Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Corner Outfield

In Spring Training, the corner outfield position looked to be an easy lock for the Pirates. Alex Presley would break big league camp for the first time in his career and play left, with Jose Tabata playing in right field. Presley was coming off a .298 average during his rookie season in 2011, which earned him the Opening Day job. Tabata missed a lot last season due to injuries, but healthy in spring, Pittsburgh left Bradenton with him...

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Starling Marte and Jeff Locke Rank in International League Top 20

Baseball America released their 2012 International League top 20 list yesterday, with two Pirates prospects making the list. Starling Marte and Jeff Locke both made an appearance, and both were in the top ten. The rankings can be seen here, and scouting reports can be seen here by subscribers. Marte was ranked the second best prospect in the league, falling only behind Matt Harvey of the Mets. Baseball America noted that he could be a...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett and McCutchen Finish With Ovations

A.J. Burnett didn’t have his best stuff in the final game of the 2012 season on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the home crowd from giving him a standing ovation when he walked off the mound in the two-run sixth inning. The frame was highlighted with a pinch-hit single to leadoff the inning from veteran Chipper Jones in his last regular season at-bat before hanging up his cleats after the postseason. Jones would come...

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Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets First Big League Win in Final Start

It took a while –10 big league starts and 67.2 innings to be exact — for Jeff Locke to notch his first Major League win, but the lefty rookie was able to get that notch that in his solid final start of the 2012 season. Locke has come a long way from the left-hander that made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh last September against the now Miami Marlins. Locke tossed 16.2 frames in the big leagues last season. Getting...

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Pirates Notebook: McPherson Makes A Lasting Impression

Kyle McPherson may have only thrown 20.1 innings in the Majors before taking the mound on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but the 24-year-old looked nothing like a rookie against the National League Central best Cincinnati Reds. Looking to make a lasting impression in his final start of the 2012 season, and to put himself into conversation for a spot in the Pirates rotation out of spring training next year, McPherson was impressive in...

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