Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Takes Hit Away From Alen Hanson
Jan16

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Takes Hit Away From Alen Hanson

In the Dominican League playoffs on Wednesday, Alen Hanson went 2-for-5 with a run scored, but his team was still eliminated from the finals. Hanson reached base seven times during a three-game stretch. Willy Garcia went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. There are better results for him below, as he broke his playoff slump on Thursday. Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-3 with two singles and a sacrifice bunt. Rafael Perez gave up one run over five...

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Pirates Announce 2015 Minor League Coaching Staffs
Jan15

Pirates Announce 2015 Minor League Coaching Staffs

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2015 minor league coaching staffs on Thursday. Lots of former Pirates players and also plenty of guys that made their living as catchers among the group of coaches named. There are also a lot of changes, though many are just moving from one team to another. Indianapolis will be led by Dean Treanor for the fifth straight season. His hitting coach will be Butch Wynegar, while Stan Kyles takes care...

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Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates Among the Best Defensive Teams
Jan15

Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates Among the Best Defensive Teams

As was mentioned here yesterday, Buster Olney gave some very favorable rankings for the Pittsburgh Pirates, rating them near the top in baseball for their starting rotation, bullpen and lineup. I mentioned yesterday that their bench would likely rank very high once Jung Ho Kang is signed, but I missed out on the defensive side of things. Olney ranks the Pirates’ defense as the 8th best in the league, the same spot he has their...

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Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates With One of the Top Lineups, Bullpens, and Rotations
Jan14

Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates With One of the Top Lineups, Bullpens, and Rotations

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been getting some favorable ratings in Buster Olney’s rankings of all the MLB teams this week. So far, Olney has rated the top rotations, top bullpens and today he released the top lineups around the game. It hasn’t been covered yet, but the Pirates would also have to rank high among the top benches in the game once Jung-Ho Kang is officially signed. The articles are for ESPN Insiders, so there...

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Winter Leagues: Andy Vasquez Homers in Three Straight Games, Rojas and Garcia Return to Action
Jan14

Winter Leagues: Andy Vasquez Homers in Three Straight Games, Rojas and Garcia Return to Action

It was a slow Monday night in winter ball, although we do have some late news from Sunday night that didn’t get into Monday’s article. In Colombia, Andy Vasquez homered and drove in five runs in his team’s win. In the first two games, he is 4-for-9 with two homers and eight RBIs. His team took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. (see a late update for game three below) In Venezuela on Monday, Wilfredo Boscan...

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