First Pitch: Where Will All of the 1B/OF Options Fit?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added a lot of 1B/OF options for their major league squad in the last year. They traded for Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez at the trade deadline. They acquired Clint Robinson in a minor trade with Kansas City. Starling Marte made the jump to the majors in the second half of the 2012 season. They got Jerry Sands in the Joel Hanrahan trade. They signed minor league free agents like Felix Pie, Brad Hawpe, and...

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Winter Leagues Recap: News From Australia, Award For Marte

On a light day of Winter League action from yesterday, Felix Pie was the only Pirates player to play. He went 0-for-4, as his team dropped down to 3-11 in the playoffs. The Dominican League playoffs continue with their four team, 18 game round-robin tournament for four more days. The two best teams will continue on to meet in a nine game championship series. Beginning on February 1st, the best teams from the Mexican, Puerto Rican,...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Johnson Comes Up Big in Playoff Win

In playoff action from the Dominican last night, Kris Johnson continued his impressive pitching this off-season, going six strong inning in his team’s 7-2 victory. He allowed two runs on six hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. The first run was unearned, coming in the first inning on a two out error. He has now made nine starts between the playoffs and DWL regular season. Johnson has pitched a total of 46.1 innings,...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Alen Hanson Sighting

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Adelaide lost 11-7 despite a big day from the recently traded Quincy Latimore. Just one day after being sent to the Cleveland Indians for Jeanmar Gomez, Latimore went 3-for-4, with three RBI’s, two doubles, a run scored and a walk. With the departure of Latimore, Stefan Welch once again became the only Pirates players in the Adelaide lineup. He went 1-for-4, with a walk and run...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Fuesser Throws Five Shutout Innings

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Zac Fuesser had an impressive five shutout inning performance, as Adelaide rolled to a 5-2 victory. Fuesser allowed four hits, walked two and struck out a season-high eight batters. He threw a high number of pitches over his five innings, 65 out of 103 for strikes, keeping him from going further. Fuesser is now 4-3, 3.51 in ten starts, with 51 strikeouts in 51.1 innings. Stefan Welch...

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