Pirates Prospects http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:04:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Throws Six Shutout Innings http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/winter-leagues-stolmy-pimentel-throws-six-shutout-innings.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/winter-leagues-stolmy-pimentel-throws-six-shutout-innings.html#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:02:56 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=91494 Friday night was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates news in winter league, but one big story came out of the Dominican. Stolmy Pimentel threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits, no walks and he struck out six batters. Pimentel faced one batter over the minimum. It was a big rebound game for him after he gave up five earned runs over 1.2 innings in his last start. Pimentel has a 5.06 ERA though nine starts, but that total is skewed by two poor outings. In his other seven starts, he has a 2.48 ERA over 29 innings. He has now thrown 32 innings in winter ball after throwing 32.2 innings this year for the Pirates. He also pitched 10.1 innings in the minors on a rehab assignment this year, so he is now up to 75 innings on the year.

Edwin Espinal had three hits in his first start on Thursday. On Friday, he pinch-hit for DH Manny Ramirez in the fifth inning and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.

Josh Wall retired all three batters he faced, one by strikeout. In four outings, he has allowed two runs over three innings.

In Venezuela, Elias Diaz went 0-for-1, but he ended up walking three times and scoring three runs. He had three walks total in his first 11 winter games. Diaz has a .162/.295/.270 slash line through 37 at-bats. In that same game, Junior Sosa was a late-game replacement in left field and he walked in his only plate appearance.

Matt Nevarez faced two batters and gave up a walk and single. For the second game in a row, a runner Nevarez left on base, scored with Jhonathan Ramos on the mound. This time it was hardly the fault of Ramos, who faced one batter and got a double play grounder that allowed the runner from third base to score.

Deolis Guerra pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one batter. He has made six straight scoreless appearances, totaling 5.2 innings. In 15 innings this winter, he has 19 strikeouts.

In Puerto Rico, Yhonathan Barrios had his second straight solid outing, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out two batters. In his last outing he threw two shutout innings, but both of these shutout performances had one downside. In each, he allowed an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch. It’s a nice turnaround for Barrios, who gave up nine earned runs in his first four innings.

In Panama, Edgar Munoz went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk. He has a .421/.500/.632 slash line through five games.

Ashley Ponce went 0-for-2. He is 2-for-12 with four runs scored in five games.

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Pirates Sign Corey Hart, DFA Preston Guilmet http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/pirates-sign-corey-hart-dfa-preston-guilmet.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/pirates-sign-corey-hart-dfa-preston-guilmet.html#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:00:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=91476 The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of 1B/RF Corey Hart to a one-year deal. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Preston Guilmet has been designated for assignment.

Hart is a name familiar to fans of the Pirates, as he spent his first nine seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers. He missed all of 2013 after needing surgery on both knees, one prior to the season and the other in June after he got hurt during rehab. In 2014, he played 68 games for the Seattle Mariners, hitting .203/.271/.319 in 232 at-bats. His missed time with both a knee injury and an injured left hamstring.

When healthy, Hart put up some strong numbers in Milwaukee, twice making the All-Star team. He had a .276/.334/.491 slash nine during his nine seasons with the Brewers. He hit a total of 87 homers from 2010-2012.  Hart mostly played outfield during his career, but he has played 107 games at first base, and as a right-handed bat, the 32-year-old veteran will likely be a platoon at first base with Pedro Alvarez. Hart has a career .866 OPS against left-handed pitching.

Guilmet was purchased by the Pirates from the Baltimore Orioles right after the season ended. The 27-year-old right-hander has pitched 14 games in relief over the last two seasons, splitting his time between the Orioles and Cleveland Indians.

UPDATE 2:16 PM: Jon Heyman says that Hart will receive $2.5 M, plus $2.5 M in possible incentives.

UPDATE 2:18 PM: Thoughts from Tim Williams…

This move seems like a big gamble, with a chance for a big upside if Hart works out. That’s a huge “if” though, since he has dealt with a ton of injuries the last few years, including missing all of 2013 after having surgery on both knees. He missed a month in 2014 with a knee contusion, another month with a hamstring strain, and missed some time early in the year and in Spring Training with back and forearm problems. So obviously there are some serious health issues here.

The upside to this move is that Hart has done well against lefties in his career, so if he gets back on track, he could be a strong platoon partner with Pedro Alvarez. He also has been good against right-handers, and while he’s not great in that category, he wouldn’t be bad as a full-time option if he was able to bounce back. But again, all of this comes with the huge disclaimer that he has dealt with a ton of health concerns the last few years, making it unlikely that the Pirates will be getting his prime production.

As far as being just a lefty platoon guy at first base, it’s possible that this limited role could keep Hart healthy enough to put up his old numbers. The Pirates have placed a big focus on keeping players healthy the last few years, with some very innovative ways to track fatigue. It’s possible that this could also help Hart rebound in Pittsburgh.

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The 2015 Prospect Guide is Now Available as an eBook http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/the-2015-prospect-guide-is-now-available-as-an-ebook.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/the-2015-prospect-guide-is-now-available-as-an-ebook.html#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:20:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=91464 Yesterday I received the first shipment of the 2015 Prospect Guide. All of the pre-sales, along with orders that were placed this morning, have now been shipped out. I’ll be making one more run to the post office later today. Any orders placed after that run will be shipped out on Saturday morning.

If you were waiting for the eBook, it is now available on the products page of the site. The eBook is a PDF, which allows you to use the book on any device, as well as on every device you own. There is also a discounted combo pack, allowing you to buy both the eBook and the paperback version. The combo pack gives you 50% off the eBook price.

If you already ordered a 2015 Prospect Guide, and you’re interested in the eBook, I’ve set it up so that you can also get this 50% discount on the eBook. Just use the code “PRESALECOMBO” and order with the e-mail address that you used to order the paperback version. The code only works once, and will only work if you use the e-mail address you used with your previous purchase. It will also only work on the individual eBook, and not the combo pack.

To order the paperback or the eBook version of the Prospect Guide, head over to the products page of the site.

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Winter Leagues: Big Game From Edwin Espinal, Bryan Sousa Makes His Debut http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/winter-leagues-big-game-from-edwin-espinal-bryan-sousa-makes-his-debut.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/winter-leagues-big-game-from-edwin-espinal-bryan-sousa-makes-his-debut.html#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:11:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=91444 In the Dominican on Thursday night, Edwin Espinal made his first start of the season count. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and he drove in two runs. Espinal spent this season in Low-A ball, so the lack of playing time isn’t surprising considering the difference in play between Low-A and winter ball in the Dominican. He has been playing in their version of the minor leagues(called the Parallel League), so he has likely shown enough improvements to get some time with the big club. During the regular season, the 20-year-old first baseman hit .283/.327/.385 in 122 games for West Virginia.

Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts. He is hitting .281 through 37 games despite a 4:33 BB/SO ratio.

Mel Rojas Jr. grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the tenth inning and played an inning in left field.

Carlos Paulino went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his first home run of the season. He is hitting .260 through 27 games.

In Venezuela, Elias Diaz went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He is hitting .167 through 11 games. In 15 games in the Arizona Fall League, Diaz had a 10:7 BB/SO ratio. In Venezuela so far, he has three walks and eight strikeouts.

Junior Sosa went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts. He batted lead-off and played center field.

Matt Nevarez faced four batters, allowing one run on a double and a walk. The run scored after he left the game and the pitcher that allowed it was Jhonathan Ramos. He gave up one hit before recording the last two outs of eighth inning. Nevarez has pitched 24 innings over 26 appearances, striking out 25 batters while holding the opposition to a .155 BAA. Ramos has pitched 20 times, allowing one earned run in 14.1 innings. He is still a free agent.

Julio Vivas threw two shutout innings. He walked one and didn’t allow a hit or record a strikeout. In 13.1 innings over 14 appearances, Vivas has allowed just seven hit(.156 BAA) and the walk he issued on Thursday was his first of the season. The 21-year-old righty spent the 2014 season in the GCL so he is pitching well this winter against much tougher competition.

In Australia, Sam Kennelly singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and remained in the game at shortstop. He is 2-for-4 in three games this season.

In Colombia, Tito Polo scored a run in his team’s 6-2 win. Andy Vasquez scored one of the two runs for the opposition, but also made an error that led to two unearned runs. Polo hasn’t played in a couple weeks, while Vasquez has been in Colombia for a couple weeks after moving over from the Dominican league. He is currently a minor league free agent after spending eight seasons in the Pirates’ system.

In Panama, Bryan Sousa made his winter debut and threw 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, while striking out two batters. He is one of the youngest Pirates players you’ll see in winter ball, turning 17 in August. Sousa signed for $160,000 on July 2nd, the first day of the international signing period. Prior to joining the Panama league, he was in the Dominican Summer League version of the Instructional League, where scouting reports had his fastball at 90-91 MPH, with good movement on his curve, but lacking control on both pitches.

Edgar Munoz went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. In four games, he is 6-for-15 with four doubles.

Ashley Ponce went 2-for-4 with two singles, two runs scored and a walk.

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First Pitch: The 2015 Prospect Guide is Now Available http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/first-pitch-the-2015-prospect-guide-is-now-available.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/first-pitch-the-2015-prospect-guide-is-now-available.html#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:13:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=91446 I was expecting the 2015 Prospect Guide to arrive tomorrow. I had plans to drive up to Tampa and pick up the book from my publisher around 3 PM, get back to Bradenton around 4, and spend the rest of the night packaging the books up to ship out Saturday morning. I woke up this morning to an e-mail from my publisher, saying the books would be ready today at 3 PM. As a result, the 2015 Prospect Guide is here a day early. If you haven’t placed your order yet, you can do so here. Here is the first shipment:

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Details on the Prospect Guide

For those of you unfamiliar with the Prospect Guide, it profiles every prospect in the farm system, and includes our top 50 prospects for the 2015 season. The book is the only place where you can find the top 50. It is also the only place where you can find our future potential and risk grades for each prospect in the system. Beyond that, the book has details on players that you can’t find anywhere else.

Before I write each profile, I search for every bit of information I can find on the player. That includes anything written on our site, other outlets, and also includes unpublished information, such as notes from our writers that didn’t make it into articles, and conversations with scouts, coaches, and players. Not only does the book provide all of this information that can’t be found elsewhere, but it also provides a quick reference to every prospect in the system. I originally designed the book as a reference for me, for when I’m watching games or writing articles. I use the book as a reference every day throughout the season, and have already used the 2015 book in the last week.

If you want information on the Pirates’ farm system, there’s no better reference than the 2015 Prospect Guide. It’s 155 pages all about the players in the system (including DSL players). That’s the perfect way to bridge this slow news gap between now and Spring Training. And it’s a great resource to have when baseball finally comes back.

Order your copy of the 2015 Prospect Guide today.

Shipping Information

Everyone who orders a book before 2:00 PM EST on Friday will have their books shipped out on Friday. After that, everyone who orders by 8:00 AM EST on Saturday will have their books shipped out Saturday morning. USPS states on their website that any packages shipped out on 12/20 (Saturday) or earlier will arrive in time for Christmas.

If you’ve already ordered, you will receive a shipping confirmation in the e-mail that you provided at checkout, along with a tracking number.

E-Book

I still have a few things to finish up with the eBook, and was planning on releasing that tomorrow when the book officially was going to be released. I’m still on pace to have the eBook released tomorrow. One of the things I’m working on is setting up the shopping cart plugin to allow people who have already purchased the hard copy of the book to also purchase the eBook at a discounted price. There will be a combo pack where you can buy both, when the eBook is released.

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Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Shows Improvements at the Plate http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/winter-leagues-willy-garcia-homers-shows-improvements-at-the-plate.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/winter-leagues-willy-garcia-homers-shows-improvements-at-the-plate.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:15:40 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=91425 In the Dominican on Wednesday night, three Pirates players saw action for Aguilas Cibaenas. Willy Garcia went 1-for-4, with his fourth home run of the season. He is second in homers to Sebastian Valle(five) among Pirates in winter ball. He is having a winter season very similar to his regular season for Altoona, hitting .269/.314/.462 in winter VS .271/.311/.478 for Altoona.

His BB/SO numbers aren’t good in winter, though they have improved over Altoona. During the regular season, he struck out once every 3.03 at-bats, compared to once every 3.82 at-bats in winter. He has walked nine times in 140 plate appearances(once every 15.6 PA), compared to 24 walks during the year in 474 plate appearances(once every 19.8 PA). The Dominican league as a group issues more walks than the Eastern League, so that could explain the improvement in the latter, but the league also records more strikeouts than the EL, so that makes his current strikeout rate look a little better.

There is also the matter of the competition in the Dominican being slightly better than the Eastern League. He occasionally will see lesser pitchers, but a survey of the pitchers from last year showed that the average pitcher in the league would be closer to AAA than AA.

Edwin Espinal played his second game, going 0-for-2 after pinch-hitting for Manny Ramirez in the seventh inning. Espinal’s only other appearances was as a defensive replacement at first base nearly a month ago. Back in September, Espinal was one of four Pirates players that were drafted into the Dominican league. So far, he is the only one to see any playing time.

Nate Baker threw a scoreless sixth inning, retiring the side in order on three grounders. He has five appearances, giving up one run over 2.2 innings.

Josh Wall also retired the side in order in the eighth inning for Aguilas. Since joining winter ball, he has made three appearances in the last six days. Wall pitched for Indianapolis this year and he is currently a minor league free agent.

Another pitcher from Indianapolis who is a minor league free agent, saw action on Wednesday. Rafael Perez made his sixth start. He has also made nine relief appearances. Perez threw five innings, giving up three runs(one earned) on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout. He is hitting .242 through 38 games, with nine doubles, a triple, no homers  and two stolen bases in three attempts. Wednesday was his first start in ten days.

Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-5 with a run scored and two strikeouts. He is hitting .279 through 36 games.

In Venezuela, Junior Sosa was the only Pirates player to see action. He went 1-for-3 with a HBP. Sosa is making up for lost time during the regular season, when he played just 12 games for Altoona. In 25 winter games, he has a .267/.353/.387 slash line.

In Australia, 18-year-old Sam Kennelly played his second game of the season. He was a defensive replacement at third base in the seventh inning. He singled in his only at-bat and scored a run.

In Panama, Edgar Munoz went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. He also struck out twice and made his second error. He is 3-for-10 with two walks in three games.

Ashley Ponce went 0-for-2 with two walks.

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First Pitch: A Different and Easier Approach to the Pitching Staff This Year http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/first-pitch-a-different-and-easier-approach-to-the-pitching-staff-this-year.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/first-pitch-a-different-and-easier-approach-to-the-pitching-staff-this-year.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:15:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=91427 In 2012, the Pirates needed A.J. Burnett to bounce back in order to have a shot at a top of the rotation starter.

They had Burnett in 2013, but needed Francisco Liriano to bounce back in order to join Burnett at the top of the rotation and make the pitching staff stronger.

Last year they parted with Burnett, and brought in Edinson Volquez to replace him. They also brought in Vance Worley in a smaller deal, and he played a big role.

Three years in a row the Pirates have heavily relied on reclamation projects to make up their rotation. From the looks of things, it won’t continue for a fourth year. Sure, Burnett is back, and looks like a bit of a reclamation project again. However, I think getting healthy will help him bounce back, as you could argue that a lot of his issues last year were due to his sports hernia. There’s also the fact that no one really expects him to be a top of the rotation guy again. Instead, he’s expected to provide middle of the rotation production this time around. Top of the rotation stuff would be a huge bonus.

The Pirates are still getting deals in the rotation. You could argue that Francisco Liriano’s deal is more favorable than Brandon McCarthy’s and Ervin Santana’s deals, despite the fact that Liriano has been the same value or better the last two years. And then today the Pirates watched Volquez agree to a two-year, $20 M deal with the Royals, while they’re paying Burnett for one season. It’s almost the exact opposite of last year’s situation. The Pirates have the less-expensive pitcher, and due to their focus on defense, pitch framing, and the work of their pitching coaches, they will probably get the better results once again.

So where are the reclamation projects? Why abandon an approach that has gone so well? The past week we’ve seen Justin Masterson and Brett Anderson sign deals for around $10 M. Brandon Morrow signed a deal for $2.5 M guaranteed, paying him up to $5 M in bonuses as a starter, or $1 M in relief. I don’t think the Pirates needed to pay $10 M for a guy like Masterson or Anderson, but it’s hard to look past Morrow for such a low guarantee, and such a low maximum price.

The Pirates do have reclamation projects, although they’re only counting on them as depth this year. Clayton Richard is one of those projects, and fills the “Vance Worley” type role of emergency depth out of Triple-A, with the chance to be more. At his best, he has put up numbers close to a number four starter or the back-end of league average results. And the Pirates have shown a tendency to get the best out of the majority of their reclamation projects.

There’s also less of a need for reclamation projects this year. The Pirates will start the season with six guys — Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Burnett, Charlie Morton, Worley, and Jeff Locke — fighting for five spots, and they won’t really need a fifth starter until the third week in April. They’ve got Richard, Brandon Cumpton, and Casey Sadler as early season options. And some of their best pitching prospects could be arriving by mid-season, with Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham, and Adrian Sampson expected to begin the year in Triple-A. Not only do they have six guys fighting for five rotation spots in Pittsburgh, but they have six guys fighting for five rotation spots with Indianapolis.

With all of the reclamation projects that were on the open market, I would have liked to see the Pirates sign someone like Morrow, or maybe even Kris Medlen. However, I tend to trust their judgement on pitchers, and I feel they’ve earned that trust over the last few years.

So what does this mean for Ray Searage and Jim Benedict? It means their jobs get a little easier. Rather than reviving guys like Volquez, Liriano, and Burnett, they can focus on getting Gerrit Cole to his upside as a top of the rotation guy, seeing if Jeff Locke can have success in the second half, and working on the adjustment to the MLB level for any rookie that makes the jump from Indianapolis this year.

Links and Notes

**The 2015 Prospect Guide will be shipping on Saturday. Everyone who places an order by Friday night will have their shipment sent out on Saturday morning. According to the USPS, all orders sent out by Saturday should arrive in time for Christmas. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you can do so on the products page of the site. The eBook will be released on Friday.

**Edinson Volquez Agrees to Deal With Royals

**Winter Leagues: Two Doubles From Pedro Florimon, Nunez Homers

**The Rumors About the Marlins Being Interested in Pedro Alvarez Can Be Put to Rest

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Edinson Volquez Agrees to Deal With Royals http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/edinson-volquez-agrees-to-deal-with-royals.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/edinson-volquez-agrees-to-deal-with-royals.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:04:41 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=91422 The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a two-year contract with right-hander Edinson Volquez that will pay him a total of $20M. The deal is still pending a physical. The Pittsburgh Pirates got great value out of Volquez in 2014, signing him to a one-year, $5M deal. He posted a 3.04 ERA over 192.2 innings, making 31 starts and one relief appearance. That was after posting a 5.71 ERA in 2013 when he split the season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The Pirates initially said they had interest in re-signing Volquez this off-season, but those talks died down after they signed Francisco Liriano.

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Winter Leagues: Two Doubles From Pedro Florimon, Nunez Homers http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/winter-leagues-two-doubles-from-pedro-florimon-nunez-homers.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/winter-leagues-two-doubles-from-pedro-florimon-nunez-homers.html#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:28:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=91402 Monday was a very slow day in winter ball, but there were a couple players in action and a note about another to mention.

The Panama winter league started play on Monday night. Edgar Munoz batted lead-off and played third base. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. Munoz hit .259/.304/.343 in 31 games for Bristol this year. Due to power problems, only two of the four Panama league teams played on Opening Day.

In Venezuela, Deolis Guerra retired all three batters he faced, one by strikeout. Through 15 appearances, he has thrown 13 innings, posting a 5.54 ERA, with a .234 BAA and 16 strikeouts.

Carlos Esqueda has started playing in the Veracruz league. In five games, he is 1-for-11 at the plate, with a double and two runs scored. Esqueda was with the Pirates in Extended Spring Training this year until early April when they loaned him to a team in the Mexican League. They retained his rights, but it is unknown if he will return to the organization in the future. His brother Jherson Esqueda pitched for the DSL Pirates this year.

Tuesday’s Action

In the Dominican on Tuesday, Willy Garcia had a chance to be the hero of the game, but he ended the ninth inning rally for his team. After two runs in the ninth, Garcia came up with his team down by one run with runners on the corners and two outs. He grounded out to second base to end the game. He was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a run scored, yet there was some good that came from this game. Garcia walked for the second game in a row, something that doesn’t happen often(just five times during the entire 2014 season). He had a six game hitting streak prior to Tuesday.

Gustavo Nunez hit his third homer. He went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs. He is hitting .282 through 35 games, with 13 extra-base hits and seven stolen bases in eight attempts. The downside is his 4:29 BB/SO ratio in 131 at-bats. Nunez went three weeks without an extra-base hit after signing with the Pirates back in November. On Sunday, he broke that streak with a double. Nunez put up decent numbers this year in the minors for the Braves, though they came with the caveat that he was a 26-year-old in AA. He batted .301/.353/.373 in 97 games and saw action at six different positions. Nunez was the Pirates Rule 5 pick in December 2011 and came back to the team as a minor league free agent.

Pedro Florimon went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and a run scored. He had just one double in his first 88 at-bats. Florimon committed his sixth error of the season and third in his last two games. He is hitting .353 in his last ten games. In 27 winter games, he has a .253/.299/.341 slash line. Just like Willy Garcia and Gustavo Nunez, Florimon is having trouble in the BB/SO area, posting a 6:25 ratio. That is something that has followed him his whole career. While he does seem to have a great chance at the backup infield spot on Opening Day due to defense, his hitting in the majors has never been strong. In 214 games over the last four seasons, he has a .204/.266/.300 slash line.

Carlos Paulino went 0-for-4, dropping his average down to .262 through 26 games. He is 3-for-23 in his last seven games.

In Mexico, it was announced that Sebastian Valle would miss at least a few games with a finger injury. He hurt his hand during the third inning of Sunday’s game and had to leave early. He is hitting .303/.379/.477 in 39 games. He is expected to return to action later this week.

In Panama, Edgar Munoz went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI.

Ashley Ponce made his season debut and went 0-for-4. He played second base and batted second.

One transaction of note. Ramon Cabrera signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates released him back in late November to make room on the 40-man roster to protect players from the Rule 5 draft.

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The 2015 Prospect Guide Will Be Available This Week http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/the-2015-prospect-guide-will-be-available-this-week.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/12/the-2015-prospect-guide-will-be-available-this-week.html#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:11:02 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=91404 Today I received the proof copy of the 2015 Prospect Guide from the publisher. We went with a new publisher this year, and while there are only subtle differences, I think the new product is an improvement. The main thing I noticed was that the images appeared a little more clear than in previous books. And as always, the book includes profiles on every prospect in the system.

I’ll be getting the first shipment of books on Friday, and they will be shipped out Saturday morning. There’s a chance I could get part of the shipment on Thursday, which means the people who pre-ordered first will have their books shipped Friday morning.

In the past, when I’ve shipped to Pennsylvania on a Friday or Saturday, the book has arrived Monday or Tuesday morning. Other locations are about the same, give our take a day. I can’t guarantee anything, and am at the mercy of the USPS. That said, I’m hoping their seven day a week approach this year will mean everyone who orders by Friday night will get their order before Christmas. Their site says that anything shipped by Saturday will arrive in time.

To speed up the packaging process, I’ll be printing shipping labels on Wednesday. That will include your tracking number, which will be sent to the email you provided when you ordered.

You can still pre-order your book here, and if you order before Saturday morning, it will go out with the first shipment.

As for the proof copy, here is a preview:

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