• Lefty Pitcher Owens Looking for Bounce Back Year

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- After back-to-back seasons in which left-hander Rudy Owens won the Pirates Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year Award (2009, 2010), the 24-year-old had a down year in his first season at Triple-A in 2011. Owens was expected by many to reach the majors towards the end of the 2011 season, but unfortunately...

  • Brian Tallet Looking to Make His Way Back to the Majors

    Brian Tallet is looking to make his way back to the majors. Last week about half of the players in minor league camp reported to Pirate City. The day of their first workout, all of the players gathered on the field, getting ready for stretches and warm ups. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager...

  • McDonald Gets Butterflies in First Spring Outing

    DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Butterflies. Nerves. Anticipation. That's how right-hander James McDonald felt when he took the mound for his first Spring Training game on Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. After going through two weeks of Spring Training workouts, conditioning, and bullpens, McDonald was anxious for his first start this morning....

  • Leroux Using Offseason Success to Fuel Him for 2012

    DUNEDIN -- Right-hander Chris Leroux had a very successful offseason pitching for the Toros del Este in the Dominican League. Having altered his arm slot and adding a new pitch during the 2011 season, Leroux saw even better results pitching for the Toros. Leroux, who will try to break camp with the...

  • Prospect Sanchez Homers in Intrasquad 4-4 Tie

    Sanchez homered in today's game. BRADENTON -- Catching prospect Tony Sanchez may have had a disappointing 2011 season in his first season at Double-A Altoona, but for his first Spring Training game in 2012, Sanchez made a good first impression. In his first at-bat in game action this spring, Sanchez took the...

  • Prospects Soaking up First Big League Camp

    BRADENTON -- For Gerrit Cole, Robbie Grossman, Matt Hague and Jordy Mercer, getting the opportunity to put on their Major League uniforms at Pirate City is a new experience -- it's their first big league camp. The past two weeks the young prospects have been suiting up in the clubhouse for their...

  • Burnett Undergoes Successful Surgery, Out 8-12 Weeks

    Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON -- Right-hander A.J. Burnett underwent successful surgery this morning to repair the fractured orbital bone in his right eye. In part of a three step process he will undergo, Burnett's very rough timetable to compete without restrictions at the Major League level is 8-12 weeks. “A.J. will work...

  • Bucs Leave Pirate City with Good Impression

    BRADENTON -- After finishing their workouts at Pirate City on Thursday afternoon, the Pirates players packed up their lockers in the clubhouse for their final day at the facility before moving over to McKechnie Field for the remainder of Spring Training. The club wrapped up two weeks of Spring Training by leaving...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Spring Training Roster

    I just received a copy of the Minor League Camp roster, listing every player who will be participating in the minor league portion of Spring Training. There could be some changes to this list, and not everyone has reported yet, with the reporting date being this coming Sunday. Some notes below the...

  • Burnett to Undergo Surgery on Right Eye

    Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON -- Right-hander A.J. Burnett will undergo surgery tomorrow in Pittsburgh, after getting hit in the right eye during a bunting competition yesterday at Pirate City. Burnett was diagnosed with a right eye orbital fracture today after undergoing additional medical examinations on his right eye in Pittsburgh. No timetable or additional...

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