Pirates From Down Under

Back on April 2, 2009 the Pirates started their foray into a new territory, signing an amateur player from Australia named Mitchell Fienemann. Before they signed Fienemann, they signed Tony Harris as a scout, and his specialty is Australia. He has coached there since 1992, including this past off-season, managing the Australian Baseball League (ABL) team the Adelaide Bite, which featured Pirates farmhands Wilson Lee, Jackson Lodge and...

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2011 GCL Pirates Preview: Pitchers

The GCL Pirates began their season on Monday.  Below is a look at the pitchers who will start the year on the 2011 GCL roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the position players. Luis Heredia The 16 year old Heredia, who turns 17 in August, signed for $2.6 M out of Mexico last year, making him the highest paid international amateur in Pirates history.  There’s a good reason Heredia was paid that amount, and a lot of...

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Pirates Winter League Recap: 11/21-11/27

The stats pages for the winter leagues have been updated.  Click on the league name to see all of the stats.  Here are the key performers from the past week: Venezuelan Winter League -Ronny Cedeno: 5-for-20, 2 HR -Anthony Claggett: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K Dominican Winter League -Pedro Ciriaco: 2-for-6, 1 sB Misc. Pirates Winter Leagues -Quincy Latimore: 5-for-16, 1 2B, 1 HR -Rogelios Noris: 4-for-14, 1 2B -Rinku Singh: 2.1 IP, 1...

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Pirates Sign Australian Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed reliever Jackson Lodge out of Australia, according to the Adelaide Bite Facebook page.  Lodge becomes the fifth player signed by the Pirates out of Australia in the last few years, joining Mitchell Fienemann, Jarryd Sullivan, Dylan Child, and Wilson Lee. Lodge currently has a 9.64 ERA in 4.2 innings in the Australian Baseball League, along with a 5:1 K/BB ratio.  Lodge, who turned 17 on...

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