Prospect Notebook: Luis Heredia, Zack Dodson, and Rinku Singh Set to Return Soon

I’ve had a lot of questions early in the year about the progress of Luis Heredia. The right-hander is in extended Spring Training, and hasn’t thrown in many games. He has been throwing on the side, and pitched a live batting practice earlier this week. Back in the middle of March I spoke with Pirates farm director Larry Broadway, who said that the team would probably take a similar approach with Heredia as they did with...

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Pirates 2012 International Spending Recap

Ben Badler of Baseball America, released his recap of the Pirates 2012 International spending today. Like every other team in baseball, the Pirates had a $2.9 M cap for spending on International players. That cap didn’t go into place until July 2nd and it runs until June 15,2013. Any signings made earlier in the year did not count against it, plus there are a few allowances for spending just over the 2.9 M number. The top six...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Australian League Season Wrap-Up

In action from the last day of the Australian Baseball League’s regular season today, Stefan Welch went 1-for-3, with a double, two walks and two RBI’s. Adelaide lost their third straight game to close the season. They came into the weekend needing to sweep the four game series just to give themselves a chance at the last playoff spot. For the Perth Heat, who made the playoffs with their win today, Sam Kennelly flew out to...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Australian League News and Notes

In Australian League Baseball action from today, Stefan Welch went 1-for-3, with a walk, as Adelaide took a one-sided 12-2 loss. The defeat came just one day after they were eliminated from playoffs. On Friday night, Adelaide lost 8-7 to Canberra. In that contest, Welch went 1-for-4, with a run scored. Also from today’s Adelaide game, Nick Hutchings came in to relieve during the seventh inning and ended up pitching 1.2 innings....

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Winter Leagues Recap: Three Hits For Marte

In playoff action out of the Dominican from last night, Starling Marte went 3-for-4, with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base. Marte’s Escogido team took a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-nine championship series with a 8-5 win. He is now hitting .387 in the playoffs after batting .304 during the DWL regular season. In action out of Venezuela, Luis Sanz threw a scoreless inning of relief during his team’s 4-1 loss....

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