Prospect Notebook: Hafner Having Success With New Slider; Kingham and Fuesser Pitch Well

The Pirates took on the Blue Jays in three lower level minor league games.  The two class A squads hooked up, while the teams added a rookie level game. The high A game featured Nick Kingham, although he didn’t start.  Jared Hughes opened the game, throwing a dozen pitches and then departing.  That left Isaac Sanchez to let two inherited runners score, mainly due to a routine grounder that shortstop Alen Hanson fumbled. Kingham...

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Prospect Notebook: Casey Sadler, Brandon Cumpton and Duke Welker

The Pirates’ AAA and AA squads took on their Toronto counterparts at Pirate City today.  They got good starts from Brandon Cumpton in the AAA game and Casey Sadler in the AA game.  Cumpton went four and a third innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, with one strikeout.  He threw 62 pitches, 40 for strikes, with his fastball sitting at 90-92.  Cumpton in the past has reached the mid-90s coming out of the bullpen, so...

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Pirate City Notes: Welker, Curry, Santos, Rojas, Rowland, Allie, 2013 Draft

Below are the lineups, pitchers, and notes for each game. The Triple-A and Double-A squads are home. Also, Duke Welker will be throwing a simulated game. Welker was experiencing some shoulder soreness earlier in Spring Training, before being demoted to minor league camp. One big difference this year at Pirate City is that the Pirates haven’t been playing many games with their lower level guys. That’s because they...

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Prospect Notebook: Good Pitching in the Class A Games

The Pirates played host to the Yankees’ class A teams at Pirate City today, in games dominated by the pitching.  Outside of a first inning outburst by the Pirates’ high A squad, there was little offense. The low A game finished in a 1-1 tie, as Joely Rodriguez put together a strong start.  He allowed just one unearned run on one hit and one walk over four innings, while fanning four.  The left-hander threw his fastball in...

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Pirates at Pirate City: Jason Grilli, Charlie Morton (Video)

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was over at Pirate City today, instead of being in Fort Myers for this afternoon’s game. There were also a few major leaguers in camp, with Jason Grilli and Charlie Morton both getting a lot of attention. Notes below. **Grilli pitched an inning against the New York Yankees high-A squad. He didn’t have much trouble, getting two groundouts and a strikeout. The notable thing about today...

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Pirates Release Brad Hawpe

The Pittsburgh Pirates have granted Brad Hawpe his unconditional release today, cutting camp down to 36 active players. Hawpe didn’t really have a shot at making the team, and it seems that he didn’t want to go to Triple-A. He wouldn’t have had much of an opportunity there, since the Triple-A outfield is starting to look crowded. The Spring Training tracker has been...

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