Pirates release minor leaguers

Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Pirates have released the following minor leaguers (broken up in to groups, as we already knew about some): Players that we heard about from Baseball America earlier this Spring: Chris Aure, Gerardo Esparza, Jesus Aguilera, Brad Clapp, Jeff Corsaletti, Diomedes Garcia, Gemmy Gonzalez, Edgar Gutierrez, Papiro Juan, Ricardo Paulino, Rafael Quintero, Ciro Rosero, Andres Santos, Carlos Silva. Players...

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Leftover Photos and Videos from Spring Training

For the off-day, I figured I’d post some leftover photos and videos from Spring Training.  The photos have been uploaded to the BUCCO Fans Facebook page, and you’ve probably seen them if you’re a Facebook fan, but this is the first time that I’ve linked to them from the site.  They’re from the game I saw at McKechnie Field against the Red Sox, featuring some shots of Lastings Milledge, John...

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Breaking News: Nelson Pereira Released

UPDATE 1:15 PM: I just received word from Kyle Stark, Director of Player Development, confirming the move.  Stark had the following to say about the move: “With all of the trades, drafted players, and international signs the last two years, we have limited opportunities for many talented players. Ultimately we have decided to give those innings to other pitchers. While Nelson had performed well at the lower levels, we must...

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Pirates Notebook: Is Jones the real deal?

When the Pirates entered the bottom of the first down 2-0, there was this slight feeling of hopelessness, as if the Opening Day optimism wouldn’t even last a full inning.  Then, with one swing of the bat, everything changed. After Garrett Jones crushed his two run river shot off of Vicente Padilla, all of the optimism of the season was restored for me.  I admit to being downright giddy, able to do or say nothing at...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 4/5

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker. BRYCE HARPER Harper had another strong weekend, going 5-for-13.  All five hits were singles, however, that put Harper in position to steal five bases in his four games.  For all of the talk of Harper’s power, which has led to a homer every 9.58 at-bats this season, not much is mentioned about his speed...

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