The Off-Season Additions and the Prospects in the Wings

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the 2011 off-season with holes at first base, right field, shortstop, and the starting rotation.  So far they have added Lyle Overbay to fill the first base role, Matt Diaz to platoon with Garrett Jones in right field, missed out on a few shortstops, and signed Kevin Correia for the rotation, while adding Scott Olsen as an option for the fifth starter role. It seems that two things are certain when it...

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Pirates Winter League Recap: 12/5-12/12

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: 6-for-21, 1 3B, 2 SB -Jose Tabata made his debut this week, going 5-for-11, with 1 2B, 7 BB, and 2 SB. -Anthony Claggett: 10.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K -Fernando Nieve: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K -Jose Ascanio made his debut this week,...

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2010 Position Recap: First Base

Yesterday I went over the right field situation, noting that the circumstances didn’t change during the 2010 season.  The Pirates started the season with a lot of options, but no lock for a right fielder, and ended the season with new options, and no lock for a future right fielder.  The first base scenario is a lot of the same.  The start of the season saw Jeff Clement as the starting first baseman.  Many were worried about...

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Altoona Survives Reading Phillies, 3-2

The crowd of 6,003 on this cool September night were treated to a decent group pitching performance after Derek Hankins went out after 3 shutout innings with an apparent injury.  Mike Colla came in and shut the door on the Reading Phillies, allowing only a 4th inning no-doubt homer.  Colla pitched 4 much needed innings and got 4 K’s while not allowing a walk. For the Curve, they scraped together a timely two-run 3rd inning with...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/4/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off today. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona beat Akron 5-1.  Rudy Owens pitched six innings, allowing a run on one hit, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Tom Boleska pitched three shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out two. Chase d’Arnaud went 3-for-4 with a run and a stolen base.  Andrew Lambo went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run.  Matt Hague went 2-for-5 with a run...

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