• The Depth At Triple-A Forces Some Position Changes and Returns in Altoona

    The cuts from major league camp left the Pittsburgh Pirates with a lot of options at the Triple-A level. Those options ended up holding a few players back in Altoona for the 2013 season. Early in minor league camp, the Pirates were playing Matt Curry, Adalberto Santos, and Andrew Lambo with the...

  • Pirate City Results: Pimentel Continues to Impress, Cole Gets Work Bunting

    Stolmy Pimentel has been impressive this Spring. If there's one player who has surprised me this Spring, it's been Stolmy Pimentel. When he came over from the Red Sox in the Joel Hanrahan trade, Pimentel looked like a fading prospect. He used to be one of the top arms in the Boston...

  • Pirates Notebook: Garrett Jones as a Number Two Hitter?

    Garrett Jones hit in the number two hole today. Garrett Jones hit in the number two spot today. Tomorrow he will do the same thing. When people have been thinking about possible lineups for the 2013 season, I don't think that many had Jones as an option to bat second. However, Pirates...

  • Analyzing the Opening Day Roster

    The Opening Day roster is all but set. The Pirates cut nine players this morning, leaving 26 active players in camp. The only question mark remaining is whether Brandon Inge will start the season on the disabled list, which would put Josh Harrison on the bench. At this point it looks likely...

  • Pirate City Notes: Minor League Rosters Starting to Take Shape

    Wandy Rodriguez and Tony Watson will be over from major league camp today, as the Triple-A and Double-A teams take on the Phillies farm system. We'll have bonus coverage tonight. Jessica Quiroli is in Clearwater, and will be providing some notes from the A-ball games on the road. The Pirates made what...

  • Pirates Make What Appears to be Final Cuts

    Kyle McPherson was optioned to Triple-A today. The Pittsburgh Pirates made the following moves this morning: Optioned Kyle McPherson, Alex Presley, and Jordy Mercer to Triple-A. Re-assigned Lucas May, Ryan Reid, Mike Zagurski, Carlos Paulino, Vin Mazzaro, and Felix Pie to minor league camp. That leaves 26 active players in camp, although...

  • Gerrit Cole vs Jameson Taillon at Pirate City

    Today was a camp day at Pirate City, which means intra squad games. Usually the Triple-A and Double-A teams go against each other on one field, with the A-ball teams squaring off on the opposite field. The upper level game featured a matchup of the top two prospects in the system. Gerrit...

  • Creating Space on the 40-Man For Sanchez and Inge

    Charlie Morton could be a candidate for the 60-day disabled list, which would clear a spot on the 40-man roster. The Pirates committed roster spots to Jonathan Sanchez and Brandon Inge today, which means they will eventually have to create spots on the 40-man roster for each player. Both players were Article...

  • Brandon Inge Makes The Team, But Could Start on the DL

    Brandon Inge made the team today. After committing to Jonathan Sanchez for the Opening Day roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a commitment to Brandon Inge for a roster spot. The team had until noon today to make a decision on Inge, or allow him to walk as a major league free agent....

  • Jonathan Sanchez Will Open the Season as the Fourth Starter

    Jonathan Sanchez will open the year as the fourth starter. Today was the deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates to make a decision on left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Early this morning Sanchez and his agent met in Clint Hurdle's office with Hurdle and Neal Huntington. The Pirates decided to add Sanchez to the...

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