Did Craig Monroe win a starting job yesterday?

I know it’s only Spring Training and the games and stats normally don’t mean anything, but Craig Monroe’s three homers against the Twins yesterday might have an impact on the 2009 Pirates’ season. That is, in the sense that it pretty much locked Monroe in for a spot on the major league roster. Before you dismiss his homers as meaningless, consider that two of the three homers came against Scott Baker, who is...

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Spring Training Battles: Outfield

The July trades of Jason Bay and Xavier Nady brought eight players in to the fold for the Pirates, including top prospects Jose Tabata and Bryan Morris, but in exchange, left the corner outfield spots open for competition this spring. Going in to the 2009 season, the Pirates have Brandon Moss, Nyjer Morgan, and Steven Pearce competing for the two corner outfield spots, with top prospects Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata the eventual...

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Reading Between the Lines: Coonelly Chat

Frank Coonelly did his monthly chat yesterday. While my opinion is that most GMs and CEOs in baseball (Pirates included) won’t come out and say everything in these situations, I believe we can read between the lines in certain cases and take a guess as to what the plan could be. So in an attempt to do that, let’s read between the lines for yesterday’s chat with Coonelly: stwoods53: I think you’re doing a great...

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Should Hinske Start?

Last year in just 381 at bats, Eric Hinske hit for a .247/.333/.465 line with 20 homers. The average was a little low, but the OBP was decent enough, and the power was excellent, giving Hinske a homer every 19.05 at bats. The only Pirates to top Hinske’s .798 OPS last year were Xavier Nady, Jason Bay, Ryan Doumit, Nate McLouth, and Adam LaRoche. With Bay and Nady now gone, that leaves Hinske ranked fourth when looking at the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 2002

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player. Bryan Bullington received a $4,000,000 signing bonus. The Pirates selected Bullington with the first overall pick, rather than taking the consensus top prospect, B.J. Upton. Upton was drafted by the Rays and signed for $600,000 more than...

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