Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Throws Six Shutout Innings
Dec20

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Throws Six Shutout Innings

Friday night was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates news in winter league, but one big story came out of the Dominican. Stolmy Pimentel threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits, no walks and he struck out six batters. Pimentel faced one batter over the minimum. It was a big rebound game for him after he gave up five earned runs over 1.2 innings in his last start. Pimentel has a 5.06 ERA though nine starts, but that total is...

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Pirates Sign Corey Hart, DFA Preston Guilmet
Dec19

Pirates Sign Corey Hart, DFA Preston Guilmet

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of 1B/RF Corey Hart to a one-year deal. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Preston Guilmet has been designated for assignment. Hart is a name familiar to fans of the Pirates, as he spent his first nine seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers. He missed all of 2013 after needing surgery on both knees, one prior to the season and the other in June after he got hurt...

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Winter Leagues: Big Game From Edwin Espinal, Bryan Sousa Makes His Debut
Dec19

Winter Leagues: Big Game From Edwin Espinal, Bryan Sousa Makes His Debut

In the Dominican on Thursday night, Edwin Espinal made his first start of the season count. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and he drove in two runs. Espinal spent this season in Low-A ball, so the lack of playing time isn’t surprising considering the difference in play between Low-A and winter ball in the Dominican. He has been playing in their version of the minor leagues(called the Parallel League), so he has...

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Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Shows Improvements at the Plate
Dec18

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Shows Improvements at the Plate

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, three Pirates players saw action for Aguilas Cibaenas. Willy Garcia went 1-for-4, with his fourth home run of the season. He is second in homers to Sebastian Valle(five) among Pirates in winter ball. He is having a winter season very similar to his regular season for Altoona, hitting .269/.314/.462 in winter VS .271/.311/.478 for Altoona. His BB/SO numbers aren’t good in winter, though they...

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Edinson Volquez Agrees to Deal With Royals
Dec17

Edinson Volquez Agrees to Deal With Royals

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a two-year contract with right-hander Edinson Volquez that will pay him a total of $20M. The deal is still pending a physical. The Pittsburgh Pirates got great value out of Volquez in 2014, signing him to a one-year, $5M deal. He posted a 3.04 ERA over 192.2 innings, making 31 starts and one relief appearance. That was after posting a 5.71 ERA in 2013 when he split the season between the Los...

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