Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field
Dec15

Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field

Over the weekend at PirateFest, several players and Ray Searage met with the media to discuss the upcoming season. Here are some notes from a few of those interviews, starting with a few notes from Searage. **Gerrit Cole was up and down in 2014, but showed flashes of his ace potential, especially in the month of September when he had a 45:6 K/BB ratio to go along with a 2.55 xFIP in 39.1 innings pitched. Ray Searage believes that Cole...

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Links: Trade Values, Mark Melancon’s Arbitration Price
Dec03

Links: Trade Values, Mark Melancon’s Arbitration Price

Two interesting links to share this morning, while I take a brief break from writing profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide. **Every year, Jonah Keri at Grantland releases a “Trade Values” series, looking at the top 50 most valuable assets in baseball. Part one of his list went up today, and includes two Pirates outfielders. Gregory Polanco ranked 45th, falling into a tier of talented young outfielders, along with Jorge Soler...

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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump
Nov24

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump

Saturday night was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates news in winter ball, except for Venezuela. Elias Diaz went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a throwing error in his second game of winter ball. Diaz made his debut on Friday night, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Elvis Escobar pinch-ran in the eighth inning and stayed in the game as the DH. He went 0-for-1 with a run scored. He made his debut on Wednesday as a defensive...

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Winter Leagues: Strong Performance From Stolmy Pimentel
Nov21

Winter Leagues: Strong Performance From Stolmy Pimentel

Coming into Thursday night, Stolmy Pimentel had made four starts and failed to go longer than two innings in three of those games. He had a .364 BAA in those four starts, with seven walks and just four strikeouts. Except for the strikeouts, he really turned things around in his fifth start. Pimentel allowed one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. He had nine ground ball outs as well, though he picked up just one strikeout....

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Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Makes Debut, News on Melancon, Polanco and Harold Ramirez
Nov19

Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Makes Debut, News on Melancon, Polanco and Harold Ramirez

Gregory Polanco is playing in the Dominican, but has not been given permission by the Pirates to play in the Dominican Winter League yet. He is playing in the Parallel League, which is basically the minor league version of the Dominican League. Polanco went 1-for-4 with a double the other day against players from the Dominican academy of the Orioles. Mark Melancon threw a scoreless ninth to pick up the save in the fifth game of the...

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