Report from Pirate City — 3/20

The Yankees were back at Pirate City today, this time with the low-level minor leaguers.  To get right to the highlight of the day, it clearly was Jameson Taillon pitching the first two innings in the low A game.  Taillon struggled a little with his command at first, falling behind and allowing a double and single to the first two hitters, but he settled down after that.  He showed the stuff that made him the second overall pick in...

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Report from Pirate City — 3/19

On Saturday the Yankees’ upper level minor leaguers visited Pirate City for a pair of exhibition games.  Even the coaches don’t generally seem to know what the score is in these games, but it was clear at least who won as the Pirates dominated both games. The AAA game featured a number of players who could reach Pittsburgh in the near future. The AA game featured a number of players battling for roster spots either at...

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Report from Pirate City – 3/18

The Pirates’ minor leaguers today went up against Toronto’s in two class A level exhibition games.  (The level designations mean little at this stage, as players haven’t gotten their assignments yet and much of the AAA teams are still in major league camp, forcing a lot of temporary upward movement.)  The main attraction was the Pirates’ hard-throwing 2010 second round draft pick, Stetson Allie, who started the...

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Minor League Roster Notes

Charlie Wilmoth has been good enough to post the Pirates’ minor league roster at Bucs Dugout (which means he had to type the whole thing in).  The bulk of it is comprised of the players who were already in the system.  Probably the most interesting item every year is the players the team has brought to minor league camp from the two Latin American leagues, and now also from the Australian academy.  Most or all of these players will be...

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Update On Players Who Are Out Of Options

 With a handful of players who are both on the bubble and out of options, the Pirates will be facing some tough roster decisions at the end of March. What follows is a quick rundown of players fighting for roster spots who have no options remaining. I’ve omitted players who are locks to make the team, like James McDonald and Joel Hanrahan. Also, as most of you are probably aware, the Pirates secured an extra option for Steve...

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