First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week
Dec09

First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week

I’ve been finishing up the profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide over the last week, getting ready to send the book to the publisher on Friday. In the process, I’ve noticed a bit of a roster crunch in the upper levels when it comes to first base. The Pirates currently have more first base and outfield options than they have positions in Altoona and Indianapolis. A few of the prospects who will play in the upper levels are...

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Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Outpitches Stolmy Pimentel
Dec03

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Outpitches Stolmy Pimentel

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they signed Gorkys Hernandez and Deibinson Romero on Monday. Both players are taking part in winter ball, with Hernandez playing in Venezuela and Romero seeing time in the Dominican. Neither player is hitting well so far. Hernandez plays for Caribes de Anzoategui and he is hitting .242/.326/.282 in 36 games. Romero is on Leones del Escogido, where he is hitting .222/.243/.278 in 14 games. Fangraphs...

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Sean Rodriguez, First Base Platoon, Third Base, and Non-Tenders
Dec02

First Pitch: Thoughts on Sean Rodriguez, First Base Platoon, Third Base, and Non-Tenders

Today wasn’t an extremely busy day in terms of news for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But following the slow Thanksgiving break, and the slow week leading up to that break, today seemed like the Winter Meetings. The Pirates made two moves that impacted the MLB roster, announced the signings of three minor league free agents, and a rumor had them making Francisco Liriano a priority. Here are some quick thoughts on the impacts of each...

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Pirates Sign Gorkys Hernandez and Deibinson Romero
Dec01

Pirates Sign Gorkys Hernandez and Deibinson Romero

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and third baseman Deibinson Romero to minor league contracts with invitations to Spring Training. Romero is 28 years old and spent the 2014 season in the Twins organization, where he hit .265/.364/.406 in 123 games for AAA Rochester. He has spent nine seasons in the Twins system and hasn’t made the Majors yet. He plays almost exclusively at third base, seeing some...

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Chris Leroux Goes Six Innings, Jeff Clement Homers in Indians Loss

Buffalo Bisons  5,  Indianapolis Indians  4 (Box)   A home run by Buffalo Bisons’ Zach Lutz in the top of the 11th gave Buffalo the win over the Indianapolis Indians tonight at Victory Field.  After the Indians tied up the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th, the Indians could not score again in the 10th.  After he Bisons took the lead, the Indians could not get anything going in the bottom of the 11th, and Buffalo had the...

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