• Pirate City Notes: Karstens, Taillon, Welker, Lineups

    Jeff Karstens will throw two innings in minor league camp today. - Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates The first cuts from major league camp came today, and the first games in minor league camp start this afternoon. I'll be covering the home games at Pirate City, which will include the Triple-A and Double-A...

  • Pirates Cut 11 Players, Including Jameson Taillon

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first cuts of Spring Training. So far they have cut four players today, with those players being Hunter Strickland, Vic Black, Matt Hague, and Clint Robinson. That could be all for now, but no word on that yet. I'll update this when more information becomes available....

  • The Pirates Have a New International Player at Pirate City

    Bealyn Chourio I was over at Pirate City yesterday watching batting practice, when I noticed a left-handed hitter I had never seen before. The hitter was making strong contact, and crushing a few pitches. I had no way of identifying him, since he was wearing a red shirt, meaning he was injured....

  • Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets Hit Hard, Irwin Drawing Some Attention

    Jeff Locke had a bit of a rough outing today at McKechnie Field. The left-hander was hit hard, with eight hits in 3.1 innings, although he managed to limit the damage with only two runs allowed. Part of the low run count was due to Phil Irwin stranding two in the fourth,...

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

    Tony Sanchez is getting more playing time with Russell Martin out. 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...

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

    A.J. Burnett picked off a runner in the first inning today. 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,...

  • 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. Tyler Glasnow getting...

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

    Phil Irwin had a 2.83 ERA in 130.1 innings last year, with an 8.1 K/9 and a 1.7 BB/9. 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...

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

    Gerrit Cole struck out six in three shutout innings today. 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 sitting 94-97 MPH, and throwing mostly fastballs. He didn't need...

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

    Tony Sanchez hit eight homers in 206 at-bats in Triple-A last year. 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...

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