• Prospect Notebook: Alderson Touches 93 MPH

    I wrote the other day about Tim Alderson going back to an old long toss program, and how his old velocity is back this Spring. Alderson threw an inning today in the Triple-A game, and the results were once again strong. The first pitch out of Alderson's hand was a fastball. The...

  • Pirates Name Bedard Opening Day Starter

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- After the Pirates 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field, Manager Clint Hurdle announced that left-hander Erik Bedard will be the Opening Day starter on April 5 at PNC Park against the Philadelphia Phillies. Hurdle also said that Jeff Karstens will start...

  • Pirates Lose 8-6, to Rays in See-Saw Game

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-6 at McKechnie Field on Thursday. Right-hander Jeff Karstens allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out three in his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring....

  • Pirates Notebook: Burnett Throws Third Bullpen

    BRADENTON, Fla. --Right-hander A.J. Burnett continues to make progress back from eye surgery to repair the fractured orbital bone in his right eye while fouling on a bunt attempt at Pirate City. Burnett threw a 52-pitch bullpen session at McKechnie Field on Wednesday morning with pitching coach Ray Searage looking on. It was the...

  • Prospect Notebook: Alvarez and Jones Homer at Pirate City

    Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a home run today at Pirate City. Today was another camp day at Pirate City. Unlike yesterday, the Pirates only had one intersquad game going, this one lasting three and a half innings. Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson were scheduled to throw in the game, with Pedro...

  • Four Run Rally, Long Balls, Give Pirates Win

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Trailing 1-0 to the Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field on Wednesday afternoon, the Pirates rallied for four runs off lefty Jon Lester in the 3rd inning. Josh Harrison ripped a leadoff double down the left field line to start the frame. Harrison, who finished the day 2-for-3, is hitting...

  • A Rotation Full of Prospects at Indianapolis

    Last year it looked like the Pittsburgh Pirates would have a rotation full of prospects. Brad Lincoln was expected to start the year in Triple-A, while the "Altoona Four" of Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, and Jeff Locke were expected to make the jump to the next level. Only two of...

  • Pirates Reassign Four to Minor League Camp

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Prior to the club's 1:05 start against the Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field, the Pittsburgh Pirates reassigned four players to minor league camp. Those players include: outfielder Brandon Boggs, right-hander Daniel Cabrera, infielder Jeff Clement, and right-hander Tim Wood. Boggs went 2-for-20 this spring (.100 avg) with eight...

  • Pirates Release Ten Minor League Players

    Calvin Anderson was one of ten players released yesterday. The Pittsburgh Pirates released ten players from minor league camp yesterday, Pirates Prospects has learned. The players released, and some brief information on each: Calvin Anderson - The 6' 7", 240 pound first baseman had the build of a defensive lineman, which is...

  • Pirates Notebook: Watson Focusing on Consistency

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Left-hander Tony Watson spent the offseason focused on consistency. After making his Major League debut with the Pirates on June 8 against Arizona last season, Watson finished with a 3.95 ERA over 43 appearances (41.0 innings). But his ERA jumped up and down over his four months in Pittsburgh....

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