Spring Training Notes: Wandy Rodriguez, Jason Grilli, Jeanmar Gomez
Mar08

Spring Training Notes: Wandy Rodriguez, Jason Grilli, Jeanmar Gomez

The Pittsburgh Pirates got some great results from their Major League pitchers yesterday, with Wandy Rodriguez, Jason Grilli, and Jeanmar Gomez combining for six shutout innings. Afterwards, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he was pleased with the three pitchers, and ran through what impressed him with each guy. Wandy Rodriguez - Hurdle pointed out that he had an aggressive approach, and also was mixing in some curveballs in the...

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Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte
Feb24

Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte

At the end of last week I posted a video of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco taking batting practice together. It was a nice sight to see those three rotating in the batting cages together, since they could eventually make up the best outfield trio in the majors. McCutchen is already an MVP, Marte posted a 4.6 WAR in his first full season, and Polanco looks like an impact talent who should arrive by mid-season...

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First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future
Feb19

First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future

**Earlier today I wrote about Gregory Polanco and some of the defensive adjustments he made last year while he was in Bradenton. Polanco said that adjustment helped him to become a more complete outfielder. Everyone has questions about prospects, even the safe bets like Polanco. For me, Polanco becomes less of a question mark because of his skills in the outfield, and his speed. Those are two skills that translate to every level, and...

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Jason Grilli throws off the mound; Josh Harrison has a girl
Feb18

Jason Grilli throws off the mound; Josh Harrison has a girl

Earlier today I noted that Jason Grilli hadn’t thrown since last Thursday, taking a few extra days off between bullpen sessions. Both Clint Hurdle and Grilli said that he was fine, with no health concerns. Today Grilli threw five pitches off flat ground, and 15 off the mound. Hurdle talked about the reduced workload, and how this is a custom approach for Grilli due to the feedback received from the player. “Just because...

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Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X
Feb18

Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X

In the last week I’ve written twice about how the Pittsburgh Pirates plan on utilizing outfield defensive shifts more often in 2014. Clint Hurdle initially talked about it last week, and I spoke with Neal Huntington about the topic, with Huntington noting that this would be different than their approach from a few years ago with outfield shifts. It appears that one big difference will come via new technology. Yesterday Hurdle...

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