A little more trivia…..
For each of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2006:
1. Which position player had the highest batting average (min. 200 at bats)?
2. Which batter had the most triples?
3. Which player had the most stolen bases?
Answers later today…..
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A super-utility man, returning to the Indians:
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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.