Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Reaches Base Three Times in Win
Oct13

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Reaches Base Three Times in Win

Sunday is usually a slow day in winter ball, but five Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action. In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He is 4-for-14 in the first four games and has been the DH in each of the last three games after catching the opener. Jose Osuna went 0-for-4 and is now 1-for-12 on the season. After being used as a DH in his first two games, he played his first game at first base. Matt...

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Morning Report: Pirates Haven’t Had Much Success in Australia Yet
Sep22

Morning Report: Pirates Haven’t Had Much Success in Australia Yet

Back in 2011, I took a look at all the amateur free agent players signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Australia. In the article, which can be read here, I said that it didn’t look like the Pirates signed any top prospects yet out of Australia, but the players seemed to be getting better each year. That stayed true the next year when the Pirates signed shortstop Sam Kennelly and pitcher Nick Hutchings. Those two are the best...

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Prospect Highlights: Two Young Players From Australia Seeing Time With the GCL Pirates
Jul27

Prospect Highlights: Two Young Players From Australia Seeing Time With the GCL Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have two 18-year-old players from Australia making their pro debuts in the Gulf Coast League this year. If you follow the site closely, both players have been mentioned here often because they have played Winter ball, including stints in the Australian Baseball League, playing against competition that is usually much older and much more advanced. The league has some players with Major League experience, as well...

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Minor League Schedule: Nick Hutchings Gets the Start For the GCL Pirates Today
Jul15

Minor League Schedule: Nick Hutchings Gets the Start For the GCL Pirates Today

Today’s Starters: Justin Topa, Nick Hutchings

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Prospect Highlights: Pitching From Joely Rodriguez and Nick Hutchings
Jun28

Prospect Highlights: Pitching From Joely Rodriguez and Nick Hutchings

Joely Rodriguez retired 11 straight batters to end his outing on Thursday night, with the final out shown in the video below. Rodriguez finished the game with one hit and one run allowed over seven innings. His first taste of AA has been a bit disappointing, with a high BAA and a low strikeout rate. The Pirates have had 26 minor league pitchers throw at least 45 innings this year and Rodriguez’s 4.6 SO/9 is the lowest rate of...

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