This Date in Pirates History: January 6

Just like yesterday there are no major transactions on this particular date or big time player with birthdays so the lesser known players take the spotlight starting with a couple recent pitchers. Jimmy Barthmaier (1984) Pitcher for the 2008 Pirates. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2003 and pitched for them in the minors until the Pirates selected him off waivers in November of 2007. He began the next year in the minors before...

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2010 Venezuelan Winter League Stats

The 2010 Venezuelan Winter League runs from October 12, 2010 to December 30, 2010, with the playoffs starting on January 2nd, 2011.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the following players participating this year: Gabriel Alvarado Jose Ascanio Luis Campos Ronny Cedeno Adenson Chourio Anthony Claggett Sean Gallagher Wilfredo Ledezma Diego Moreno Fernando Nieve Jhonathan Ramos Jose Tabata Justin Thomas Here are the 2010 stats, updated weekly...

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Tides Take Down Tribe 3-2 in Extra Innings

TIDES TAKE DOWN TRIBE 3-2 IN EXTRA INNINGS Figueroa Delivers Game-Winning Double In 11th NORFOLK, Va. — Second baseman Paco Figueroa hit a two-out, run-scoring double in the bottom of the 11th inning after the Tides overcame a one-run deficit in the ninth and Norfolk claimed a 3-2 extra-inning victory over the Indianapolis Indians on Saturday night at Harbor Park. The loss drops the Indians’ record to 56-53 on the season, while...

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Minors Moves 7/28

Catching up on some minor league transactions… -The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Travis Chick, a right handed pitcher who started the 2010 season in the Los Angeles Angels’ camp before being released and going to Independent ball.  Chick will play in Indianapolis, providing the Indians with pitching depth. -Derek Hankins has been promoted from AA to AAA.  Hankins had a 1.82 ERA this year in 79 innings, pitching mostly out of...

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Weekend Notes: Bryan Morris, Brian Bass, Starling Marte

Some notes from the weekend… -The big news was that the Pirates finally promoted Bryan Morris to Altoona.  In eight starts this season, Morris put up a 0.60 ERA in 44.2 innings, with an 8.1 K/9 a 5.7 K/BB, and no homers allowed.  Morris didn’t allow an earned run in his last 33 innings in Bradenton. According to Rob Biertempfel, Neal Huntington said Morris could be in AAA by August.  My guess is that Morris...

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