• Team USA Falls To Puerto Rico, As Mercer Helps In 9th Inning Rally

    Puerto Rico  8,  USA  4 Puerto Rico's grand slam in the top of the 10th inning broke a 4-4 tie and gave Team USA the loss in their first World Cup/Pan Am tournament game.  Former Pirate farmhand Todd Redmond (Braves) made the start for Team USA, but he gave up 3 runs...

  • Team USA And Japan Rained Out

    Team USA was all set to play their first game in the World Cup/Pan Am tournament on Sunday evening.  However, rain in Panama City washed out the game.  No date has been set yet for the make-up game, though  Wednesday October 5th is a scheduled day off for the tournament.  Former Pirate...

  • Mercer And Team USA Ready To Begin World Cup/Pan Am Tournament

    Jordy Mercer is playing on Team USA Team USA will play their first game in the World Cup/Pan Am tournament on Sunday evening in Panama City, Panama.  The team features Pirates' farmhand infielder Jordy Mercer, who split the 2011 season between the Altoona Curve and the Indianapolis Indians.  Also on Team USA...

  • Instructs Day Three: Lots of Pitching

    Heredia threw one inning today. The Pittsburgh Pirates played two games today against the New York Yankees at Pirate City.  The games took place simultaneously, with Luis Heredia starting on one field, and Nick Kingham starting on the other.  Fortunately, Pirate City allows you to watch both games at the same time,...

  • Luis Heredia and Nick Kingham Videos From Instructs

    There were a lot of top pitching prospects today in the two intersquad games at Pirate City.  Starting off the day Luis Heredia was on one field, and Nick Kingham was on the other.  Heredia pitched one inning, working in the 90-93 MPH range, and mostly sitting 91-92.  He threw 20 pitches,...

  • Gerrit Cole Video From Pirate City

    Gerrit Cole was throwing a bullpen session here at Pirate City, under the instruction of Jim Benedict.  I caught the last few pitches on camera.  My favorite part is the second pitch in the video.  Cole goes for an inside fastball to a left hander and drills the batting dummy.  Jim Benedict's...

  • Instructs Day Two: Fryer, Hafner, Cumpton

    Fryer played at third base today. If you follow any of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players on Twitter, you probably saw that today's instructional league action was pretty brutal.  As I mentioned earlier today, most of the team ran a drill in the morning which included a lot of running.  The...

  • Afternoon Notes From Instructs 9/29

    Morning practices are over, and the Pirates are about to play a game against the Phillies.  Some notes from this afternoon: Fryer taking ground balls at third base. -Yesterday I mentioned that Matt Curry and Eric Fryer were both getting time at third base.  Curry was just there in a sandlot type...

  • Instructs Day One: Allie, Holmes, Burnette, Gift

    I arrived in Florida around 3:30 AM this morning, after about 15 hours of driving.  After a bit of sleep, I went over to Pirate City, where the Pirates were having a camp day, and an intersquad game.  There wasn't much to report on.  Each pitcher threw an inning, and it was...

  • Gerrit Cole’s Instructional League Debut

    Cole made his debut in instructs yesterday. - Photo Courtesy of UCLA Athletics Yesterday Gerrit Cole made his instructional league debut, which was also his pro debut.  I didn't get a chance to see the outing live, as I was driving down to Florida at the time.  However, I did receive a...

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