• Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Center Field

    The Pirates watched as Andrew McCutchen put together an impressive 2012 season while roaming center field. When he wasn't hitting a career-high 31 bombs --which lead the team -- or setting another career-high in batting average (.327), McCutchen was showing off his speed in the spacious outfield by making diving plays. The...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Corner Outfield

    In Spring Training, the corner outfield position looked to be an easy lock for the Pirates. Alex Presley would break big league camp for the first time in his career and play left, with Jose Tabata playing in right field. Presley was coming off a .298 average during his rookie season in...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Shortstop

    After deciding to part ways with shortstop Ronny Cedeno, the Pirates upgraded the position defensively last November by bringing Clint Barmes in on a two year deal. The 33-year-old had a pedigree for an impressive glove at short, and provided a solid glove for the Pirates in 2012. The first two months...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Third Base

    When Pedro Alvarez was struggling in spring training -- the third baseman hit just .170 over the 19 games -- many fans were passionate about sending him to Triple-A to start the season. Alvarez developed a toe tap at the plate during the offseason, but he and Manager Clint Hurdle decided to...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Season Recap: Second Base

    Neil Walker was the steady glove at second base for the majority of the season. He appeared in 101 of the first 103 games over the first four months before an injury forced Walker to end his 2012 season early. Walker was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his low back, which forced his...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: First Base

    The Pirates broke camp in spring training with Casey McGehee and Garrett Jones to platoon at first base, with Matt Hague making the team on the bench as another option. By the end of the season McGehee was traded for Chad Qualls, Hague was sent to the minors, and the Pirates may...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Catching

    The Pittsburgh Pirates backstops saw no lengthy injuries during the 2012 season, and they needed just two catchers for the entire season for the first time since 2000 (Jason Kendall and Keith Osik). The Pirates in 2011 used eight. Rod Barajas and Michael McKenry connected for 23 long balls. Only three National...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap

    The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the 2012 season four games below .500 (79-83) to extend their losing streak to 20 consecutive seasons. Those 79 wins tie the 1997 season for the best record during the losing streak. "You look at the pitching rotation, the pitching overall has continued to evolve in a much...

  • Bradenton Marauders 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

    Complete Bradenton Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects Going through all of the players at the Bradenton level, and coming up with a top ten list of prospects was difficult. For one, a lot of players were promoted quickly, and didn't qualify for this list. Guys like Jeff Inman or Kyle...

  • Bradenton Marauders 2012 Season Recap: Pitchers

    Bradenton had the top pitchers in the farm system at the start of the year, making them the team to watch. A few other pitchers stepped up, although the majority of the arms profile as future relievers. The most intriguing arm to step up this year was Casey Sadler, who made the...

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