Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Four Strong Against Yankees

Gerrit Cole took the mound at Pirate City today for a start against the New York Yankees’ A-ball team. Cole made his last start against the Yankees’ Double-A team earlier in the week. The outing for the 2011 first overall pick was a strong one. Cole went four innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and one strikeout. He threw 53 pitches, with 38 going for strikes. In the first inning Cole got two ground outs...

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McDonald Takes No-Hitter into 6th in Bucs 5-4 Loss to Astros

BRADENTON, Fla. – Right-hander James McDonald took the mound in the 6th inning with one out at McKechnie Field on Saturday. After retiring his first batter, pinch-hitter Travis Buck connected for a single into shallow center field for a hit — the first that McDonald had given up during his seven inning outing. Immediately after giving up the single, the crowd at McKechnie gave McDonald a standing ovation. “I didn’t...

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Burnett Throws Live BP at McKechnie Field

BRADENTON, Fla. — Today was a day that A. J. Burnett referred to as ‘a big step forward’ and ‘very fun’. On Saturday, the right-hander threw his first live batting practice at McKechnie Field. First baseman Garrett Jones and catcher Michael McKenry stood in the cage as Burnett took the mound in Bradenton for the first time this spring. Burnett threw an inning (20 pitches), sat, then went out for another...

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Pirates Cut Mercer, Reyes, from Big League Camp

BRADENTON, Fla. – With just eight days remaining until the final Grapefruit League spring training game for the Pirates, the club took a step further to their final 25-man on Saturday. Prior to the their game against the Houston Astros, the Pirates cut five players from big league camp: infielder Jordy Mercer, and non-roster invite pitchers Shairon Martis, Jo-Jo Reyes and Doug Slaten and catcher Jose Morales. Mercer, 25, was...

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Pirates Notebook: Bedard Looking Forward to Opening Day Start

BRADENTON, Fla. — Lefty Erik Bedard has come a long way from the last time he got an Opening Day start — back in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. During ’08, Bedard was placed on the disabled list twice, once for inflammation in his left hip, the other was for stiffness in his left shoulder, which ended his season. Two months later, Bedard underwent arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder to remove any non-healthy...

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Prospect Notebook: Morris Working On Cutter, Owens Looks Crisp

Bryan Morris threw two innings today at Pirate City, and flashed a new pitch in the process. Morris throws a mid-90s fastball, and also flashes a good curveball, but today while watching him it appeared that he was also throwing a slider. I spoke with Morris afterwards, who mentioned that the pitch was a cutter. The pitch was a variation of a pitch Morris worked on last year, which was more of a slider. This year Morris has been...

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