Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Minor League Rotations

I’ve been piecing together the minor league starting rotations, as well as the starting lineups. I’ve confirmed the rotations and the lineups with people in the Pirates’ front office. There are still some things that could change, but for the most part things are set. Below are the rotations, and the lineups can be seen here. Indianapolis Gerrit Cole, Kyle McPherson, Phil Irwin, Andy Oliver, Kris Johnson Notes: The...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Starting Rotation

The Pirates starting rotation shaped up to be a battle for one spot, but Jeff Karstens started having shoulder problems. Karstens appears likely on his way to a spot on the disabled list to start the season, which opened up another place in the rotation. A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald have all been penciled in in the top three spots for a while now, and word came in the middle of the week that Jonathan Sanchez would...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Infield

With Opening Day less than a week away and Spring Training coming to a close in Florida, it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at what the Pirates will put on the field next Monday when the Cubs visit PNC Park. The idea is to do one of these each day. I’ll break down the outfield, starting rotation, bullpen, bench and infield (today’s installment) individually. These are by no means meant to be a definitive prediction of...

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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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