Wyatt Mathisen Moving to Third Base
Mar18

Wyatt Mathisen Moving to Third Base

Last week I reported that Jin-De Jhang would be moving up to Bradenton, solving the issue of having three catching prospects in West Virginia. That left Reese McGuire and Wyatt Mathisen as the catchers in West Virginia, with a possible time split that would favor McGuire. When I talked with Mathisen at the end of mini-camp back in January about the possibility of switching positions, he said he was still expecting to be at catcher,...

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Pirate City Notes:  Altoona Plays Longball
Mar18

Pirate City Notes: Altoona Plays Longball

The Pirates’ AAA and AA teams hosted their Phillies’ counterparts today at Pirate City.  These games hold less interest for me right now than the single-A teams (which of course were on the road), as they’re made up more heavily of non-prospects.  The AAA team doesn’t even have very many interesting minor league veterans right now, because they’re mostly still in major league camp.  Until some more cuts...

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Chris Stewart Could Have Knee Surgery
Mar17

Chris Stewart Could Have Knee Surgery

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that catcher Chris Stewart will get his right knee checked out by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. There is a good chance that Stewart might need surgery. Stewart last played in a game on March 12th, and injured the knee during the game. The Pirates were projected to enter the season with Stewart as the backup catcher to Russell Martin. If they don’t add anyone else, then Tony Sanchez would...

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Luis Heredia Pitching Against Several Top Hitting Prospects (Video)
Mar17

Luis Heredia Pitching Against Several Top Hitting Prospects (Video)

Luis Heredia going up against top 30 hitting prospects Barrett Barnes, Wyatt Mathisen, Reese McGuire, and Harold Ramirez in today’s intrasquad game at Pirate City. For notes on Heredia, check out this article.

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Pirate City Notes: Cole Goes 5, Kingham vs Polanco, Heredia Starts
Mar17

Pirate City Notes: Cole Goes 5, Kingham vs Polanco, Heredia Starts

There is a huge storm north of Bradenton, with an 80 percent chance of rain today. Because of this, the Pirates cancelled their minor league games against the Phillies, and had two intrasquad games at Pirate City this afternoon, moving the games up to 9:00 AM instead of the usual 1:00 PM start time. There were a lot of good pitchers to watch, and a lot of good matchups throughout the day. At the end of the day, Gerrit Cole and Tony...

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Why Gaby Sanchez Shouldn’t Be in the First Base Mix Against RHP
Mar16

Why Gaby Sanchez Shouldn’t Be in the First Base Mix Against RHP

The first base position projects to be a platoon between Andrew Lambo and Gaby Sanchez. However, Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington was asked about the possibility of Sanchez being the everyday guy, and noted that Sanchez is in competition for the job against right-handed pitching. “As we’ve said from day one, Gaby is in that competition to become the regular first baseman, and to get the majority of at-bats...

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