• Burnett to Undergo Surgery on Right Eye

    Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON -- Right-hander A.J. Burnett will undergo surgery tomorrow in Pittsburgh, after getting hit in the right eye during a bunting competition yesterday at Pirate City. Burnett was diagnosed with a right eye orbital fracture today after undergoing additional medical examinations on his right eye in Pittsburgh. No timetable or additional...

  • Gerrit Cole Seeing the Downside of the Late Signing Deadline

    The debate between Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer is probably going to be a debate that will exist for most of their careers. Both pitchers were drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft out of UCLA. Cole was rated as the better prospect on the draft boards heading in to...

  • Evans Hopes to Click with New Organization

    BRADENTON -- After spending the past eight seasons with the New York Mets, infielder Nick Evans decided to switch organizations this year. The 26-year-old infielder has spent parts of the last four seasons in the Majors with New York, posting a .256 career average over 159 big league games. This offseason, however,...

  • Charlie Morton Pitches Successful First Live BP

    BRADENTON -- Right-hander Charlie Morton continues to take positive steps forward after undergoing offseason left hip surgery to repair a labrum tear in mid-October. On Wednesday at Pirate City, Morton threw his first live batting practice to hitters and Manager Clint Hurdle said afterwards that it was successful. Morton threw "two innings", 35 pitches to...

  • Robbie Grossman Versus the Ideal Corner Outfielder

    Robbie Grossman became the first minor league player to walk 100 times and score 100 runs in the same season since Nick Swisher in 2004. Almost all of the top 100 prospect lists have been released at this point, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having anywhere from four to six players on the...

  • Alvarez, McCutchen Seeing Good Results with New Batting Stances

    BRADENTON -- Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen both tweaked their batting stances this offseason. McCutchen hit just .216 after the second half of the season in 2011 after a strong first half that named him to the National League All-Star team. Alvarez appeared in just 74 games with Pittsburgh with a .191 average...

  • Pirates Bullpen Crowded This Spring

    Chris Leroux is one of the relievers fighting for a spot in the bullpen this Spring. -Photo by Mark Olson BRADENTON -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are just several days away from seeing game action, as the Grapefruit League kicks off on Saturday. While it's a given that right-hander Joel Hanrahan will be the...

  • Competition At First Can Fuel Guys Forward

    Garrett Jones will be part of a platoon at first base heading in to the 2012 season. BRADENTON -- Competition can be a good thing. It can fuel guys forward. Over the offseason, the Pirates acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Jose Veras. The Pirates entered Spring Training with a...

  • McCutchen Learned From Ups and Downs to Get Stronger

      BRADENTON -- The 2011 season was like a tale of two season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After being at the top of the National League Central for the first four months of the season, the team struggled for the final two months. However, learning from those struggles can ultimately make the...

  • Fox’s Versatility Could be Asset for Pirates

    BRADENTON -- Being able to play multiple positions not only takes talent and dedication, but it apparently also requires a big equipment bag. Once Spring Training games kick off for the Grapefruit League on March 3, Jake Fox will be carrying around nine gloves. Nine. "I will have a game glove for...

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