Spring Training Notes: Locke, d’Arnaud, Polanco, Garcia, Grilli
Mar16

Spring Training Notes: Locke, d’Arnaud, Polanco, Garcia, Grilli

Here are some Spring Training notes for your Sunday afternoon. **Jeff Locke has been recovering from an oblique injury, and threw a bullpen yesterday. Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington talked about Locke’s injury and how he needs to get built up for the majors. “Jeff’s healthy, and now we’ve got to get him built up,” Huntington said. “The clock becomes your enemy when you become a...

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A Trade Seems Likely in the Next Two Weeks to Settle the Bullpen
Mar16

A Trade Seems Likely in the Next Two Weeks to Settle the Bullpen

As it stands right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates have eight contenders for seven bullpen spots. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, and Justin Wilson are locks for the bullpen due to their performances in 2013. That leaves four more players for three spots. Complicating the matter is that those four players — Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, and Stolmy Pimentel — are all out of options. All four bring a lot to...

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An Early Look at the 2014 Pirates Minor League Rosters: Pitchers
Mar15

An Early Look at the 2014 Pirates Minor League Rosters: Pitchers

A few days ago I looked at the position players on the early minor league rosters for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today we’ll take a look at the pitching. Just like the position players, this list is very early, and will probably change. A lot of the guys from Triple-A could move down to Double-A once major league cuts are made. One of the things I noticed with the projected starting pitchers is that the Pirates are loaded with...

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Pirates Avoiding Emotional Decisions With Gregory Polanco
Mar14

Pirates Avoiding Emotional Decisions With Gregory Polanco

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned Gregory Polanco to the minors today, which is a move that was expected this Spring, but not a move that everyone wanted to see. Travis Snider and Jose Tabata are no sure things in right field, while Gregory Polanco represents a potential impact player and the future starter at the position. It can be hard at times to back off the excitement of that future potential, and that’s one of the...

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Pirates Option Gregory Polanco and Duke Welker to Indianapolis
Mar14

Pirates Option Gregory Polanco and Duke Welker to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned outfielder Gregory Polanco and right handed pitcher Duke Welker to Indianapolis. The Pirates now have 51 players remaining in camp. Polanco isn’t a surprise to be optioned, since he was expected to start the season in Triple-A. I’d imagine there might be some discussion whether he should have remained in Pittsburgh. I talked about the reasons why the team would send him down earlier...

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How Ryan Hafner Became a Pitching Prospect to Watch
Mar13

How Ryan Hafner Became a Pitching Prospect to Watch

Last year in West Virginia, all of the pitching focus was on Tyler Glasnow, who impressed with a 36.3% strikeout rate in his big breakout season. Meanwhile, Ryan Hafner quietly put together a dominant season out of the bullpen, working a long relief role where he threw 87 innings on the year. In that time, Hafner had a 26.9% strikeout rate, and posted a pretty dominant 3.00 ERA. Following that strong season, the Pirates will be moving...

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