• Pirates Notebook: With Morton on DL, Roster Decisions Loom

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- After placing right-hander Charlie Morton on the disabled list to start the 2012 season, Huntington said the decision to carry an extra bench player, rather than an arm, is still in discussion. Instead of carrying 12 pitchers, the Pirates could decide to use 11 arms (four starters and seven relievers) and 14 position players...

  • Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Five Innings, Hafner’s Spring Debut

    Right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole pitched five innings today at Pirate City, going up against the Philadelphia Phillies' A-ball team. Cole gave up just one run on five hits, with the run coming in the first inning. The top prospect didn't issue a walk and struck out three. Cole threw 65 pitches,...

  • Reviewing the Progress of the 2009 Prep Pitchers

    My process for evaluating players out of high school is simple. I don't really start grading players heavily until what would have been their junior year of college. There are exceptions to this rule, such as the obvious highly touted Jameson Taillon and Josh Bell type players. But for the most part,...

  • McDonald Struggles with Command in Loss to Twins

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald's last trip to the mound on Saturday against the Houston Astros was impressive. McDonald tossed 5.1 of hitless ball, and overall allowed just one run on two hits over 7.0 innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three while throwing 75 pitches. McDonald fared much...

  • Morton to Start the Season on the DL

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Charlie Morton has been working hard progressing back from offseason left hip surgery this spring. The right-hander however, despite taking huge steps forward, will start the 2012 season on the disabled list. The decision to place Morton on the 15-day D.L. came the day after giving up six runs...

  • Hughes Learning to Pitch Inside More Efficiently

    Hughes, 26, is battling for a spot in the pirates bullpen this spring. PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jared Hughes took a huge step forward during the 2011 season after he changed his arm slot to a three-quarters release, and was moved into the bullpen. The hard throwing 6' 7" right-hander believed throwing...

  • Pirates Reassign Evans, Fox, Fryer, Igarashi to Minor League Camp

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- With just a week until Opening Day at PNC Park on April 5 in Pittsburgh, prior to the Pirates 1:05 start against the Minnesota Twins, the club reassigned infielder Nick Evans, Jake Fox, catcher Eric Fryer and right-hander Ryota Igarashi to Minor League camp. Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said he hopes to...

  • Pirates Notebook: Harrison Feeling Comfortable at Shortstop

    Photo by Mark Olson PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Over 18 games during Grapefruit League action, Josh Harrison has played at third, second and shortstop. Harrison, 24, is making progress at short during spring training. He is battling for a backup utility role, which would include playing games at short when Clint Barmes needs rest. "He’s making progress,"...

  • Morton Progresses in Bucs Loss, Plans to Start Season In Discussion

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 6-4, to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday night. Right-hander Charlie Morton made his fourth official start of the spring during Grapefruit League action. Overall, Morton allowed six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over five innings. Morton threw 75 pitches. "That’s the good side...

  • Prospect Notebook: ZVR Hit Hard, Latimore Hoping For Walks

    For the first half of the 2011 season, Zack Von Rosenberg was hit hard in West Virginia. The 2009 6th round draft pick turned things around in the second half, mostly focusing on pitching off his curveball, setting up more favorable counts to boost his confidence when it came time to throw...

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