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. ┬áThe 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. ┬áMost 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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Pirates Sign Robert Andino
Jan07

Pirates Sign Robert Andino

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Robert Andino to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Andino was in the Pirates’ organization last year, playing for Indianapolis. The Pirates acquired him on July 31st for cash considerations, and used him as depth out of Triple-A. He got a lot of playing time during the final month of the season, which came after Josh Harrison was called up to the majors full time...

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Top Performers: Gregory Polanco is Adjusting Well to Double-A
Aug19

Top Performers: Gregory Polanco is Adjusting Well to Double-A

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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