First Pitch: The First Baseman of the Future Probably Isn’t Playing First Base
Jan23

First Pitch: The First Baseman of the Future Probably Isn’t Playing First Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates have question marks at first base and right field entering the 2014 season. If you look through the farm system for long-term answers in right field, you don’t have to go far to find the right-fielder of the future. His name is Gregory Polanco, and he should arrive in mid-2014. If you go through the farm system looking for the first baseman of the future, you’re not going to find any leading...

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Pirates Invite Four Players to Spring Training
Jan14

Pirates Invite Four Players to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have invited Matt Hague, Carlos Paulino, Jameson Taillon, and Zack Thornton to Spring Training, per a team press release. We heard last week that Taillon received an invite, but this is the first we’ve heard about the other three. Hague has been invited to Spring Training in each of the last two seasons. His most notable Spring was in 2012, when he showed off some impressive power. He made the team out of...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class
Dec09

Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class

With an extremely slow day in Winter League action on Sunday, now is a good time to catch up on all of the Pittsburgh Pirates players who are taking part in leagues around the world. During our daily updates, we normally cover players that were in the Pirates system at the end of the 2013 season and are still free agents, such as Ivan De Jesus Jr. and David Bromberg, but all of the players mentioned below are still in the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Come Up Big in Win
Nov18

Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Come Up Big in Win

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored. He has reached base 43 times this year, picking up at least one hit or walk in 21 of his 22 games. Matt Hague went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in his team’s 3-0 loss. He is hitting .313 in 17 games. Oscar Tejeda hit a pinch-hit double and scored a run in the eighth inning of his team’s 13-11 loss. Tejeda stayed in the game and played left...

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Winter Leagues:  Two RBIs For Matt Hague in 6-4 Victory
Nov17

Winter Leagues: Two RBIs For Matt Hague in 6-4 Victory

In the Dominican on Saturday night, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. Polanco picked up his 20th RBI on a ground out to second base in the first inning. His two walks gives him a total of 17 base on balls in 21 games. Matt Hague went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBIs. He is hitting .311 in 16 games with ten RBIs. Hague has had two hits in three of his last five games. In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands went...

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