Winter Leagues 12/14 — A Start For Claggett; A Homer By Anderson

Pirates’ players and friends in a bit of winter league action on Wednesday and early Thursday:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Bravos de Margarita  5,  Cardenales de Lara  3  (Game 1) Anthony Claggett made the start for Los Bravos, and pitched 4 0f the 7 innings in this shortened game.  Claggett retired the first 6 batters he faced, then gave up 2 runs in the 3rd inning on a walk, a double, an RBI ground out, and an RBI single.  A...

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Winter Leagues 12/9 – Claggett’s First Win

Looking for Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Bravos de Margarita  13,  Tibureones de La Guaira  6 Anthony Claggett pitched 3.1 innings in relief, allowing one run on 4 hits to earn his first win for Los Bravos.  Margarita’s starter, Indiana native Ryan Tatusko (Nationals) allowed Los Tiburones one run in the 1st inning, then got into trouble again in the 2nd...

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Winter Leagues 12/6 — Marte Triples Twice; Crotta Joins Lara

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Leones del Escogido  3,  Estrellas de Oriente  2 CF Starling Marte led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a triple into left field, then scored on an RBI single for Los Leones’ walk-off win.   Marte also tripled in the 4th inning, driving in Los Leones’ first run, then scored on another single.  A double,...

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Lincoln and Indians Chopped By Braves

Gwinnett Braves  11,  Indianapolis Indians  5 [ box ] The Gwinnett Braves did not appreciate the Indians scoring 8 runs over the first two innings in Saturday night’s game.  So they began this afternoon’s game at Coolray Field by scoring 10 runs over the first 4 innings, and 9 of them in two frames, sending Tribe starter Brad Lincoln to the showers after just 3 innings. The Indians started the game on a solid note.  With...

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Out of Nowhere – Sleeper Prospects

Much of the discussion of the Pirates’ farm system the last couple years has centered on GM Neal Huntington’s efforts to restock the system after years of neglect under his predecessor, He Who Shall Not Be Named.  Naturally, it’s been easy to forget the players who were already in the system when Huntington took over, a tendency made a good deal easier by the fact that so few of those players have performed well.  This year, however,...

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