• Pirates Cut 10 from Big League Camp

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Prior to departing to Fort Myers, Fla., for the Bucs game against the Minnesota Twins, the Pittsburgh Pirates cut 10 players from Major League camp. Highlighting the list was lefty Jeff Locke, who made his Major League debut with the Bucs in 2011, and the Pirates first round...

  • Sanchez Working Hard to Bounce Back

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- The 2011 season was not what Tony Sanchez expected from himself. The 23-year-old catching prospect worked hard over the offseason in order to bounce back. Sanchez finished last season hitting .241 with 46 runs, 14 doubles, five home runs and 44 RBI in his first season at Double-A Altoona....

  • Pirates Cut Ten Players Including Grossman, Locke, and Sanchez

    The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first big round of cuts today, sending five players down to minor league camp. The players who received the gray helmets in their lockers were Jeff Locke, Duke Welker, Mike Crotta, Robbie Grossman, and Logan Kensing. Jeff Locke was optioned to AAA. Duke Welker was sent to...

  • Pirates Notebook: Wilson to Start or Relieve?

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- There are questions regarding left-hander Justin Wilson this spring. Should he be a reliever or a starter? Does he make the club in the Pirates bullpen as another lefty, or will he start the season in Triple-A Indianapolis? "Truth be told, his success is going to depend on his...

  • Prospect Notebook: Heredia’s Spring Debut, Alderson Back to Form?

    Luis Heredia made his Spring debut today against Team Canada. The Pittsburgh Pirates started their minor league schedule today, playing three games against the Philadelphia Phillies' farm system, and one game featuring the lower level guys going up against Team Canada. Luis Heredia started the contest against Team Canada, throwing two innings....

  • Bucs Bullpen Lights Out in 11-5 Win Over O’s

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- After right-hander James McDonald struggled with his fastball command, allowing five runs on six hits over three innings, the Bucs relievers were light's out at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon. Tim Wood, Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Jason Grilli and Jared Hughes combined to toss six scoreless...

  • Clayton Holmes and Jake Burnette Off to Strong Starts

    Clayton Holmes For the last few years the Pittsburgh Pirates have gone heavy on the over-slot deals for high school pitching prospects. Last year was no different, with two of the big signings being seventh rounder Jake Burnette and ninth rounder Clayton Holmes. Burnette received a $550 K over-slot deal, while Holmes...

  • Garrett Jones Seeking Consistency

    Garrett Jones will be part of a platoon at first base heading in to the 2012 season. BRADENTON, Fla. -- First Baseman Garrett Jones said he is looking for more consistency for the 2012 season. Jones saw his average go up and down every month with Pittsburgh last year, .265 in April,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hague Battling for Bench Job

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- The hit collector. That's what Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's nickname is for infielder Matt Hague. And that's exactly what he's been doing this spring -- collecting hits. Over seven Grapefruit League games this spring, Hague has gone 6-for-18 (.333 avg) with a home run and four RBI. The 26-year-old...

  • Prospect Notebook: Gerrit Cole Is a Special Pitcher

    Gerrit Cole was sitting 96-97 MPH today. Today was a short day in Pirate City, and a pretty quiet day overall considering the Major League team was off. The minor leaguers had a short practice, and closed out the day with two short intrasquad games. One game featured Jake Burnette and Isaac...

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