• Pirates Notebook: Clichés Are True in the Short Term, Useless in the Long Term

    A.J. Burnett "got his work in" today. It's very cliché. You hear it all the time during Spring Training right after a starter had a bad outing. "This is one of those outings in Spring Training, you walk away, you say he got his work in, you move on," Clint Hurdle said...

  • Pirates Notebook: A Comeback For Jose Tabata, Or A Small Sample Size?

    Jose Tabata has three doubles and a homer so far in Spring Training. Spring Training usually means two things. One is that you'll hear a lot of stories about how a player is reviving their career. This comes in many forms. There's the "best shape of his life" talk. Sometimes it has...

  • 2013 Could Be the Season Where Jameson Taillon is Finally Unleashed

    Jameson Taillon throwing to Tony Sanchez in Thursday's start. Jameson Taillon had an up and down year in 2012. He started off the season with seven amazing outings, combining for six earned runs in 36.2 innings, with a 36:7 K/BB ratio. From there, things went steadily down hill for the next two...

  • Pirates Notebook: Leroux Getting His Strength Back; Burnett’s Spring Prep

    Chris Leroux lost some velocity and relied on his slider more in 2012 due to his strained pectoral injury. When I was looking over Chris Leroux's stats for the 2013 Annual, I noticed two red flags in his pitch selection. First, I noticed that he was leaning more on his slider in...

  • Prospect Notebook: Josh Bell Has Been Working Out at IMG Academy

    Josh Bell attended the IMG Academy this off-season with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, and Neil Walker. The 2012 season was supposed to be the first full pro season for top outfield prospect Josh Bell. Instead, the outfielder went down early in the season with a knee injury. After undergoing MCL surgery, he...

  • Could Tyler Glasnow Be As Good As Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon?

    Tyler Glasnow is now 6' 8", 220 pounds and hits 96 MPH with his fastball. The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent about $9.5 M from 2008-2012 on middle round prep pitchers. The majority of them have been the same: tall, skinny pitchers with fastballs in the 88-92 MPH range, and hopes that those...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Minor League Spring Training Roster

    I just received a copy of the Minor League Camp roster, listing every player who will be participating in the minor league portion of Spring Training. Only a few players have reported to camp so far, with March 3rd being the deadline for all players to report. * = Left Handed #...

  • Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon Set to Kick Off the Spring Training Schedule

    I got down to Bradenton around noon on Wednesday, after about 15 hours of driving from Virginia. For the last two days I've been unpacking the moving truck. That's not finished yet, but I thought I'd take a break for this. The Pirates are set to open their Spring Training schedule today...

  • Spring Training Notes: February 19

    The Pirates, still early in spring training, ran some light drills on Tuesday morning.  The regimen consisted mainly of drilling the pitchers on backing up bases, fielding grounders, and numerous pitchers throwing briefly to hitters.  Among the pitchers getting some mound work were A.J. Burnett, James McDonald, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Jason...

  • Spring Training 2013 Position Battles: The Bullpen

    With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker....

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