Major League Roster Predictions With One Week Remaining in Camp

The Pirates made three cuts this morning, trimming the active roster down to 37 players. The Spring Training tracker has been updated with the moves, and the position battles at the bottom of the tracker have been updated. However, I wanted to take a closer look at each battle with a week remaining in camp. Below I break down each position battle, with all of the contenders included — even guys I have listed in red on the...

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Pirates Option Bryan Morris, Re-Assign Two More

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few cuts from major league camp this morning. They optioned right-hander Bryan Morris to Triple-A, and reassigned infielders Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Jared Goedert to minor league camp. It was previously believed that Morris was out of options, although earlier this week we learned that he was granted a fourth option year. De Jesus had a very small chance of making the team after the addition of John...

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Prospect Notebook: Alex Dickerson’s Back Problems Could Have a Solution

If you’ve been following my daily lineup notes, you probably noticed that Alex Dickerson had been out of the lineup for about a week. The first baseman wasn’t a red shirt, and finally returned to game action today. “Now I’m feeling real good,” Dickerson said of the stiffness. “It was rough for a couple of days. Just kind of locked up, and then after we worked on it, released the joint and I felt a...

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How Did Vic Black Get His Unusual Delivery?

The majority of Pirates fans haven’t had many chances to see Vic Black pitch. They’ve probably seen the numbers, highlighted by a 1.65 ERA and an 85:29 K/BB ratio in 60 innings in Altoona last year. They might have heard of his fastball, which usually sits in the 96-98 MPH range, and has touched triple digits. He’s been on top prospect lists, is named as one of the top relief prospects in the system, and was added to...

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Pirate City Notes: Jhang, Oliver, Dickerson, Mathisen

Back to Pirate City after taking a day off yesterday to recover from a brief illness. What do baseball players say this time of year? If it was during the season, I would have been fine, but because it’s Spring Training I wanted to be cautious. Well that probably wasn’t the case here. You ever have a fever so bad that it makes you feel like you’ve dropped acid? Like where you finally get to sleep at 1:30 in the...

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Injury Updates: Tony Watson, Charlie Morton, Ali Solis

Yesterday the Pirates had several players rehabbing over at Pirate City. Tony Watson threw an inning in one of the minor league games, while Charlie Morton threw a bullpen and live batting practice, and Ali Solis took live batting practice. I spoke with all three players after their work. I’ve been under the weather the last two days, so here is the delayed update. **Tony Watson had been out of action since February 28th,...

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