A super-utility man, returning to the Indians:
born:� 11/24/1976���� in Goshen, New York
Ht: 6′ 1″����� Wt:�� 200 lb.
B: Right���� T: Right
Mike Edwards is another of the Pirates’ Pennsylvanians.� Although he was born in Goshen, New York (just a short distance northeast of New York City ) Edwards graduated from high school in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.� He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 draft, and he played in Cleveland’s minor league system from 1995 through 2001, moving up as far as Buffalo (AAA).� He played mostly third base, though also saw a bit of action at first base.� At the end of 2001, he was granted free agency by the Cleveland Indians, and shortly afterwards signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds.� He played most of the 2002 season in Chattanooga (AA), where he hit ..307 AVG, and 15 games in�Louisville (AAA), where he hit .404 AVG.� Edwards played both�first base and outfield that season.� He was named to both the mid-season and post-season�Southern�League All-Star teams. �At the end of that season, he signed as a free agent with the Oakland A’s.� He played for Sacramento (AAA) for the 2003 and 2004 seasons, hitting .298 and .287 AVG respectively in those seasons, with a combined total of 27 HRs and 176 RBI.� He played all over the field during those seasons — outfield, first base, and third base. �He saw 4 games of major league time, getting one hit and�2 walks in 6 plate appearances.� The 2005 season found Edwards a free agent again.� He signed�with�the Los Angeles Dodgers, and�he played 32 games in two stints�with Las Vegas (AAA), hitting .280 AVG and 21 RBI.� He�also had two stints with�the Dodgers,�for a total of�88 games for manager Jim Tracy.� He hit .247 AVG, with 15 RBI.�
Jim Tracy became the new Pirates’ manager for the 2006 season, and shortly after, Edwards signed with the Pirates as a free agent.� He split the season between the Pirates and the Indy Indians, making several trips up and back during the season.� During his time with the Indians, Edwards started 6 games at first base, 22 games at third base, 35 games in left field, 2 games each in right and center fields, and 13 games as the DH.� Only Yurendell de Caster, who can also play second base, was more versatile than Edwards.� In 92 games with the Indians, Edwards hit .258 AVG, with 3 HR and 29 RBI.� He struggled at times, and seemed to have lost something from his timing at the plate after�periods with the Pirates — where he spent a lot of time on the bench�and in pinch-hitting roles.� In 14 games, he had 3 hits in 16 AB’s.
�Edwards again signed as a free agent with the Pirates for 2007.� He was a non-roster invitee to thePirates’ spring training camp.� In 13 Grapefruit League games, he has had 4 hits in 17 AB’s, with 2 RBI.� This week he was reassigned to minor league camp, and he will likely be playing with the Indians again this year.�
SPRING TRAINING GAMES:
Yesterday the Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 3 to 1 in Grapefruit League play.� Sean Burnett pitched 4.1 innings, giving up 2 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4, to get the win.� Shane Youman pitched one inning, with one hit, one walk, and one strikeout.� Neither Burnett nor Youman gave up any runs, so both continue to have no ERA.��Burnett and Youman are working hard to give the Pirates’ staff some tough decisions to make in the next 10 days.�
In today’s game, the Pirates lost 7 to 3 to the Boston Red Sox.� Tom Gorzelanny struggled with his control, and gave up 4 runs in 4.2 innings.� Andrew McCutcheon made one of the Pirates’ 4 hits, for an RBI.
The Indy Indians lost 4 to 2 to the Rochester Red Wings yesterday in their spring training game.� Indians’ starter Wardell Starling took the loss.� The Indians put up 11 hits, but left 11 baserunners stranded.� RF Adam Boeve went 2 for 3 with one RBI; 3B Chris Truby went 2 for 5 with one RBI; CF Rajai Davis went 2 for 5 with 2 stolen bases.� The Indians did not have a game today.� Their next game will be on Thursday against the Pawtucket Red Sox in Bradenton.
If you’re reading the live blog after the fact, you’ll want to start from the bottom and work your way to the top. Bucs lose, box here. 3:30: David Murphy grounds to Brower to end the inning (and this live blog). The Sox are up 7-2. I’ll be watching the rest of the game, but no more updates. Thanks for the comments. 3:27: Alex Ochoa “throws lasers” from the outfield. Apparently when he played in Japan, he...
Ten days left until the opener, and here (as far as I can tell) is the depth chart of players still remaining in major-league camp. The position players: C Paulino Doumit Cota Diaz 1B LaRoche Eldred 2B Sanchez Kelly 3B Castillo Bautista DeCaster SS Wilson Hernandez OF Bay Nady Ryan McLouth CF Duffy Matos McCutchen The pitchers: Starters Relievers Duke Torres Snell Marte Maholm...
Jim Leyland, Andy Van Slyke and a handful of former Pirates made their returns to Bradenton today for a Grapefruit League matchup between Detroit and Pittsburgh. Sean Burnett threw 4.1 shutout innings, and Adam LaRoche went deep for our Bucs. You can find the box score here. The black and gold won, 3-1. Left-handed pitcher Shane Youman made his second relief appearance of the spring, throwing one scoreless inning. He allowed two...
A look at a pitcher who was in Indianapolis for part of last year…
born: 7/17/1982�� in Dallas, Texas
Ht: 6′ 3″����� Wt:� 190 lb
B: Right����� T: Right
Brian Rogers was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2003, out of Georgia Southern University.� He began his professional career that same year, with Oneonta (Low A ) and as in college, he was a starting pitcher.� He finished the season with a 3 – 2 record, 3.34 ERA, and 66 strikeouts in 56.2 innings.��He spent the entire 2004 season with West Michigan (A ) also as a starting pitcher, where he pitched 142.1 innings, earning 120 strikeouts though his record was 6 – 8, with a 4.55 ERA.� In 2005, he pitched in Lakeland (A+ ), where he switched to relief.� He finished with 4 wins and one loss and 2 saves.� In 65.2 innings, he struck out 65 batters, and opposing batters were able to hit only .212 against him.
Rogers continued to climb up the Tigers’ minor league system, starting the 2006 season with Erie (AA ).� He appeared in 37 games for the Sea Wolves, pitching 64 innings, with a 2.39 ERA and 69 strikeouts.� On July 31st, he was traded to the Pirates for Sean Casey, and he was assigned to Altoona.� He pitched in only two games with the Curve.� In 2 innings in each game, he gave up no runs and recorded 5 strikeouts.� Rogers was advanced to the Indy Indians on August 12th.� He pitched a total of 8.1 innings in 7 appearances with the Indians, for one win, one loss, and one save.� He gave up only 2 hits, including a home run for his only earned run, and struck out 8 batters.� That earned him a promotion to the Pirates on August 28th, and he made his MLB debut on Sept 1st, when he pitched one scoreless inning.� Rogers made 10 relief appearances for the Pirates over the month of September, with mixed results.� He finished the season with a 8.31 ERA, 8 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts in 8.2 innings.
�As a member of the 40-man roster, Rogers reported to the Pirates’ major league spring training camp.� He pitched 3.1 innings in 4 Grapefruit League games, earning one save and giving up 5 hits and two earned runs, with 6 strikeouts.� Yesterday he was assigned to the Indianapolis Indians in the minor league camp, where he will join the bullpen crew.�� A strong showing will earn him a return trip to Pittsburgh this season.�
The Pawtucket Red Sox beat the Indy Indians in yesterday’s spring training game, by a score of 4 to 2.� Pawtucket scored three runs in the first inning, sparked by a 2-run double by DJ Eric Crozier, and scored again in the 7th inning.� The Indians scored on two solo home runs, one by C Carlos Maldonado in the 7th, and one by 1B Carlos Ruiz in the 9th.� Starting pitcher John Van Benschoten pitched 3 innings and took the loss, giving up 6 hits, 3 earned runs, walking 2 and striking out six.� The Tribe meets the Rochester Red Wings tomorrow, in an afternoon game in Ft. Myers.�
In the Pirates’ Grapefruit League game, Don Kelly went 2 for 3, with a triple, one RBI, and a stolen base.� Brian Bixler also had a stolen base and scored a run.
ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS:
The Pirates signed RHP Alay Soler, from Cuba.� Soler was released a few days ago by the New�York Mets.� He will be joining the Pirates’ minor league camp, and might be starting the season in Altoona.�
IF Brian Bixler and C/3B Neil Walker were reassigned to minor league camp today.
First came the argument, posed by the Post-Gazette’s “Stats Geek,” Brian O’Neill, that the Pirates have a chance—however slim—of winning a weak NL Central Division in 2007. Charlie from Bucs Dugout didn’t agree, and he made his opinion known. So known, in fact, that Stats Geek found out and published a re-rebuttal, if such a concept exists. (And, for what it’s worth, Charlie fired back...