Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Makes His Winter Debut
Oct26

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Makes His Winter Debut

In the Dominican Saturday night, Stolmy Pimentel made his winter league debut as the starting pitching for Estrellas de Oriente. He went three innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Willy Garcia was in the opposing lineup against Pimentel. He walked in the only meeting between the two Pirates in the game. Garcia finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a walk. Mel Rojas Jr. was back in...

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First Pitch: Is Justin Sellers the New Clint Barmes?
Oct26

First Pitch: Is Justin Sellers the New Clint Barmes?

Today was a busy day of moves for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations, then designated John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez for assignment (clearing spots on the 40-man roster for Sellers and Charlie Morton, who was reinstated from the DL). The moves to DFA Axford and Gomez don’t amount to much. They were both heading for arbitration, and I had them both...

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AFL: Another Solid Performance From Joely Rodriguez
Oct25

AFL: Another Solid Performance From Joely Rodriguez

On Saturday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Joely Rodriguez took the hill for his fourth start of the season. He allowed one run over 2.1 innings in his first start and since then, Rodriguez had thrown seven shutout innings coming into Saturday. He didn’t throw shutout ball this time out, but he still had a strong outing. Dan Gamache was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the lineup. Elias Diaz was in the original...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates
Oct25

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates

Matt Swartz at MLBTR has been producing some very accurate arbitration estimates over the last three seasons. His estimates for the Pittsburgh Pirates just came out recently, in an off-season preview that was written by Charlie at Bucs Dugout. Below are the MLBTR arbitration estimates: Gaby Sanchez, 1B (5.025): $2.7MM Neil Walker, 2B (4.166): $8.6MM Ike Davis, 1B (4.155): $4.4MM Mark Melancon, RP (4.098): $7.6MM Travis Snider, OF...

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Pirates Designate Axford and Gomez For Assignment, Acquire Justin Sellers From Indians
Oct25

Pirates Designate Axford and Gomez For Assignment, Acquire Justin Sellers From Indians

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated pitchers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez for assignment. In a separate transaction, they acquired 28-year-old infielder Justin Sellers from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. Charlie Morton has also been activated from the 60-day disabled list, meaning the 40-man roster remains filled. Sellers has played parts of the last four seasons in the majors, spending 2011-13 with the Los Angeles...

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Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Reaches Base Three Times Again
Oct25

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Reaches Base Three Times Again

In the Dominican on Friday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-3 before being pinch-hit for late in a one-sided game. He was at second base again after splitting the previous game between shortstop and second. Rafael Perez pitched against Hanson’s team and the first batter he faced was the pinch-hitter for Hanson. He got a fly ball for the final out of the seventh inning. In the eighth, he gave up two solo homers while recording just...

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