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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Kevin Hart cut, McCutchen the 5th starter

As I was about to fly out of Dulles today, heading down to Florida, I saw that Kevin Hart was cut, which was a big surprise.  I had a lot of time to think about the move today, between flying down to Fort Lauderdale, talking about the move with my Dad over Primanti Brothers sandwiches, and driving my wife’s car from Fort Lauderdale to Bradenton.  Some thoughts: Since the Pirates only need a fifth starter one time...

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