Stetson Allie Has Improved Command, But Will He Ever Start?

Developing prospects is a process that takes time. Because the process takes time, it requires patience. In some cases, you have to have an imagination, looking ahead to what a player could eventually become, rather than focusing on the recent results or what that player currently looks like. However, in most cases people are impatient. They don’t want to give the proper time for a prospect to develop. And imagination is out the...

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Utility Battle Heating Up During Final Week

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The battle for the backup utility/bench job looks to be a tough competition during the final week of spring training. Other than the starting nine, the club has five spots for bench roles. Nate McLouth is a lock for the fourth outfielder, Michael McKenry will back up Rod Barajas at the plate, and the club will go with Casey McGehee in part of a platoon at first base with Garrett Jones. That leaves two positions...

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Hague Looking to Hit His Way to Pittsburgh

BRADENTON, Fla. — All Matt Hague has done in his professional career is hit. Hit, hit, hit. And so far during the Grapefruit League this spring, Hague has continued to swing a hot bat. So much in fact that Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle has a nickname for him, ‘the hit collector.’ The 26-year-old was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 9th round of the 2008 draft after playing college ball at the University of Washington and...

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A Rotation Full of Prospects at Indianapolis

Last year it looked like the Pittsburgh Pirates would have a rotation full of prospects. Brad Lincoln was expected to start the year in Triple-A, while the “Altoona Four” of Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, and Jeff Locke were expected to make the jump to the next level. Only two of the Altoona pitchers made that jump, with Owens and Wilson getting the call, while Morris and Locke returned to Double-A to get more...

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Tim Alderson Returns to Long Toss, Sees Velocity Return

When the Pittsburgh Pirates were shopping Freddy Sanchez in 2009, the expectations were low on a return. The second baseman was making $6.1 M, which was a reasonable salary for his production. However, his $8 M option in 2010 was too high, essentially making him a two-month rental to any team that traded for him. Sanchez went down with an injury right before he was traded, missing three games against the San Francisco Giants, who...

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It’s Just a Matter of Time for Marte

BRADENTON, Fla. — Outfielder Starling Marte was impressive this spring. Over 12 games during the Grapefruit League, Marte hit .520 with three homers, four RBI and stole two bases. If fans weren’t aware of the young prospect, they took notice. Marte even went deep off former Cy Young Award Winner Cliff Lee, but despite his torrid spring with the Bucs, it was just 25 at-bats. “Overall, he made a very good...

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