• Prospect Notebook: Stolmy Pimentel Dominates, While A.J. Burnett . . . Not So Much

    Pimentel fanned six in five shutout innings Well, okay, A.J. Burnett isn't a prospect, but he was pitching against them today as the Yankees' AAA and AA squads visited Pirate City. Burnett struggled throughout his outing, a lot of it due to control issues, and didn't manage to complete all his innings...

  • Major League Roster Predictions With One Week Remaining in Camp

    The Pirates made three cuts this morning, trimming the active roster down to 37 players. The Spring Training tracker has been updated with the moves, and the position battles at the bottom of the tracker have been updated. However, I wanted to take a closer look at each battle with a week...

  • Pirates Option Bryan Morris, Re-Assign Two More

    Bryan Morris was optioned to Triple-A. The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few cuts from major league camp this morning. They optioned right-hander Bryan Morris to Triple-A, and reassigned infielders Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Jared Goedert to minor league camp. It was previously believed that Morris was out of options, although earlier...

  • Prospect Notebook: Alex Dickerson’s Back Problems Could Have a Solution

    Could Alex Dickerson's back problems be over? If you've been following my daily lineup notes, you probably noticed that Alex Dickerson had been out of the lineup for about a week. The first baseman wasn't a red shirt, and finally returned to game action today. "Now I'm feeling real good," Dickerson said...

  • How Did Vic Black Get His Unusual Delivery?

    Vic Black The majority of Pirates fans haven't had many chances to see Vic Black pitch. They've probably seen the numbers, highlighted by a 1.65 ERA and an 85:29 K/BB ratio in 60 innings in Altoona last year. They might have heard of his fastball, which usually sits in the 96-98 MPH...

  • Pirate City Notes: Jhang, Oliver, Dickerson, Mathisen

    Back to Pirate City after taking a day off yesterday to recover from a brief illness. What do baseball players say this time of year? If it was during the season, I would have been fine, but because it's Spring Training I wanted to be cautious. Well that probably wasn't the case...

  • Injury Updates: Tony Watson, Charlie Morton, Ali Solis

    Yesterday the Pirates had several players rehabbing over at Pirate City. Tony Watson threw an inning in one of the minor league games, while Charlie Morton threw a bullpen and live batting practice, and Ali Solis took live batting practice. I spoke with all three players after their work. I've been under...

  • Pirates Cut Six From Major League Camp Including Cole and Irwin

      Gerrit Cole was cut from major league camp today. The Pittsburgh Pirates cut six players from major league camp today. The team optioned RHP Phil Irwin to Indianapolis. They also reassigned RHP Brooks Brown, RHP Gerrit Cole, LHP Kris Johnson, C Ali Solis and RHP Kyle Waldrop to minor league camp. The Spring...

  • Pirate City Notes: Solis, Waldron, Relievers, Watson, Mathisen, Allie

    The Pirates are playing the Yankees over at McKechnie Field. Here at Pirate City, the Pirates are playing the Yankees minor league teams. The A-ball teams are home today, featuring a lot of interesting hitting prospects. A group of hitters just came over from McKechnie, so they'll probably be jumping in to...

  • Prospect Notebook: Taillon Doesn’t Have His Best Stuff; Pimentel Will Start

    Jameson Taillon didn't have his best stuff today. Jameson Taillon made his first start in minor league camp since being sent down. The last time the right-hander threw was in the World Baseball Classic. John Dreker described the game, noting that Taillon had good overall numbers, but was hit pretty hard. That...

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