Jameson Taillon Throwing a Bullpen to Russell Martin (Video)
Feb14

Jameson Taillon Throwing a Bullpen to Russell Martin (Video)

Jameson Taillon threw a bullpen today at Pirate City, pitching to Russell Martin. Taillon started from the windup, then moved to the stretch later in the session, and threw all of his pitches. The command on the curve looked spotty at times, but I generally don’t pass too much judgement on how a pitcher looks this early during Spring Training. If you missed it earlier, check out our video of Wandy Rodriguez throwing his bullpen...

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Outfield Defensive Shifts Might be the Next Big Thing for the Pirates
Feb14

Outfield Defensive Shifts Might be the Next Big Thing for the Pirates

Last year we focused on the defensive shifts that were employed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, aimed at getting better results for their ground ball heavy pitchers. James Santelli broke it down last summer, and pointed out the impact the shifts were having on the overall success of the team. As a side note, that article by James has been nominated for a SABR award, and the details to vote for the article can be found here. The Pirates...

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Wandy Rodriguez Gives Good News After First Bullpen (Video)
Feb14

Wandy Rodriguez Gives Good News After First Bullpen (Video)

Wandy Rodriguez threw his first bullpen of Spring Training, throwing 28 pitches. After the day was over, Rodriguez met with the media, and before any questions were asked, he offered up a comment. “I have good news for you guys. After my bullpen I felt nothing, so I feel very good,” Rodriguez said. The lefty used all of his pitches today, throwing a few curveballs at the end. He only threw three or four, with the plan to...

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Spring Training Notes: Burnett Reactions, Martin, Volquez, Wandy, Health
Feb14

Spring Training Notes: Burnett Reactions, Martin, Volquez, Wandy, Health

The Pirates opened Spring Training yesterday with the first workouts for pitchers and catchers. For all of our Spring Training coverage from yesterday and the rest of the Spring, check out the Spring Training page on the site. Below are the leftovers from day one, along with some video and a great quote from Russell Martin on the team’s chances in 2014. A.J. Burnett Reactions Russell Martin reacting to A.J. Burnett signing with...

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“We’re always going to rely heavily upon developing our own talent”
Feb13

“We’re always going to rely heavily upon developing our own talent”

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle met with the media this afternoon, following the first day of Spring Training workouts. Hurdle was asked about some of the prospects in the system who could make the majors this season. “We’ve got some much heralded young players coming up,” Hurdle said. “Guys like Taillon. Guys like Sadler, Thornton, Polanco, Hanson. Tony Sanchez is still right there, involved in that...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen
Feb13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have their first Spring Training workouts today. To get ready for Spring Training, we have been previewing one set of positions each day this week, and today we take a look at the final group. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield The Rotation Today we take a look at the bullpen. Generally the bullpen is one of few areas where spots are up in the air for non-roster invitees and...

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