Pirates Won’t Trade For a Catcher Following Chris Stewart’s Surgery
Mar21

Pirates Won’t Trade For a Catcher Following Chris Stewart’s Surgery

When asked whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would consider adding a backup catcher in light of Chris Stewart’s recent surgery, Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington responded with a quick “no”. “Never really was a choice, unless Chris was going to be out for the majority of the season,” Huntington said. “If it was a short-term loss, then Tony was going to be the guy. Absolutely have complete...

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Francisco Liriano Leaves as a Precaution With Groin Tightness
Mar20

Francisco Liriano Leaves as a Precaution With Groin Tightness

Francisco Liriano came out to the mound for the sixth inning tonight against the Orioles, after throwing five scoreless frames. Then, with two outs in the sixth inning, Liriano looked like he landed funny on his leg, leading to a trip to the mound from Russell Martin, Clint Hurdle, and a trainer. Liriano left the game, walking off with no assistance. After his outing he said that everything was fine, and that he only left as a...

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Pirate City Notes: Buddy Borden, Chad Kuhl, Erich Weiss, JaCoby Jones
Mar20

Pirate City Notes: Buddy Borden, Chad Kuhl, Erich Weiss, JaCoby Jones

The A-ball teams were in action at Pirate City today, playing the Toronto Blue Jays farm system. The highlights were 2013 draft picks Buddy Borden and Chad Kuhl pitching four innings each, along with Jeff Locke and Mark Melancon getting some work in, with each pitcher throwing two innings to start the game. Here are some notes from the day’s action. Tim Williams **I was mostly focused on Buddy Borden today, as this was the first...

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Wyatt Mathisen, Erich Weiss, and the Reese McGuire Domino Effect
Mar20

Wyatt Mathisen, Erich Weiss, and the Reese McGuire Domino Effect

On Tuesday we learned that Wyatt Mathisen would be making the move from behind the plate to third base in West Virginia during the 2014 season. That move is largely due to the presence of top catching prospect Reese McGuire. The Pirates drafted McGuire in the first round this past season, and he will see the bulk of the defensive work behind the plate. The Pirates wanted to get Mathisen everyday at-bats. They also didn’t think...

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The Edinson Volquez Experiment Isn’t Looking Good Right Now
Mar19

The Edinson Volquez Experiment Isn’t Looking Good Right Now

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of controversy surrounding their starting rotation this off-season. They declined to make A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer, believing him when he said that he would either return to Pittsburgh or retire. It appears they opted to go for an off-season plan that would have added James Loney at first base and Josh Johnson in the rotation for the same amount as the qualifying offer to Burnett. However, both...

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Wyatt Mathisen Moving to Third Base
Mar18

Wyatt Mathisen Moving to Third Base

Last week I reported that Jin-De Jhang would be moving up to Bradenton, solving the issue of having three catching prospects in West Virginia. That left Reese McGuire and Wyatt Mathisen as the catchers in West Virginia, with a possible time split that would favor McGuire. When I talked with Mathisen at the end of mini-camp back in January about the possibility of switching positions, he said he was still expecting to be at catcher,...

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