The Bucs split their weekend games, thumping Minnesota, 13-7, and getting thumped by Tampa Bay, 12-4. Ian Snell was average; Tom Gorzelanny was abysmal. From the Post-Gazette: There’s a chance Freddy and John Grabow will both start the year on the disabled list (freeing up roster spots, potentially, for Don Kelly and Juan Perez); Gorzelanny and Tony Armas made the rotation at the expense of Sean Burnett, Shawn Chacon and Shane...
With a week left until the first fastball leaves Roy Oswalt’s hand, I figured I’d take one last look at what we Pirates fans are facing. Is it going to be another long 162 games? Instead of waxing pessimistic about the black and gold, I’ll play the role of RSS feed aggregator and bring you this off-season’s Most Valuable Posts from around the blogosphere as a sort of review preview. As an aside: If you’ve...
This is the 26th edition of Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable, a bi-weekly collaboration of Pirates writers and thinkers from around the Internet. If youd like to submit a question to our panel, or if youre interested in learning more about participating, e-mail the moderator here. Question #1: Based on what you’ve seen this spring (and considering their careers to date), take a guess at the timetables set for Brian Bixler, Neil...
A man who could be on the bubble:
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Adam Boeve (rhymes with “movie” ) was drafted by the Pirates in 2003.� He joined the Williamsport Crosscutters and played 39 games with them, hitting .250 AVG, with 3 HR and 16 RBI.� Boeve had an even better season in 2004 with Hickory, where he hit .290 AVG, 28 HR, and 92 RBI, with 10 stolen bases.� He was third among all Pirates’ minor leaguers in HR and RBI totals.� Boeve started the2005 season with Lynchburg�and played 71 games there.� His batting average rose to .313, and he hit 13 HR and�47 RBI, and stole 12 bases.� This earned him a spot on the Carolina League All-Star Team, and a promotion to Altoona on July 14th.� For the remainder of the season in Altoona, he hit .288 in 47 games, with 5 HR and 23 RBI.
Boeve returned to the Curve to start the 2006 season.� He hit 3 HR and 24 RBI with a .333 AVG in 38 games and was the Eastern League Player of the Month for April 2006.� On May 18th, he was promoted to Indianapolis, where he played for the rest of the season.� In Boeve’s first four games with the Indians, he went 10 for 15, including a double and a home run.� He remained a steady member of the outfield crew, hitting .269 AVG, with 6 HR and 37 RBI.� He was second on the team in stolen bases with 24.�
Boeve reported to the�Pirates’ minor league camp for spring training.� He appeared in�his first�Pirates’ Grapefruit League game today, and made a pinch-hit�single.� He has been playing with the Indians in their spring training games.� On March 20th, he went 2 for 3 with one RBI in the Indians’ loss to Rochester.� Boeve has earned a return to the Indians for the start of the 2007 season, but he could be the man on the bubble if there is a numbers crunch.� Vic Buttler and Rajai Davis are already slated for Indianapolis, and the Pirates have other outfielders who aren’t all going to be able to stay with the major league club:� Luis Matos, Michael Ryan, and Chris Aguila.� In addition, it is still possible that Brad Eldred could be sent to Indianapolis and told to get more experience in the outfield.� Mike Edwards and Yurendell de Caster also can play outfield.� The Pirates’ decisions regarding Eldred, Matos, Ryan, and Aguila will have a trickle-down effect for Boeve.� Also, if Andrew McCutcheon does well in Altoona (see below ) and is ready to move up to Indianapolis, someone else will have to make the opposite move to Altoona.�
The Indy Indians’ home opener on Thursday April 5th is a 2pm afternoon game.� If you need “help” getting out of work, you might need an excuse.� (I am very fortunate to have an understanding supervisor, who might think that I’m a bit crazy about this baseball stuff, but still lets me rearrange my work days so that I can get to Opening Day.� Thanks again, Jerry! )
Reassignments:� Andrew McCutcheon was optioned to Altoona today — the Pirates seriously considered starting him at Indianapolis, but decided that Altoona would be better at first.� Then if he does well, he will be brought up to Indy.� The idea being that it would be more discouraging if they started him at Indy and found that he struggled, and then had to send him down.� Don’t worry — it looks like we’ll be seeing him in Indy soon.�
Yurendell� de Caster (INF ) was also optioned to Indianapolis today, and RHP Jim Brower was assigned to minor league camp.
Yesterday Sean Burnett was optioned to Indianapolis, despite having pitched 11.1 scoreless innings in spring training.� That’s an ERA of ZERO.� His comments in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.� The key will be for Burnett to come to Indianapolis as a man on a mission, and not a man with a chip on his shoulder.
The Pirates are still 10 players over the opening day limit, so be looking for more roster moves all this week.�
And you wonder why this organization has been an also-ran for 15 years now ?? The Bucs made their latest bonehead move, reassigning Sean Burnett to AAA Indy. I’m sure we’ll hear all of the typical rhetoric from Littlefield eventually, like he needs to keep working on his mechanics, keep getting his arm stronger, yadda, yadda. Yeah, he was really struggling out there this year, no doubt. That gooseegg in the ERA column...
We can all admit that when we heard Jim Tracy name Jose Bautista the starting third baseman, we were a bit surprised. I thought—as did many members of the blogosphere—that the Spring Training competition between the Joses was all for show. Bautista, to me, projects as a more useful super-utility player than an everyday starter (at least at this stage in his career). Castillo’s been a semi-regular contributor in the...