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  • Edwin Espinal 2

    Minors Notes: Broxton Moved Down, Espinal Moved Up, Ramirez Back in Action

    4 hours ago

    In about a week and a half, minor leaguers will break camp and head north to their respective full-season teams (with the exception of Bradenton players, who ...

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    Jeff Locke Wins the Final Rotation Spot Over Vance Worley

    6 hours ago

    Clint Hurdle announced today that Jeff Locke has won the battle for the final starter role over Vance Worley. Locke will begin the year fourth in the rotation, ...

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  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    1 day ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

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  • Charlie Morton 2

    Morton Abandoning Mechanical Adjustment; Polanco Fixing His Swing

    2 days ago

    Charlie Morton has been working on a mechanical adjustment this Spring, and in the process, has been struggling on the mound. On Saturday, Morton abandoned that adjustment in order ...

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  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    3 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

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    Pirates Cut 12 Players From Major League Camp

    4 days ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates made a big round of cuts today, sending the following players to the minors. Jose Tabata Steve Lombardozzi Charlie Leesman Josh Wall Bobby LaFromboise ...

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  • Zack Von Rosenberg

    Pirates Release Zack Von Rosenberg and Four Other Minor Leaguers

    4 days ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have released five minor league players. Those players are as follows. Nate Baker Ryan Beckman Ashley Ponce Chris Peacock Zack Von Rosenberg The most ...

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  • Nick Kingham 2

    Pirates Option Nick Kingham and Elias Diaz to Indianapolis

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Nick Kingham and Elias Diaz to Indianapolis. The moves are kind of expected, since today is a pretty important deadline for players with zero ...

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    Pirates Make Eight More Cuts, Including Jameson Taillon and Alen Hanson

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have cut eight more players today. The players are as follows. Casey Sadler Collin Balester Gift Ngoepe Jeremy Bleich Willy Garcia Alen Hanson Mel ...

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  • Allie hit 21 homers this season (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Stetson Allie Reassigned to Minor League Camp

    2 weeks ago

    Following Sunday’s game, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that first baseman Stetson Allie has been reassigned to minor league camp. This move follows five cuts from yesterday, which ...

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    Injury News

  • Harold Ramirez 2

    Another Seven Figure Bonus Player Missing Time Due to Conditioning

    1 week ago

    Harold Ramirez is currently on the rehab list at Pirate City since the start of camp. Ramirez has been working out in the mornings, but hasn’t played ...

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  • Andrew McCutchen had the highest WAR among NL position players. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    Andrew McCutchen Returns to the Pirates Lineup Tomorrow

    1 week ago

    Some good news if you were worried about Andrew McCutchen’s status: the MVP will return to the Pirates’ lineup tomorrow against the Orioles. . @thecutch22 returns in ...

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  • Tony Sanchez

    Tony Sanchez Will Make the Pirates Roster Due to Chris Stewart Injury

    1 week ago

    This isn’t really a big surprise, but Clint Hurdle announced today to the media that Tony Sanchez is on the team, due to Chris Stewart’s hamstring injury. ...

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    The Latest Update on Chris Stewart Pretty Much Secures a Roster Spot For Tony Sanchez

    2 weeks ago

    Last night I wrote about a few injury updates from the press conference with Clint Hurdle. The Pirates have released more information this morning, including updates on a ...

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  • Jung-Ho Kang

    Notes: Injury Updates on McCutchen, Tabata, Stewart; Kang to Get Time at Second Base

    2 weeks ago

    Here are some evening updates after the Pirates game against the Tigers, with several injury notes, and a few positional notes. **Jose Tabata left tonight’s game after fouling ...

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    Pirates Are Trying to Extend Gregory Polanco

    5 hours ago

    Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates tried to extend Gregory Polanco during the early part of the season, but the two sides were never able to complete a deal. ...

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    Buster Olney Picks Pirates to Win World Series

    2 weeks ago

    Buster Olney from ESPN made quite a prediction for the Pittsburgh Pirates this morning, picking them to win the World Series this year. He was very high ...

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  • Cole Tucker 2

    Pirates are Giving Cole Tucker an Aggressive Promotion to West Virginia

    3 weeks ago

    Under Neal Huntington, the Pittsburgh Pirates have never been afraid to make an unexpected move, even if that move is largely unpopular. They have been accused of ...

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  • Austin Meadows

    Austin Meadows and Harold Ramirez Will Start in Bradenton This Year

    3 weeks ago

    One of the big questions surrounding the lower level roster makeup has been the lower level outfield crunch. Specifically, there was a question as to whether Austin ...

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  • Kingham went seven innings in his last start (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    Pirates Set Up Well For the Future, But the National League Has Some Great Teams

    3 weeks ago

    On ESPN Insider today,  Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney teamed up for an article in which they rank the 30 Major League teams in order ...

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    Latest Analysis

  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    1 day ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

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  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    2 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

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  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    3 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

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    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    5 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

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  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    7 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

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  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

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  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

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  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

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  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

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  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    2 weeks ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

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