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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Can Zack Dodson Bounce Back From His 2012 Season?

Zack Dodson has had two years worth of set backs in low-A. In 2011 he missed half the season with a broken hand. He did have good numbers when healthy, but only made 13 starts at the level. Dodson returned to West Virginia in 2012 and saw some struggles. In 2011 he had a 2.66 ERA in 66.2 innings, with a 6.2 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9. In 2012 he had a 4.86 ERA in 100 innings, with a 6.0 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9. The lefty entered the 2012 season...

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Prospect Notebook: Stolmy Pimentel Dominates, While A.J. Burnett . . . Not So Much

Well, okay, A.J. Burnett isn’t a prospect, but he was pitching against them today as the Yankees’ AAA and AA squads visited Pirate City. Burnett struggled throughout his outing, a lot of it due to control issues, and didn’t manage to complete all his innings due to per-inning pitch limitations. Odd things like that happen in spring training games, so there’s no point getting stressed about it. By contrast,...

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