Analyzing the Opening Day Roster

The Opening Day roster is all but set. The Pirates cut nine players this morning, leaving 26 active players in camp. The only question mark remaining is whether Brandon Inge will start the season on the disabled list, which would put Josh Harrison on the bench. At this point it looks likely that Inge will start on the DL. Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington met with the media this morning to discuss some of the moves. Most of the...

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2012 GCL Pirates Season Preview

The GCL Pirates are very much about projection this year. The team is made up of a lot of international players making the jump to the US, and a lot of young draft picks. On the pitching side, the Pirates feature their usual assortment of high school pitchers with projectable arms. On the hitting side, there are a lot of potential breakout candidates. The big story this year will be Stetson Allie, who is converting to a hitting...

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2012 State College Spikes Season Preview

In the past few years, the State College Spikes have been heavy with pitching prospects, with not a lot of the system’s top hitting prospects. There will be a few notable hitters this year, but for the most part, the pitching trend should continue. Leading the way are top international prospect Luis Heredia, and 2011 over-slot pitchers Clay Holmes, Jake Burnette, and Jason Creasy. On the offensive side, we should see a lot of...

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State College Spikes Release Mini Camp Roster

The State College Spikes have released their mini camp roster for this weekend. The list of players is highlighted by right-handed pitcher Luis Heredia. The full roster includes the following players. Pitchers Lance Breedlove, RHP Jake Burnette, RHP Jordan Cooper, RHP Jason Creasy, RHP Emmanuel De Leon, RHP Justin Ennis, LHP Dalton Friend, LHP Tom Harlan, LHP Kyle Haynes, RHP Luis Heredia, RHP Clay Holmes, RHP Pat Ludwig, RHP Joan...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Dominican Summer League Preview

The 2012 Dominican Summer League rosters have been released as the teams kick off their 72 game season this weekend. This year the Pirates will have two affiliates in the league for the first time, as they decided to end their association with the Venezuelan Summer League after last season. New players will likely join this team as the season goes on and because the two teams are playing at the same complex, we will likely see players...

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Opening Day! Six Things For Indy Indians Fans To Watch For In April

The Indianapolis Indians open their season today, on the road in Toledo.¬† Most of the rest of the International League started last night, except for the Norfolk Tides and the Charlotte Knights, who were rained out in Charlotte.¬† The lights were on at Victory Field early this morning, even though the team is going on the road today. Here are six things for Indians fans to be watching for this month: 1. Starling Marte — This...

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