Pirates Promote Five

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted five players following the final game of Indianapolis’ season today. Those players are Robinzon Diaz, Brian Bixler, Jeff Karstens, Donald Veal, and Eric Hacker. Diaz and Bixler had both been up at times this year, and both will return as utility players. An interesting note on Diaz: he has been playing as a utility player since going back down to AAA on July 10th. Diaz played games at first base,...

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2009 Pirates Preview: The Opening Day Roster

With the 25-Man roster set, and assuming no trades will be made, let’s go player by player and review the expectations for each guy this season. STARTING LINEUP C – Ryan Doumit: Doumit had a breakout season last year, batting .318 with 15 homers in 431 at bats. Simply put, Doumit needs to stay healthy, and prove that performance wasn’t a fluke. 1B – Adam LaRoche: The story on LaRoche has been the same almost...

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Pirates cut eight players

The Pirates cut eight players from their major league camp today, most notably Pedro Alvarez and Daniel McCutchen. Here is a list of the players who were cut, and their assignments: -Pedro Alvarez-Jimmy Barthmaier-Jeff Sues-Ronald Uviedo-Steven Lerud-Juan Mateo-Daniel McCutchen-Shelby Ford Alvarez and Uviedo will start the season in Lynchburg, Sues and Lerud will start in Altoona, and the remaining players will most likely start in...

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Did Craig Monroe win a starting job yesterday?

I know it’s only Spring Training and the games and stats normally don’t mean anything, but Craig Monroe’s three homers against the Twins yesterday might have an impact on the 2009 Pirates’ season. That is, in the sense that it pretty much locked Monroe in for a spot on the major league roster. Before you dismiss his homers as meaningless, consider that two of the three homers came against Scott Baker, who is...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker

UPDATE 4/3/09: Sean Burnett, Donald Veal, Craig Hansen, and Jesse Chavez win the final spots.UPDATE 4/1/09: The Pirates cut eight players. The only spots not finalized are the bullpen spots. I still think Sean Burnett is a lock, but there is the possibility that he could be traded.UPDATE 3/30/09: The Pirates cut Andrew McCutchen and Brian Bixler. Luis Cruz upgraded to probable.Update 3/28/09: The Pirates cut Steve Pearce, Robinzon...

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