Pirates Invite Five to Spring Training

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have invited five more players to Spring Training.  The new non-roster invitees are catchers Tony Sanchez and Eric Fryer, infielders Chase D’Arnaud and Brian Friday, and outfielder Andrew Lambo.  Friday is the only one of the group that I think has any shot of making the team, although I don’t think he has a good shot, as he’s behind Pedro Ciriaco and Josh...

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One Year Ago: January Bullpen Additions

In December 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps, following a season where the closer put up a 5.80 ERA in 54.1 innings.  At the time of the move, the Pirates didn’t have much to work with in their bullpen.  Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek were the only bullpen options that were locks to make the team, and they weren’t viewed as strong late inning relievers at this time last year.  The Pirates said they would...

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The Off-Season Additions and the Prospects in the Wings

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the 2011 off-season with holes at first base, right field, shortstop, and the starting rotation.  So far they have added Lyle Overbay to fill the first base role, Matt Diaz to platoon with Garrett Jones in right field, missed out on a few shortstops, and signed Kevin Correia for the rotation, while adding Scott Olsen as an option for the fifth starter role. It seems that two things are certain when it...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Fall League Recap

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up last week, finishing off the 2010 seasons of seven Pittsburgh Pirates prospects.  The season gets a lot of attention for being one of the most prestigious off-season leagues.  That’s because the league is mostly made up of players from the AA or AAA level.  That gives some players additional or first time experience against talent at the higher levels, while giving other players the chance to...

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Pirates Winter League Recap: 11/14-11/20

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up this week.  Here is how the Pirates prospects fared in the final week: -Andrew Lambo played in four games this week, going 1-for-14 (.071) with a double.  Lambo finished the season with a .274/.325/.462 line on the season, with four homers in 106 at-bats. -Tony Sanchez played in two games, going 0-for-7 (.000).  Sanchez finished with a .206/.289/.397 line with four homers in 68 at-bats. -Josh...

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