First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week
Dec09

First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week

I’ve been finishing up the profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide over the last week, getting ready to send the book to the publisher on Friday. In the process, I’ve noticed a bit of a roster crunch in the upper levels when it comes to first base. The Pirates currently have more first base and outfield options than they have positions in Altoona and Indianapolis. A few of the prospects who will play in the upper levels are...

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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Moved to Reserve List
Nov06

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Moved to Reserve List

Three days worth of winter league recaps in this article. Monday was a slow day in winter ball, with one game in the Dominican and one in Venezuela. No Pittsburgh Pirates players were active in the Dominican, but three saw action in Venezuela. A.J. Morris pitched for the first time since October 14th and did not do well in his only inning. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out one batter. Morris got roughed up in two of his...

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Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia
Nov03

Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia

In the Dominican, Willy Garcia went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and he drove in two runs. He played center field and made his first start since last Sunday. Garcia is 11-for-28 with three walks and four strikeouts. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with an outfield assist. He is now hitting .229 through 13 games. In Venezuela, Jose Osuna got his first at-bats since October 23rd. He went 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a walk, plus he...

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Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball This Year
Nov02

Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball This Year

On Friday night, Moises Alou announced that Gregory Polanco will play winter ball this upcoming season, joining Leones del Escogido in early December. Alou is the general manager of the Leones club and also mentioned that a decision hasn’t be made yet on Starling Marte. Polanco was the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the Dominican Winter League last year. Saturday was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates players in...

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Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Goes Four Innings in Second Start
Nov01

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Goes Four Innings in Second Start

Some recaps from the Thursday night west coast games before getting into Friday’s action, which included Stetson Allie returning to the lineup and Stolmy Pimentel going two more innings than his first start. From very late Thursday night in the Mexican League, Carlos Munoz made his winter debut and struck out as a pinch-hitter. He spent the season in the GCL, so this winter league is a huge step up for him. His team had two...

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