Winter Leagues 10/14-15 — Hague Hits, Hernandez Gets Hit

Catching up with the Pirates’ players and friends in the winter leagues: MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE Algodoneros de Guasave  7,  Venados de Mazatlan  4 A 6-run 3rd inning gave Guasave a lead they would not give up on Friday, despite a 3-run 8th by Los Venados.  There were two homers in the 3rd for Guasave and two in the 8th for Mazatlan.  LF Rogelio Noris went 0-for-3 with a walk.  Former Pirate LF Yurendell de Caster singled and...

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Caribbean Leagues Getting Started

The Caribbean League seasons are getting underway, and there are many Pirates and former Pirates on the rosters. The Mexican Pacific League opened their season on Tuesday night.  OF Rogelios Noris, who spent the 2011 American season with the West Virginia Power, is again playing for his hometown Venados de Mazatlan.  Los Venados opened their season with a 5-1 loss to Los Tomateros de Culiacan.  Noris went 1-for-3 with a single in the...

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Lorin, Offense Lead Marauders To 10-0 Win

The Bradenton Marauders had a great all around win against the St. Lucie Mets tonight, with starting pitcher Brett Lorin throwing six shutout innings, and the offense scoring eight runs and chasing top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler early.  Bradenton won 10-0, evening the series against the Mets at 1-1. Brett Lorin set the tone for the Marauders on the mound.  After a one out double in the first, Lorin retired his next 14 batters.  He...

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The Bradenton Marauders Offense – Is it the park or the players?

As we head into the final week of minor league baseball, the Bradenton Marauders hitters are comfortably leading the Florida State League in both batting average and OPS. They are also leading the league in runs scored and 3rd in homers. What I’m wondering though is if McKechnie Field is assisting in this offensive outburst or if the Marauders just have a great group of talented hitters.

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Daily Prospect Profile: Ramon Cabrera

The catching depth in the Pittsburgh Pirates system is thin behind top prospect Tony Sanchez.  All of the upper level options, including the two currently replacing Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder in the majors, profile more as backups.  Eric Fryer might be able to establish himself as a starting prospect, but as of right now, the only potential starting prospect in the system is Sanchez.  Right behind Sanchez is a catcher who is putting...

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