More Players Cut as Opening Day Approaches

As Cory mentioned below, both the Post-Gazette and Trib-Review are reporting that Josh Sharpless has been assigned to AAA. Also gone are Einar Diaz and Mike Ryan. Sharpless posted a low ERA in Spring but walked more hitters than he struck out (8 to 7) in 8 games pitched. Ryan hit the ball well, but at 29 is far from a prospect. Diaz didn’t play much. His demotion clears the way for Humberto Cota to stick with the big club should...

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Spring Training Game 29: Bucs/Sox Live Thread

Dejan’s recap at the P-G: “Armas, Paulino spur Pirates past Red Sox, 3-2.” Good to have him back. Paul Meyer just doesn’t do it for me. —- Heading into the seventh inning stretch, it’s the Pirates on top, 3-2. Armas went 5.2, allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs and 2 walks. He struck out six. Cause for concern: Two wild pitches and more fly outs (seven) than ground outs (four). Not huge issues, but...

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Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 8

Continuing with a string of posts the looks at whether or not ill-conceived trades made to acquire the players on the 1979 roster doomed the team to flounder in mediocrity in the mid-1980s. I think no, but let’s continue with Bill Robinson. The Trade On April 5, 1975, the Pirates acquired Robinson even up for Wayne Simpson. The Background The Pirates had an insane amount of talent in the outfield in 1974. The primary outfielders...

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Kevin Gryboski, in relief

A pitcher new to the Pirates’ organization:
KEVIN GRYBOSKI
pitcher
born:� 11/15/73�� in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Ht: 6′ 5″��� Wt: 230 lb
B: Right�� T: Right
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Kevin Gryboski was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1994.� For the first few years of his career, in the lower levels of the Mariners’ system, he worked mostly as a starting pitcher.� In 1998, at Lancaster (A+ ) he appeared mainly as a relief pitcher, earning a 2.65 ERA in 85 innings.� He spent the 1999 – 2001 seasons in New Haven and �Tacoma, where he worked in relief, as a set-up and middle reliever, and as a closer.� He earned 33 saves over those three seasons.�
In January 2002, Gryboski was traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Elvis Perez.� He started the 2002 season with Richmond but was there for only a few days before being recalled to Atlanta.� He spent a short time in July on the DL with a sore right elbow, and was optioned down to Richmond again for 12 days in August, and then returned to Atlanta at the beginning of September.� Overall for Atlanta, Gryboski made 57 appearances, all in relief, for a total of 51.2 innings, earning a 3.48 ERA with 50 hits and 33 strikeouts.� He also pitched in 2 post-season Division Series games, going 3.2 innings without�allowing a run.� Gryboski spent all of the 2003 season with Atlanta, starting off slowly, but�finishing strong, despite a four-week stint on the DL with shoulder tendinitis.� He also appeared in all 5 games of the Braves post-season, allowing only one run in the series.� He posted a 3.86 ERA for the year, in 44.1 innings, with 44 hits and 33 strikeouts.� He continued just as strongly in 2004, earning his first two major league saves, with a 2.84 ERA in 30.2 innings.� He again pitched in the post-season for the Braves, and once again he allowed only one run while pitching in all 5 games (4.1 innings) in middle relief.�
Gryboski began the 2005 season with the Braves, totalling 21.1 innings in 31 appearances, for a 2.95 ERA.� On July 21st, he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Matt Lorenzo.� He didn’t fare well in Texas, though, pitching only 9.2 innings in 11 appearances, with an 11.17 ERA, 17 hits, 12�earned runs, and 8 walks.�
In February 2006, Gryboski signed a contract with the Washington Nationals.� He spent the year hopping back and forth between Washington and New Orleans (AAA).� He did well in 52 appearances with New Orleans, posting a 3.71 ERA and 7 saves in 60.2 innings.� His time in Washington was less encouraging, though, giving up 9 earned runs in 5.2 innings.
Gryboski was signed to a minor league contract with the Pirates and reported to major league camp as a non-roster invitee.� In 8 Grapefruit League appearances, Gryboski pitched 8.1 innings.� On March 16th, he gave up 2 hits and 3 earned runs; in all of his other appearances, he did not allow any runs to score.� Over the weekend, he was assigned to minor league camp, where he will likely be assigned to the Indianapolis roster.��
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NOTES:
Catching up on Indy Indians’ spring training games:
Friday:� The Indians beat the Norfolk Tides by a score of 7 to 4.� Pirates’ Zach Duke came to the minor league camp to take the starting duty.� He pitched 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 earned runs, and made 3 strike outs.� Jesse Chavez pitched the 9th inning for the save.� Tribe batters collected 11 hits, including CF Rajai Davis’s 4 for 4 and DH David Parrish’s 2 for 3.
Saturday: The Indians and the Louisville Bats played 9 innings to a 5 – 5 tie.� John Van Benschoten started the game for the Tribe, and pitched 4 innings, giving up 3 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, with 5 strikeouts.� Rajai Davis continued his big hitting with a home run.� Adam Boeve also hit a home run for the Indians.
Sunday:� The Norfolk Tides were victorious this time, beating the Indians 2 to 1.� The loss went to Jesse Chavez, who entered the game in�relief to pitch the 7th and 8th innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 earned runs.� 1B Carlos Ruiz went 3 for 4 and SS Brian Bixler went 2 for 3, as the Indians put up 10 hits, but also left 10 baserunners stranded.�
Monday:� The Indians had a home-run-fest this afternoon in Bradenton, beating the Louisville Bats 13 to 6.� Switch-hitting 2B Taber Lee led the home run barrage with two blasts (4 RBI), one from each side of the plate.� CF Nyjer Morgan (2 RBI), 1B Mike Edwards (2 RBI), and DH Chris Aguila (1 RBI) also hit home runs.�� Indians pitcher Kip Bouknight took the victory by pitching 5 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 4 batters.�
The Indy Indians’ next spring training game will be tomorrow at 1 pm, against the Norfolk Tides in Bradenton.�
In the Pirates’ game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays today, pitcher Masumi Kuwata was injured in the�top of the 8th inning, when was backing up a play at third base.��Kuwata collided with umpire Wally Bell, and he�sustained an injury to his right ankle, and was taken off the field on a golf cart.� He went to Manatee Memorial Hospital for x-rays, which suggested that the injury is a grade 3 (out of 3, the most severe) sprain.� Kuwata was slated to start the season with Indianapolis, but it is unlikely that he’ll be ready to play again by the end of next week.�

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Stats

First Pitch Swinging Data by Randy Linville The Internet is a beautiful thing. And among the most beautiful things on the WWW is baseball-reference.com. One of the recently added features to that site is a compilation of pitch data for each player. So, we can see how many strikes a player took and how many times he swung at the first pitch. Under a player’s splits, I can see how many one-pitch at-bats he had. They have yet to compile...

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2002 First Pitch Swinging Data

Player OBP PA 1st% 1st Pitch Swing PAs 1 Pitch PAs 1 Pitch OBP Giles, Brian .450 644 23 148 64 .328 Kendall, Jason .350 605 13 79 50 .360 Wilson, Jack .306 586 23 135 64 .276 Ramirez, Aramis .279 570 39 222 82 .317 Young, Kevin .322 525 32 168 48 .375 Reese, Pokey .330 475 19 90 36 .286 Mackowiak, Rob .328 439 38 167 55 .333 Wilson, Craig .355 424 38 161 48 .511 Nunez, Abraham .311 286 35 100 41 .325 Brown, Adrian .284 232 26 60 29...

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