International Hitting Prospects Starting to Emerge

I was watching batting practice at Pirate City towards the end of the day the other day. I was talking with one of the coaches, whose name I’ll leave out of this article. He asked me who I wrote for, and my response to that question always leads to one of two responses. I either get “Oh, that’s you” or “So you cover the minor league guys?” followed by a few questions on my opinions. This instance...

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Karstens Sharp in Bucs 8-6 Loss to Toronto

BRADENTON, Fla. – Right-hander Jeff Karstens tossed three scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League start of the spring. After tossing two scoreless frames on Friday’s intrasquad game at McKechnie, Karstens cruised through his outing, needing to throw extra pitches afterwards and finished by riding the stationary bike. “Usually I try and work as quick as possible. It’s just one of those things where I was able...

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Hurdle Holds Team Meeting to Address Focus

BRADENTON, Fla. — After combining for just 12 hits over their first two spring training game and looking sloppy on defense, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle had a meeting with the team. “We had a little conversation before the game [Monday] about our focus and about our purpose,” Hurdle said. “We’re at McKechnie now. It’s the second stage of spring training. Games are on, [there's] competition, play, represent,...

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Morton Throws B Game at Pirate City

BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-hander Charlie Morton threw in an intrasquad scrimmage held at Pirate City on Wednesday morning. The 28-year-old was pulled after throwing 1.1 innings due to reaching his pitch count, but continues to progress back from offseason hip surgery. “It was okay,” Morton said of his outing. “I got a little out of sync. I think I was trying to do a little too much when I walked [Andrew] Lambo,...

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Walker Scratched with Back Tightness

BRADENTON, Fla. — Second baseman Neil Walker was an early morning scratch from the lineup for today’s 1:05 game at McKechnie Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. Walker, 26, was scratched due to lower back tightness. Walker said today that his lower back was a little tight during Tuesday’s 7-4 win over the Yankees,  got worse afterwards. For precaution this early in spring training, Walker is day-to-day but will...

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Wilson Makes Impressive Spring Debut

BRADENTON, Fla. — Lefty Justin Wilson took the mound at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. on Monday night for his first outing of the spring. After walking his first batter, the 24-year-old settled down and looked impressive in his 2012 spring debut. “I had some jitters,” Wilson said. “Especially with the first hitter. It’s always nice to get out there and once I slowed things down, I felt good and just wanted...

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