Spring Training 2013 Position Battles: The Bench

With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker. I’ve already reviewed two of the position battles heading into Spring Training, looking at the starting rotation...

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First Pitch: Where Will All of the 1B/OF Options Fit?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added a lot of 1B/OF options for their major league squad in the last year. They traded for Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez at the trade deadline. They acquired Clint Robinson in a minor trade with Kansas City. Starling Marte made the jump to the majors in the second half of the 2012 season. They got Jerry Sands in the Joel Hanrahan trade. They signed minor league free agents like Felix Pie, Brad Hawpe, and...

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Matt Hague Outrighted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted first baseman Matt Hague to Indianapolis, according to the MLB.com transactions page. It appears the move happened at the end of last week, although I don’t believe it was announced and this is the first I’ve noticed it. Hague was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates acquired Zach Stewart, Vin Mazzaro, and Clint Robinson in trades. The Indianapolis roster should be...

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2012 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Indianapolis was one of the most successful teams in the Pirates’ system this year, fueled by Starling Marte and a strong pitching staff. By the time the playoffs came around, all of the players who got them to the post-season had been promoted to the majors, which resulted in a first round loss. Here are the results from the individual players, as well as the top ten prospects at the level this year. The Hitters The top hitting...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: First Base

The Pirates broke camp in spring training with Casey McGehee and Garrett Jones to platoon at first base, with Matt Hague making the team on the bench as another option. By the end of the season McGehee was traded for Chad Qualls, Hague was sent to the minors, and the Pirates may have found the power bat they were looking for to handle that position in Jones. The 31-year-old will be second time arbitration eligible this offseason. With...

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