• Bucs Bullpen Lights Out in 11-5 Win Over O’s

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- After right-hander James McDonald struggled with his fastball command, allowing five runs on six hits over three innings, the Bucs relievers were light's out at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon. Tim Wood, Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Jason Grilli and Jared Hughes combined to toss six scoreless...

  • Clayton Holmes and Jake Burnette Off to Strong Starts

    Clayton Holmes For the last few years the Pittsburgh Pirates have gone heavy on the over-slot deals for high school pitching prospects. Last year was no different, with two of the big signings being seventh rounder Jake Burnette and ninth rounder Clayton Holmes. Burnette received a $550 K over-slot deal, while Holmes...

  • Garrett Jones Seeking Consistency

    Garrett Jones will be part of a platoon at first base heading in to the 2012 season. BRADENTON, Fla. -- First Baseman Garrett Jones said he is looking for more consistency for the 2012 season. Jones saw his average go up and down every month with Pittsburgh last year, .265 in April,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hague Battling for Bench Job

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- The hit collector. That's what Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's nickname is for infielder Matt Hague. And that's exactly what he's been doing this spring -- collecting hits. Over seven Grapefruit League games this spring, Hague has gone 6-for-18 (.333 avg) with a home run and four RBI. The 26-year-old...

  • Prospect Notebook: Gerrit Cole Is a Special Pitcher

    Gerrit Cole was sitting 96-97 MPH today. Today was a short day in Pirate City, and a pretty quiet day overall considering the Major League team was off. The minor leaguers had a short practice, and closed out the day with two short intrasquad games. One game featured Jake Burnette and Isaac...

  • Gifted and Talented

    Gift Ngoepe The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed talent from some untraditional places over the last few years. They signed the first players out of India when they added Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. They've signed several guys out of Australia. They signed Alex Lukashevich out of Belarus. Dovydas Neverauskas is a pitcher...

  • Pedro Alvarez Working On Bouncing Back From 2011 Season

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Over seven Grapefruit League games this spring, third baseman Pedro Alvarez has three hits over 16 at-bats. Two of those three were home runs that were crushed to the opposite field. One came on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the other on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays....

  • Pirates Notebook: No Reason Meek’s Velocity Won’t Return

    BRADENTON, Fla. --Right-hander Evan Meek is working on getting back to the All-Star pitcher that he was in 2010. After posting a 2.14 ERA over 70 appearances in 2010, Meek battled right shoulder tendonitis for most of last season, appearing in just 24 games with Pittsburgh. For some pitchers, it can take...

  • Prospect Notebook: Who Looks Impressive

    If there's one Spring Training question I get asked more than any others, it's the following: "Who has impressed you the most?" There's different variations. Sometimes it's just the vague "out of the 150+ people in camp, which player stands out" variety. Sometimes the question narrows down to a group of prospects....

  • Morton Makes Grapefruit League Debut in Bucs Two-Hit Loss to Phillies

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Charlie Morton made his Grapefruit League debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at McKechnie Field. Although scattering four hits over his outing, Morton was able to keep the Phillies from scoring in his two scoreless frames with two strikeouts. "It’s the next phase of his comeback to pitch...

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