• A.J. Burnett Struggles With His Curveball Today at Pirate City

    A.J. Burnett threw five innings today at Pirate City. A.J. Burnett got a start today at Pirate City, going up against the Toronto Blue Jays' Triple-A squad. The right-hander went five innings, giving up two runs on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. Burnett got off to a rough start,...

  • Garrett Jones Says He’s Back to 100 Percent

    Garrett Jones took some swings today at Pirate City. Garrett Jones took some swings at Pirate City this afternoon, rotating between the Triple-A and Double-A minor league games. The first baseman went 2-for-6 on the day, but most importantly hasn't been feeling any pain from his oblique injury last week. After his...

  • Pirate City Notes: Jameson Taillon and A.J. Burnett Starting Today

    The Triple-A and Double-A teams are home for the second day in a row. Today they'll be going up against Toronto's farm system, and the highlight from a prospect standpoint will be Jameson Taillon getting the start for the Double-A team. Over on the opposite field, A.J. Burnett will be getting the...

  • Prospect Notebook: A Look at Nick Kingham’s Constantly Increasing Velocity

    Nick Kingham was sitting 93-95 MPH through two innings today. Nick Kingham pitched his first game today against the New York Yankees minor league system. Kingham started the Double-A game, going two innings while allowing three runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. The right-hander ran into some trouble...

  • Pirate City Notes: Oliver to be a Starter; When will Heredia be in West Virginia?

    The minor leaguers take on the Yankees farm system today. The lineups, pitchers, and notes are below. First, a few notes from camp. **Andy Oliver was optioned to Triple-A today. The Pirates plan on stretching him out in minor league camp and using him as a starter. Luis Heredia might not be...

  • Tony Sanchez and Andy Oliver Optioned to Triple-A

    The Pittsburgh Pirates made their second round of cuts this morning, optioning catcher Tony Sanchez and left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver to Indianapolis. The Spring Training tracker has been updated. There are now 49 players remaining in camp.... To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access...

  • Prospect Notebook: Seeing Two Pitchers For the First Time; Brewer Hits 95

    Today I got to see two pitchers for the first time. For the last year I've seen Wei-Chung Wang walking around in a red shirt as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. I also saw Hayden Hurst last year in the GCL after the 2012 draft pick signed. However, he didn't pitch...

  • Pirate City Notes: Curry, Rowland, Rivera, Von Rosenberg, Wang

    Here is a look at today's lineups for the minor league games. The teams will be taking on Toronto's farm system this afternoon. The upper level teams are on the road, which means I'll be watching the lower level guys at Pirate City. I've included the lineups, pitchers, and some notes on...

  • Pirates Notebook: Karstens Has Enough Time to be Ready For the Season

    Jeff Karstens has enough time to be ready for the regular season. Jeff Karstens threw two innings at Pirate City this afternoon, going up against the Triple-A squad. After the start, Karstens mentioned how he's 1-2 outings behind everyone else in camp. The right-hander will extend to three innings the next time...

  • Injury Notes: D’Arnaud, Garrett Jones, Tony Watson

    Here are a few injury updates from major league camp, along with a non-injury update. **Chase d'Arnaud, who is dealing with a sprained thumb, is going to have an appointment for an MRI soon. He has been looked at here in Bradenton, but the Pirates and d'Arnaud wanted to get a second opinion. **Garrett...

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