Pirates Photos from Spring Training
Feb22

Pirates Photos from Spring Training

A few shots from today’s routine drills, with the emphasis on new guys.  Of the NRI pitchers the Pirates have brought in, Daniel Schlereth and Jake Brigham strike me as the most interesting. Outfielder Chris Dickerson has not been in drills the last two days, so he may have some minor injury or other issue.  

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Brandon Cumpton: From Early Season Disaster to Great MLB Depth
Feb22

Brandon Cumpton: From Early Season Disaster to Great MLB Depth

If you would have told me during the first week of the 2013 season that Brandon Cumpton would have played an important depth role with the Pittsburgh Pirates, I would have thought: 1. The Pirates were going to have a disaster of a year. or 2. You were crazy. Cumpton had a horrible start to the 2013 season. He gave up eight earned runs in 9.2 innings of work in his first two starts in Altoona, and all of this despite returning to the...

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Jameson Taillon Throwing Live BP to Alen Hanson and Michael Martinez (Video)
Feb22
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Spring Training Notes: Observations on the First Base Platoon
Feb21

Spring Training Notes: Observations on the First Base Platoon

Just a few notes from a routine day at Pirate City.  The team was primarily doing base running and infield drills, and batting practice. As per usual, for drills the Pirates have two groups, one made up primarily of regulars and the other primarily of non-roster invitees and other players who are fighting for the last roster spot or two.  Most of the latter, of course, will end up at Indianapolis. It’s easy to read too much into...

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Watch Brandon Cumpton Throw a Bullpen, Because It’s the Cump (Video)
Feb21
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Phil Irwin Healthy, Looking to Get Back to Being Philthy
Feb21

Phil Irwin Healthy, Looking to Get Back to Being Philthy

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the perfect situation for any young pitcher trying to break into the big leagues. The Pirates saw a lot of injuries, especially during the first three months of the season, leaving a lot of rotation spots up for grabs. Phil Irwin was one of those young pitchers who got an early shot at the majors, making his debut on April 14th. The debut didn’t go well, with Irwin giving up four runs in...

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