First Pitch: The Pirates Added Some 2014 MLB Players Today
Nov20

First Pitch: The Pirates Added Some 2014 MLB Players Today

The moves the Pirates made today were all of the minor league variety. First they signed five minor league free agents — all right-handed pitchers. They followed that up with the expected Rule 5 roster moves, protecting four prospects from the draft on December 12th. While all of these moves involved minor league players, it’s very likely that today’s additions will lead to MLB production at some point during the...

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Pirates Add Polanco, Hanson, Rodriguez, and Sadler to the 40-Man
Nov20

Pirates Add Polanco, Hanson, Rodriguez, and Sadler to the 40-Man

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added three players so far to the 40-man roster, protecting them from the Rule 5 draft. So far they’ve added Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Joely Rodriguez. I heard about Polanco and Hanson this morning, although those two were obviously going to be added. Rodriguez was questionable, but his agent reported that he has been added. There could be more players joining this list. Normally the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues: Andrew Lambo Makes Winter Debut
Nov20

Winter Leagues: Andrew Lambo Makes Winter Debut

In the Dominican on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his team’s 3-2 win. He is now hitting .326, with 22 RBIs  in 89 at-bats. Polanco has been on base in 23 of his 24 games this season. He also picked up an outfield assist. Also for Escogido, Starling Marte has received permission from the Pirates to player Winter ball. He will play alongside Polanco in the Leones outfield. Marte will likely join the...

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First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players
Nov20

First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players

Today is the day for teams to protect players for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Teams have until midnight to add players to the 40-man roster, or risk those players being exposed in the draft this December. The first time eligible players this year are high school players from the 2009 draft and college players from the 2010 draft.  The Pirates currently have four open spots on the 40-man roster. They could clear more spots if needed....

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Winter Leagues: Sands Homers, Navarro Added to Roster
Nov19

Winter Leagues: Sands Homers, Navarro Added to Roster

In the Dominican on Monday night, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI. He picked up the RBI on a 6th inning ground out with his team down 6-0 at the time. They came back to tie the score, but lost 7-6 in 11 innings. Polanco has now reached base in 22 of 23 games. Earlier in the day, Baseball America named Polanco their top prospect in the Pirates farm system. On the other side of that 7-6 game, Oscar Tejeda and...

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