How Tony Sanchez Almost Hit A.J. Burnett in the Head With a Throw

A.J. Burnett pitched a good inning to start today’s game, including picking off a runner at first. After the frame he was greeted in the dugout by his catcher, Tony Sanchez. “Good job, good job,” Sanchez said to Burnett in the dugout. “Can you do me one favor please?” “No, what?” Burnett responded. “It was a good first inning, what do you want?” “Could you get out of the way...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitchers Buying Into The Pickoff; Burnett Has His Best Outing

It’s starting to become a familiar sight this Spring to see a Pirates pitcher picking off a runner at first. On Thursday, James McDonald started the game by allowing a single, then erased the runner with a pickoff to first. Today, A.J. Burnett started the game the same way. Darin Mastroianni started the game with a single, but was immediately picked off by Burnett at first. “I know they’re going to run on Burnett. I...

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The 2012 GCL Pirates Receive Their Championship Rings

Yesterday at McKechnie Field, the 2012 GCL Pirates received their championship rings from the previous season. I uploaded pictures of the ring ceremony today to the Pirates Prospects Facebook page. You can check out all of the pictures here, and be sure to “Like” the page when you’re there.

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The Transformation of Phil Irwin From a 21st Round Pick to a Legit Prospect

When the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Phil Irwin, he was known as the other pitcher from Mississippi in the 2009 draft. The Pirates also selected Nate Baker in the 5th round that year. Baker and Irwin were the number two and three starters in the Ole Miss rotation in 2009, with the ace of the staff being 2010 first rounder Drew Pomeranz. Irwin was taken in the 21st round. A college pitcher taken in the 21st round usually doesn’t...

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Pirates Notebook: Gerrit Cole Dominates, But Don’t Expect Him To Make the Team

Gerrit Cole didn’t have much trouble taking on Spain. The right-hander threw three shutout innings in his second Spring Training appearance, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out six. He was sittingĀ 94-97 MPH, and throwing mostly fastballs. He didn’t need anything else. “He was focused. He went out there with a focus and with intent,” Clint Hurdle said of the outing. “Loved the pace and...

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Tony Sanchez Has the Defense, But Can He Hit in the Majors?

One thing that will probably always surround Tony Sanchez is the controversy of his selection in the 2009 draft. The Pirates passed on a group of highly rated prep pitchers to take Sanchez fourth overall. The selection was made for two reasons. The main reason was that the Pirates could sign Sanchez for around slot price, and use the extra money on prep pitchers in the middle round. The Pirates also liked Sanchez’s defense, and...

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