training: 90 Years Ago Today

    Last week I took at look at what was going on in the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training camp of 1937, going back exactly 75 years to the day. I figured I’d give it another try this weekend, this time going back to this date in 1922, exactly 90 years to the day....

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Star Potential from Marte this Spring

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- He's been one of the headlines this spring training. Outfield prospect Starling Marte has been showing his star potential with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the Grapefruit League. The 23-year-old, who is one of the Bucs top prospects, entered Saturday's game action with a .500 average, .917 slugging, and a...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: March 17

    Six former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date and we start with the one that was also traded on his birthday. John Smiley(1965) pitched for the Pirates from 1986 until 1991. He was a 12th round draft pick of Pittsburgh in the 1983 amateur draft, that made his major league debut...

  • Analysis
    Notes From Pirate City: Locke Making First Minor League Start

    The Pirates take on Toronto's organization today, with the AAA and AA teams at home. Unfortunately the A-ball teams have Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Zack Von Rosenberg, and a lot of other younger guys throwing on the road so I won't get to report on their outings today. I will get to...

  • Analysis
    Pregame: Pirates vs. Rays in Bradenton

    Good morning from McKechnie Field. Happy St. Patty's day. The Pirates will wear hunter green hats today for the holiday. The Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 yesterday at McKechnie Field. Right-hander Kevin Correia was solid needing just 46 pitches over his four shutout innings. Over 9.0 innings (three starts) this spring,...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: What To Do With Matt Hague

    There have been two trends emerging this Spring with Matt Hague. The first trend is that he can hit. Hague entered the day with a .429 average and two home runs so far this Spring. He's collected hits in five of his nine games, and four of the games where he didn't...

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