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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Morton Solid in Start, Plans to Be Ready for Season

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates (7-12)  lost 7-2 to the Detroit Tigers (14-3) at McKechnie Field on Friday afternoon. Right-hander Charlie Morton tossed four scoreless frames scattering two hits and struck out two in his fourth official Grapefruit League start of the spring. Morton threw 55 pitches over his four inning outing. The two lone hits Morton gave up came in the first and third inning. Andy Dirks led off the 1st frame...

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Alvarez Sidelined with Knee Discomfort

BRADENTON, Fla. — Third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Thursday’s 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with discomfort and inflammation in his left knee. Alvarez is currently day-to-day and will likely be out of game action through the weekend, the team says. “I think it was more or less running,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said on how he sustained the injury. “He either hit a bag or stepped behind a...

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Hague Looking to Hit His Way to Pittsburgh

BRADENTON, Fla. — All Matt Hague has done in his professional career is hit. Hit, hit, hit. And so far during the Grapefruit League this spring, Hague has continued to swing a hot bat. So much in fact that Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle has a nickname for him, ‘the hit collector.’ The 26-year-old was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 9th round of the 2008 draft after playing college ball at the University of Washington and...

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Pirates Notebook: Navarro Battling For Bench Job

BRADENTON, Fla. — Over the offseason, the Pirates made a trade for infielder Yamaico Navarro from the Kansas City Royals in return for hard throwing righty prospect Brooks Pounders and international minor leaguer Diego Goris. “I was a little bit surprised, but I’m very happy here,”Navarro said. “Ball’s a little different [in the National League].” Navarro is battling for a utility bench job this spring...

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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 gun reading? 93 MPH. Alderson followed with three straight 91 MPH fastballs, getting a ground out back to the mound. In the next at-bat he led off with...

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