Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield Defense and Offensive Questions
Mar29

Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield Defense and Offensive Questions

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield...

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Pirates Make a Lot of Cuts From Major League Camp, Including Andrew Lambo
Mar25

Pirates Make a Lot of Cuts From Major League Camp, Including Andrew Lambo

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the next round of cuts from major league camp today, cutting 11 players. The following players have been optioned to the minor leagues: Jaff Decker (Indianapolis) Jared Hughes (Indianapolis) Andrew Lambo (Indianapolis) The following non roster invitees were transferred to minor league camp: Zack Thornton Adam Wilk Chris Dickerson Jay Jackson Daniel Schlereth Robert Andino Omir Santos Michael Martinez The...

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Spring Training Notes: Stolmy Pimentel and Tony Sanchez Impress
Feb25

Spring Training Notes: Stolmy Pimentel and Tony Sanchez Impress

  It was during the Black and Gold game last year that I first saw Stolmy Pimentel. The right-hander was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in December 2012, and pitched in relief in the intrasquad game to kick off the Spring Training schedule. I was impressed with Pimentel at the time, and I wasn’t the only one. Last week I wrote about Pimentel, and included Ray Searage’s reaction to that game, when he first noticed...

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Spring Training Notes: Observations on the First Base Platoon
Feb21

Spring Training Notes: Observations on the First Base Platoon

Just a few notes from a routine day at Pirate City.  The team was primarily doing base running and infield drills, and batting practice. As per usual, for drills the Pirates have two groups, one made up primarily of regulars and the other primarily of non-roster invitees and other players who are fighting for the last roster spot or two.  Most of the latter, of course, will end up at Indianapolis. It’s easy to read too much into...

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Winter Leagues: Polo Goes Yard In 6-4 Win
Jan08

Winter Leagues: Polo Goes Yard In 6-4 Win

From Colombia on Monday, Tito Polo hit a solo home run in his team’s 6-4 win. The homer was his first of the season. Harold Ramirez reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with a single, walk, hit-by-pitch and run scored. He is now hitting .323 with nine extra base hits in 37 games. Polo is hitting .237 in 24 games and he has a .699 OPS. The league is a good measuring stick for how much each player has improved over last season....

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