Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Off-Season Contract Issues and Projections

The Pirates are going to have an interesting arbitration class this offseason. Several players — Garrett Jones, James McDonald, Neil Walker — could all stand to get pretty heavy pay raises, while pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens, both third time eligible, could serve as off-season trade chips. The Pirates also have an option on veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who which could be exercised to return as their backup....

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Polanco and Hanson Make the South Atlantic League Top 20

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2012 South Atlantic League today. It’s no surprise that Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson both made the list, with both prospects ending up in the top 10. The list can be viewed here, and scouting reports can be viewed here. Despite Hanson getting most of the attention this year, Polanco was ranked higher, coming in at number three on the list. Baseball America noted that...

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Pirates Hitting Coach Gregg Ritchie Will Not Return in 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — According to a source, Pirates hitting coach Gregg Ritchie will not return to Pittsburgh’s staff for the 2013 season. The Pirates enter game action with a team .243 average. Ritchie has been hired as a head coach at his Alma mater George Washington University. Ritchie was not fired, according to the source, but made the decision to coach his Alma mater. The Pirates agreed to let him accept the position....

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Exploring the Arsenal – Ben Sheets

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball...

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McDonald Steps Away From Game to Get on Track

James McDonald has made just one appearance out of the bullpen after he was replaced  in the rotation with Kyle McPherson on Sept 16, two days after his final start of the season against the Chicago Cubs. The move was not only to for the organization to get a look at the rookie McPherson, but to give McDonald a chance to get back on track after a rough second half of the season. McDonald didn’t retire a batter in his first...

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Evaluations Being Completed On Second Straight Collapse

‘I’m easy to please, and hard to satisfy,’ has been Manager Clint Hurdle’s MO since he took over as skipper prior to the 2011 season. And prior to Sunday’s finale with the Reds, Hurdle said there have been some things that have pleased him this year, but he’s not satisfied with the season by any means. “I’ve seen many times in my studies of history and of life and personally, sometimes...

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