Pirate City Notes:  Altoona Plays Longball
Mar18

Pirate City Notes: Altoona Plays Longball

The Pirates’ AAA and AA teams hosted their Phillies’ counterparts today at Pirate City.  These games hold less interest for me right now than the single-A teams (which of course were on the road), as they’re made up more heavily of non-prospects.  The AAA team doesn’t even have very many interesting minor league veterans right now, because they’re mostly still in major league camp.  Until some more cuts...

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Pirates Photos from Spring Training
Feb22

Pirates Photos from Spring Training

A few shots from today’s routine drills, with the emphasis on new guys.  Of the NRI pitchers the Pirates have brought in, Daniel Schlereth and Jake Brigham strike me as the most interesting. Outfielder Chris Dickerson has not been in drills the last two days, so he may have some minor injury or other issue.  

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Spring Training Notes: Observations on the First Base Platoon
Feb21

Spring Training Notes: Observations on the First Base Platoon

Just a few notes from a routine day at Pirate City.  The team was primarily doing base running and infield drills, and batting practice. As per usual, for drills the Pirates have two groups, one made up primarily of regulars and the other primarily of non-roster invitees and other players who are fighting for the last roster spot or two.  Most of the latter, of course, will end up at Indianapolis. It’s easy to read too much into...

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The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change
Sep10

The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

A little under a year ago, things weren’t exactly looking up for Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office. The team had improved significantly over the previous two years, but had just suffered its second straight late-season collapse. A lot of fans – including me – thought the team should find a new GM. More importantly, principal owner Robert Nutting had stated he was going to do a thorough review, one that was widely expected...

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Prospect Trends: Some Lower Level Players Start Off Well
Jun28

Prospect Trends: Some Lower Level Players Start Off Well

It’s getting a little late in the year for breakout performances in the full season leagues, and the guys who are going to get off-track have probably mostly done it by now. Still, there are a couple of power hitters who are stepping up their games at the upper levels, and a few players at the short-season levels are off to good enough starts to make them worth some attention. The Good Andrew Lambo, 1B/OF (AAA): I put Lambo on this...

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