Upcoming 40-man roster moves

With Spring Training winding down, there will be a lot of roster shuffling this week in order to set the final 25-man.  We already saw Hayden Penn claimed and Brandon Moss designated for assignment today.  My current 25-man roster projection still has two more moves that would need to be made to add the likes of D.J. Carrasco and Jack Taschner, or whoever gets the final bullpen spot (it’s guaranteed to be a player that...

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Pirates claim Hayden Penn

UPDATE 3:10 PM: The Pirates have designated Brandon Moss for assignment, according to Jennifer Langosch.  The Pirates now have ten days to trade, waive, or release Moss.  Moss will most likely be claimed via waivers, although there’s a chance the Pirates work out a trade with someone who wouldn’t normally get him through the waiver process.  The 40-man roster/payroll projection is updated with the addition...

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Reason for concern with Ross Ohlendorf

After today’s outing against the Tampa Bay Rays, Ross Ohlendorf has a Spring Training ERA of 9.82 in 14.2 innings, with a 6:7 K/BB ratio, 4 homers allowed, and 25 hits. But this isn’t about Ohlendorf’s Spring Training numbers.  Good or bad, I don’t put much stock in to Spring Training numbers.  This is about Ohlendorf’s 2009 season, in which he led the Pirates rotation with a 3.92 ERA. Ohlendorf...

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Lynchburg Hillcats Ring Ceremony

Before Wednesday’s Spring Training game, the 2009 Lynchburg Hillcats, winners of the Carolina League Title, received their championship rings.  It was rather fitting that they received the rings prior to a game against the Boston Red Sox, since the Hillcats defeated the Salem Red Sox to win the title. I’ve uploaded pictures of the ring presentations, with every player getting their ring (at least the players who are...

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Pictures from Pirate City

That’s Mitchell Fienemann.  You may remember reading about him in Dejan Kovacevic’s recap of the 2009 Bradenton Pirates season, in which DK named Fienemann his choice as the team’s top starting pitcher for the 2009 season.  Fienemann posted a 3.79 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 40.1 innings of work at the GCL level last year, thanks to an impressive 26:3 K/BB ratio.  He made six starts, the most out of any...

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