Hurdle: It’s on Everybody to be a Better Base Runner

BRADENTON, Fla. — During the Pirates 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins at McKechnie Field on Saturday, speedy outfielder Nate McLouth was caught attempting to swipe two bases. So far this spring McLouth is 0-for-3 in stolen base attempts, but Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle wants his players to continue to be aggressive on the bases. “One time he was safe,” Hurdle said. “That’s two butchered calls on Nate McLouth in...

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Presley One of Several Bucs with the Green Light

SARASOTA, Fla. — Last season combined with both Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis outfielder Alex Presley swiped 31 bags –using his speed to his advantage. This year you may just see Presley steal even more bases. He’s one of the few Buccos that have a green light on the base paths this season. The others? Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata. The Pirates other speedy outfielders. Being giving the green light is...

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What is Alex Presley’s Trade Value?

When talking about the outfield depth that the Pittsburgh Pirates have, a lot of assumptions are made.  In the minors we assume that Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman will both arrive in the next year or two, while meeting their expectations.  Or, more conservatively, we expect just one of them to pan out.  In the majors we expect an outfield of Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, and Alex Presley to hold down the fort with good...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Corner Outfield

For most of the 2011 season, there wasn’t a specific starter at either corner outfield position for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Jose Tabata began the season as the everyday starter in left field, but finished the year as the everyday starter in right field.  That happened when Alex Presley came up and took over the everyday duties in left field.  Presley didn’t arrive until late June, and missed most of August with an injury....

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Alex Presley is a Top International League Prospect

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2011 International League today, with Alex Presley being the lone Pittsburgh Pirates prospect on the list.  Presley came in at number 18, and his scouting report can be seen here by subscribers. Presley has been a big surprise the last two years.  After his breakout performance in 2010 there were questions as to whether he could repeat his numbers.  In 2011 he did repeat those...

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