2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: The Outfield

Yesterday I previewed the 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, looking at players who could open the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA affiliate, and looking at players who could make the jump from the lower levels later in the season.  Today we’ll look at the outfield, again looking at all of the possibile players who could play in Indianapolis this season. Players With Major League Experience There are three players...

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The Process of Calling Up A Player From Minor League Camp

On Sunday, Kevin Correia made his first Spring Training start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, going up against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Correia reached his pitch count limit with one out in the second inning, and was pulled for Ryan Beckman. Most Pirates fans hadn’t heard of Beckman prior to this outing.  The 6′ 4″, 185 pound right hander was drafted by the Pirates in the 18th round of the 2009 draft.  In 2010 he pitched in...

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Ryan Beckman On Today’s Game

During today’s Pirates spring opener versus the Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Kevin Correia wasn’t able to complete his schedule two innings due to reaching his pitch count. Prior to the game, Joe Beimel, who was scheduled to make his spring debut, felt some soreness in his left elbow so he was scratched and he is currently listed as day-to-day. Those two incidents led to Ryan Beckman coming out of the bullpen in the...

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Pirates vs Hated Manatees Preview

Today at McKechnie Field, the Pirates take the field for the first time this year but this is of course no ordinary Spring Training game. Every year around this time Pirates fans take off one day from the arguments over ownership, spending, 5th starter questions, etc, and they join forces to unite against the one team we all agree to hate, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Hated Manatees. This will be the 12th meeting...

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25-Man Roster Notes: Veras, Beimel, Olsen, Ascanio, Hart

A few notes on the 25-man roster… -We heard on Wednesday that Joe Beimel will make the roster, which is a move that was expected.  Rob Biertempfel has an update on another bullpen move, noting that manager Clint Hurdle has said Jose Veras will also make the team.  The Pirates signed Veras to a minor league deal, with a $1 M salary in the majors.  Veras is coming off a 2010 season where he put up a 3.75 ERA in 48 innings, with a...

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