Pirates Notebook: The Dominican Debate

Dejan Kovacevic of the PPG wrote last week about top Dominican prospect Miguel Angel Sano, who I like to call Hanley Pujols, and the Pirates currently positioned on the inside track for signing him. The only problem would be the money: a bonus expected to be around $4 M. Is that really a problem though? There is the risk involved. Sano is 16. You could look at that two ways. You could say that it’s hard to project the future of...

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Pirates Notebook: Pictures from the game

I just got home from the Pirates/Nationals game in DC tonight, so the recap will be short, mostly consisting of pictures I took. This was my first visit to the new Nationals park, and I’m impressed. It’s probably the best park I’ve ever been to that doesn’t hold the name “PNC Park”. Here are some pictures I took: These are strange statues. One is of Walter Johnson, and the other is of Josh Gibson. I...

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Pirates Notebook: One big inning

Heading in to the bottom of the seventh inning tonight, it looked like a typical game for the Pirates. A decent start by Zach Duke, with one bad inning, mostly due to poor defense, and no offensive support to help him out. Then the Pirates offense broke out for a big inning. And they continued. And they continued some more. The Pirates sent 11 batters to the plate before seeing the first out. They managed ten runs in the bottom of the...

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Gorzelanny and Tabata cut

The Pirates have cut Tom Gorzelanny and Jose Tabata from the major league portion of camp, sending both to the minors. This leaves 43 players in camp, including three pitchers fighting for the final two rotation spots. Tabata is not a surprise. He has 383 at bats at AA, and none at AAA in his career. All of those AA at-bats came last year. He struggled in 294 at bats with the Yankees, posting a .248/.319/.310 line with a 98 AB/HR...

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Spring Training Battles: Starting Rotation

Last year the downfall of the Pirates was the starting rotation, which led the Pirates to the worst ERA in the NL, and the 28th ranked ERA in the majors. The starting pitchers racked up a 33-67 record, with a 5.36 ERA in their 162 starts. Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny were the two biggest disappointments. I’d say Matt Morris was a big disappointment, but I don’t think anyone was expecting much from him, despite the $10 M...

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