Pirates Release Atkins, Cut Two

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released infielder Garrett Atkins, and cut Fernando Nieve and Justin Thomas from major league camp, cutting their Spring Training roster down to 41 players. That group of players does not include Kevin Hart, who is on the disabled list. All three players were non roster invitees. Atkins was set to make $800 K if he made the majors. He was competing with Josh Fields and Andy Marte for a bench spot, although...

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Battle of the Bench and Today’s Pitchers

Today’s spring training game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies allowed us to see all of the players battling for bench spots on the Pirates’ roster as well as some interesting pitchers.  As has been reported many times, there are really only 3 bench spots available since RF is a platoon and there will be at least 2 catchers on the team (Snyder & Doumit if both are healthy and still in the Pirate...

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What The Indianapolis Infield Should Look Like

A few weeks ago I previewed the 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, with a projection of how that lineup would look.  The summary of that projection: C - Jason Jaramillo (Dusty Brown) 1B - Matt Hague 2B - Josh Harrison (Jim Negrych) SS - Pedro Ciriaco (Brian Friday) 3B - Andy Marte DH - Jeff Clement or Josh Fields Candidates for outfield starting roles: Corey Wimberly, Steve Pearce Could arrive in May: Chase D’Arnaud, Jordy...

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Updates On The Non-Roster Invitees

This spring the Pittsburgh Pirates invited 22 non-roster players to their major league camp for spring training. Now just under a month into the camp, 16 of them still remain with the big league squad. In this article I will breakdown the performance of each individual player going into Sunday along with, in my opinion, their chances of making the opening day roster. First, I will start with the players who did not survive the first...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: The Infield

Back in December I looked at the potential roster crunch that could take place in the Indianapolis Indians’ infield in 2011.  With a group of talented young infield prospects making their way up from Altoona, and a group of off-season additions to the organization, there are far more players than available positions. With the season getting closer, let’s take a look at who could be in line to play in the Indianapolis...

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