Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap
Mar10

Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap

Ben Badler from Baseball America released his recap of the 2013 signings by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Most of the bigger names are released when they sign, but as we saw with Badler’s recap last year, a player like Johan De Jesus could sign for $200,000 and there was no mention of it anywhere. Here is a look at what we know already, with notes below from Badler’s recap. In March, the Pirates signed Jherson Esqueda and...

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The Path to the Majors For Jameson Taillon and Casey Sadler
Mar10

The Path to the Majors For Jameson Taillon and Casey Sadler

This morning the Pittsburgh Pirates cut six players from Major League camp, including three starting pitchers. Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler, and Joely Rodriguez were all sent to the minors, which isn’t unexpected, as none of the three were projected to begin the season in Pittsburgh. “The starters that are in Major League camp, that we project to be starters in the minor leagues, they’re the ones that go out the...

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Pirates Cut Six Players, Including Jameson Taillon
Mar10

Pirates Cut Six Players, Including Jameson Taillon

The Pirates have cut six players this morning. The following 40 man players have been optioned to the minors. Alen Hanson (Altoona) Casey Sadler (Indianapolis) Joely Rodriguez (Altoona) The Pirates have also reassigned the following players to minor league camp. Matt Hague Carlos Paulino Jameson Taillon

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First Pitch: Clint Hurdle’s Awareness of the Minor League System
Mar10

First Pitch: Clint Hurdle’s Awareness of the Minor League System

There’s a perception with Clint Hurdle that he prefers veterans over rookies, and might not trust prospects. That often comes up in situations where he won’t play a certain prospect, or will go with a struggling veteran over a younger player who might be able to help in the short-term and long-term. I’ve had this perception of Hurdle at times, but the more you look at his actions, the more it looks like he’s...

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Week In Review: Minor League Games Should Bring Major League Cuts
Mar09

Week In Review: Minor League Games Should Bring Major League Cuts

This week, Spring Training will really kick off on this site. Minor League games start this week, which will give me a few important views. First, it will give an idea of where everyone will be starting the 2014 season. I’ll also see these guys in game action, which is a lot better than bullpen sessions, batting practice, and live BP. Therefore, I’ll get a better feel for who is looking good heading into the 2014 season,...

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Spring Training Notes: Wandy Rodriguez, Jason Grilli, Jeanmar Gomez
Mar08

Spring Training Notes: Wandy Rodriguez, Jason Grilli, Jeanmar Gomez

The Pittsburgh Pirates got some great results from their Major League pitchers yesterday, with Wandy Rodriguez, Jason Grilli, and Jeanmar Gomez combining for six shutout innings. Afterwards, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he was pleased with the three pitchers, and ran through what impressed him with each guy. Wandy Rodriguez - Hurdle pointed out that he had an aggressive approach, and also was mixing in some curveballs in the...

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