The Post-Gazette has reported that the Bucs have cut Jody Gerut. That’s no surprise at all. Of more importance is that Dave Littlefield confirmed that Brad Eldred will start seeing time in the outfield, probably not in actual Spring Training games right away. To quote a former colleague of mine: I sense danger. I mentioned in a previous post that I figured that Eldred would be as comfortable in the outfield as Greg Luzinski. I...
Another outfielder who could be with the Indianapolis Indians for 2007, and a fan favorite from last season….
born: 10/19/1980� in Norwich, Connecticut
ht: 5′ 11″���� wt: 197 lb������� B: Right�� T: Right
Rajai Davis (pronounced Rah -jay) was drafted by the Pirates in 2001.� He has moved up through the Pirates’ minor league system, collecting All-Star honors along the way for his hitting and baserunning: Gulf Coast League in 2002, South Atlantic League in 2003, Carolina League in 2004, and�Eastern League in 2005.� In 2005 for Altoona, Davis had another solid year, hitting for a .281 AVG�while stealing 45 bases to tie for the league lead.� His season ended early, when�his hand was fractured by being hit by a pitched ball.
Davis spent most of 2006 in Indianapolis, where he led off the batting order in 78 of the 92 games he started (he batted second in the order in the rest).� He batted for a .283 AVG, while stealing 45 bases, second highest in the International League.� He also led the league in fielding percentages for an outfielder, with .991.� In July, Davis hit for a .441 AVG, despite being on the DL for a week with a broken finger.� On August 14th, he was called up to the Pirates, where he appeared in 20 games, mostly as a pinch hitter,� getting 2 hits in 14 AB’s.� In the at bat in the photo above, he put down a successful sacrifice bunt.� Davis played winter ball for les Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League, appearing in 15 games, for a .227 AVG in 66 AB’s, with 6 stolen bases.�
Thus far in spring training as a member of the Pirates’ 40-man roster, Davis has not had much chance to show off his speed.� He got two hits and one stolen base in the Pirates’ first Grapefruit League game, but has had no hits since then.�� He is expected to return to Indianapolis this year, where his speed will be a welcome addition to the team.
Brad Eldred�hit another home run in yesterday’s game — straight to centerfield, and with the wind blowing in — but “only” hit a single today.
Michael Ryan hit a double and a single, with three RBI in today’s game.�
One of the seven deadly sins is envy. And I have it for Bruce Markusen who gets to live in Cooperstown and write about baseball for a living. Okay, I wouldn’t want to live in Upstate New York during the winter as I don’t enjoy that much snow. Markusen has previously written a biography of Roberto Clemente that I thought was well done and I rank as the second best Clemente biography behind the recent effort by David...
I’m watching the game, but I still have some other work that needs to get done. I’ll probably be due for a longer post tomorrow. For a summary of the game’s PBP, check out this post from a Bucs Dugout guest, bryanzane. You can also find the final box score here, Dejan’s recap here and Pirates.com’s summary here. Bucs/Rays Thursday at 1:05. Xavier Nady is slated to make his first ST appearance. —-...
Pittsburghers can breathe a sigh of relief, as the “strained MCL” that Freddy suffered in yesterday’s game should be nothing more than a day-to-day injury. As for the recap, it’s the same as last week: You can find the transcript of my live blog here, Dejans story at the Post-Gazette here and the motherships recap here. The Studs 1. Ian Snell, Pittsburgh Seven strikeouts in three innings. His fastball was...
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporting the first “reassignments” from big league camp to the minor league camp:
Bryan Bullington and John Van Benschoten were assigned to AAA Indianapolis.
Yoslan Herrera and Micheal Tejera were assigned to AA Altoona.
Brad Lincoln, Kip Bouknight, Steve Lerud, and David Parrish were also sent to the minor league camp, but not specifically assigned to a team.
Another prospective Indianapolis Indians’ player:
born 8/12/1980 in Los Angeles, California
Ht. 6′ 0″ Wt. 180 lb. B: Left T: Left
Buttler was drafted by the Pirates in the 14th round of the 2000 draft. He has moved up through the Pirates’ minor league system, though not particularly quickly: GCL Pirates and Williamsport in 2000, Hickory in 2001 and 2002, and Lynchburg in 2003 and 2004. He posted decent but not spectacular numbers along the way. In 2002, he was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team. Buttler split the 2005 season between Hickory, Lynchburg, and Altoona. He showed some improvement, hitting for a .333 AVG with 5 HR and 38 RBI in 57 games in Lynchburg, and for a .313 AVG with 7 RBI in 25 games with Altoona. He made only two fielding errors all season, for a .989 fielding average.
Buttler played most of the 2006 season in Altoona, where he was named to both the mid-season and post-season Eastern League All-Star teams. He hit 20 doubles, 5 HR, and 51 RBI, for a .292 AVG/ .345 OBP/ .445 SLG and 790 OPS. He had 21 stolen bases in 24 attempts. He was promoted to Indianapolis on Aug 15th and played in 20 games with the Indians, hitting 3 doubles and a triple with 5 RBI, for a .316 AVG/ .386 OBP/ .380 SLG and 766 OPS. He also stole 7 bases in 4 attempts. Buttler played winter ball for Pastora de los Llamos in Venezuela, where he hit .280 AVG with 5 doubles and 4 RBI in 28 games.
Buttler is a non-roster invitee in the Pirates’ big league spring training camp. He has appeared in 3 games so far, and had one sacrifice fly RBI in 5 plate appearances. He will probably start the 2007 season in Indianapolis, where we can hope to see him get a lot of singles and doubles, a few home runs, and show some speed on the basepaths.