Pirates From Down Under

Back on April 2, 2009 the Pirates started their foray into a new territory, signing an amateur player from Australia named Mitchell Fienemann. Before they signed Fienemann, they signed Tony Harris as a scout, and his specialty is Australia. He has coached there since 1992, including this past off-season, managing the Australian Baseball League (ABL) team the Adelaide Bite, which featured Pirates farmhands Wilson Lee, Jackson Lodge and...

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2011 West Virginia Power Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 West Virginia Power preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  Normally this is the part where I would talk about how you don’t find prospects in the bullpen at the low-A level.  That’s not the case here.  The West Virginia pitching staff is filled with so many pitching prospects that they will have actual prospects in...

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Pirates Winter League Recap: 10/24-10/30

The Mesa Solar Sox went 2-4 this week, and currently sit 9-8, two games behind the Scottsdale Scorpions.  Here is how the Pirates prospects fared this week: -Andrew Lambo played in five games this week, going 5-for-18 (.278) with two doubles, a walk, and five strikeouts. -Tony Sanchez had a down week at the plate, going 2-for-12 (.167), although he finished strong with a solo homer on Saturday.  Sanchez walked twice, and struck out...

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2010 Misc Pirates Winter League Stats

Mexican Pacific League: The 2010 Mexican Pacific Winter League runs from October 12, 2010 to December 30, 2010. Matt Hague Rogelios Noris Corey Wimberly Puerto Rican League: The 2010 Puerto Rican Winter League runs from October 22, 2010 to December 30, 2010. Josh Fields Benji Gonzalez Australian Baseball League: The 2010 Australian Baseball League runs from November 6, 2010 to January 22, 2011. Dylan Child Mitchell Fienemann Quincy...

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State College at Aberdeen, August 13-14

Aberdeen 3, State College 2 (11 inn.) State College 1, Aberdeen 0 State College split the first two games of a weekend series at Aberdeen, home of Billy Ripken and his late father, Cal, Sr.  The Spikes lost the first game in 11 innings, 3-2, but came back the next night with a 1-0 win. A couple asides here before I start.  For one, the radar gun at Ripken Stadium sure seemed slow to me on Friday night.  Either the pitchers set an...

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