Pirates Notebook: Harrison Feeling Comfortable at Shortstop

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Over 18 games during Grapefruit League action, Josh Harrison has played at third, second and shortstop. Harrison, 24, is making progress at short during spring training. He is battling for a backup utility role, which would include playing games at short when Clint Barmes needs rest. “He’s making progress,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said of Harrison at short. “There have been a couple...

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Morton Progresses in Bucs Loss, Plans to Start Season In Discussion

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 6-4, to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday night. Right-hander Charlie Morton made his fourth official start of the spring during Grapefruit League action. Overall, Morton allowed six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over five innings. Morton threw 75 pitches. “That’s the good side of it. I did throw five innings,” Morton said. “I...

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Prospect Notebook: ZVR Hit Hard, Latimore Hoping For Walks

For the first half of the 2011 season, Zack Von Rosenberg was hit hard in West Virginia. The 2009 6th round draft pick turned things around in the second half, mostly focusing on pitching off his curveball, setting up more favorable counts to boost his confidence when it came time to throw his fastball. This spring the right-hander has moved the focus back to commanding his fastball, and the results have been similar to the first half...

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Stetson Allie Has Improved Command, But Will He Ever Start?

Developing prospects is a process that takes time. Because the process takes time, it requires patience. In some cases, you have to have an imagination, looking ahead to what a player could eventually become, rather than focusing on the recent results or what that player currently looks like. However, in most cases people are impatient. They don’t want to give the proper time for a prospect to develop. And imagination is out the...

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Pirates Notebook: Fryer Added Leg Kick Over Offseason

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Catcher Eric Fryer worked on incorporating a leg kick over the offseason. During the Fall Instructional League, which is held at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida, Fryer said it was one of his main focuses. “Mainly I really focused on hitting, trying to work in a slight leg kick, trying to keep more weight back and really stay behind the baseball when I’m swinging,” Fryer said. “It’s kind of...

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Prospect Notebook: Taillon Hit Hard, Allie Walks Five, Paulino’s Cannon

Top pitching prospects Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie took the mound today for their first starts at Pirate City this Spring. Both pitchers struggled in different ways, with both leaving their starts early in the fourth inning of action. Taillon was hit hard throughout the start. In the first inning he gave up a solo home run, and was sitting 96-97 MPH with his fastball. The second inning started off rough. After a four pitch walk,...

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