Spring Training 2013 Position Battles: The Bullpen

With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker. If there’s one area where Neal Huntington has been successful, it’s building a bullpen. Huntington has...

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The Updated 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made some big changes to their bullpen over the last few weeks. They traded Chris Resop, signed Jason Grilli, traded Joel Hanrahan, and acquired Mark Melancon in that same trade. Now that the Hanrahan trade is done, let’s take a look at the makeup of the new bullpen.   Guaranteed Contracts Jason Grilli, RHP - Grilli will make $2.25 M in 2013, along with a $500,000 signing bonus. He’s the...

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2012 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Indianapolis was one of the most successful teams in the Pirates’ system this year, fueled by Starling Marte and a strong pitching staff. By the time the playoffs came around, all of the players who got them to the post-season had been promoted to the majors, which resulted in a first round loss. Here are the results from the individual players, as well as the top ten prospects at the level this year. The Hitters The top hitting...

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Indians Still Alive As Irwin Strikes Out 11

Indianapolis Indians  8,  Charlotte Knights  0 (Box)   A tremendous start by pitcher Phil Irwin plus a 5-run 6th inning gave the Indianapolis Indians the boost they needed to win a do-or-die game over the Charlotte Knights tonight at Knights’ Stadium in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC.  Irwin pitched 7 shutout innings and allowed just 2 hits and one walk, while he struck out 11 Charlotte batters.  The Indians put up 10 hits,...

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Indians Win Season Finale; Larish Plays 8 Positions, and Reliever Diaz Steals Third

Indianapolis Indians  2,  Louisville Bats  0 (Box)   (rain shortened again)   The Indianapolis Indians wrapped up the regular season with a rain-shortened win over the Louisville Bats at Louisville Slugger Field this afternoon.  Pirates’ pitcher Chad Qualls made the “start” for the Indians, pitching one inning as a rehab appearance.  Six more pitchers took turns pitching the rest of the game, which was cut short...

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