All posts tagged "Michael Crotta"

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    Game 4 Recap: Bucs Bunch Runs and Hold On

    Morton had a great outing in his 2011 debut, allowing one run in six innings. 79 wins and counting to reach a season above .500 for the first time since before I even began dating my wife of 16 years. I don't blame her for the dry spell. Though sometimes I wonder...

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    Looking Back at Michael Crotta

    Crotta had a strong debut on Sunday. I've been running this site for a little over two years now.  In those two years, I've seen guys in minor league games who have gone on to make the majors.  Pedro Alvarez is one example, as I watched him when he started his career...

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    Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011

    This is part three of a three part 2011 season preview.  The other two parts are below: 1. 19 Things to Watch For in 2011 2. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market 3. Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011 With the Pittsburgh Pirates focused on rebuilding through the minors, it's...

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    The Final Three Roster Spots

    Ciriaco is battling for one of the final bench spots. After the news this morning that the Pittsburgh Pirates cut four players, there are three roster spots remaining.  The cuts this morning left Steve Pearce with a roster spot on the bench, while Garrett Olson is all but a guarantee to win...

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    Spots Opening Up In The Bullpen

    Olson should make the Opening Day roster with Olsen and Beimel hurt. At the start of the off-season, the bullpen looked pretty crowded.  The Pittsburgh Pirates had locks in Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, and Jeff Karstens.  They added Joe Beimel and Jose Veras, and almost immediately proclaimed that each reliever...

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    Battle of the Bench and Today’s Pitchers

    Today's spring training game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies allowed us to see all of the players battling for bench spots on the Pirates' roster as well as some interesting pitchers.  As has been reported many times, there are really only 3 bench spots available since RF is a platoon...

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    2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: Starting Pitchers

    Owens is projected to start the 2011 season in Indianapolis, and could be in the majors by the end of June. So far we've looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Indianapolis during the 2011 season.  Today we'll look at the biggest area of focus for the 2011...

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    Images From Spring Opener (Without the Squashed Manatees)

    As you no doubt know, the Pirates beat up on a hapless junior college squad in their spring opener by a score of several million to one, roughly.  For some reason, the annual game against the junior college Manatees is usually something less than a laugher.  The Pirates even lost a few...

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    Who Could Reach the Majors This Year?

    Owens has a strong chance of arriving in the majors this year. Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates saw the Major League debuts of several young players.  They saw big time prospects like Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata reach the majors in mid-season, and stick around.  They also saw a few minor players...

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    The 2011 Bullpen

    Hanrahan is a much stronger option this off-season, but the rest of the bullpen is unsettled. A year ago at this time, the 2010 bullpen was largely incomplete, consisting only of Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Javier Lopez, and a few minor signings competing for spots, such as Wilfredo Ledezma, Vinnie Chulk, Jack...

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