Wyatt Mathisen, Erich Weiss, and the Reese McGuire Domino Effect
Mar20

Wyatt Mathisen, Erich Weiss, and the Reese McGuire Domino Effect

On Tuesday we learned that Wyatt Mathisen would be making the move from behind the plate to third base in West Virginia during the 2014 season. That move is largely due to the presence of top catching prospect Reese McGuire. The Pirates drafted McGuire in the first round this past season, and he will see the bulk of the defensive work behind the plate. The Pirates wanted to get Mathisen everyday at-bats. They also didn’t think...

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The Edinson Volquez Experiment Isn’t Looking Good Right Now
Mar19

The Edinson Volquez Experiment Isn’t Looking Good Right Now

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of controversy surrounding their starting rotation this off-season. They declined to make A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer, believing him when he said that he would either return to Pittsburgh or retire. It appears they opted to go for an off-season plan that would have added James Loney at first base and Josh Johnson in the rotation for the same amount as the qualifying offer to Burnett. However, both...

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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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