Pirates Add Six Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they’ve added six non-roster invitees to Spring Training. The new additions are Gerrit Cole, Michael Crotta, Ramon Cabrera, Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, and Robbie Grossman. Of the group, only Crotta and Fryer have major league experience, both spending time in the majors in 2011. I don’t see any of the group making the majors out of Spring Training. Cole will start in Bradenton,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Top Prospects: #7 – Tony Sanchez

The Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide will be released later this week, featuring over 250 prospect reports, the 2012 top 50 prospects, a feature on the top four pitching prospects in the system, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top ten prospects over the next week.  Be sure to purchase your copy...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Catcher

The 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates saw eight catchers play at least one game behind the plate.  That was mostly due to injuries to Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, which limited Doumit to 60 games and Snyder to 33 games this season.  Jason Jaramillo came in to the season as the number three catcher, and started the year in Pittsburgh with Snyder on the disabled list.  However, when Snyder and Doumit both went down mid-season, Jaramillo was also...

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One Year Ago: Morton Deserves Another Shot

One year ago today, Pittsburgh Pirates right handed pitcher Charlie Morton was coming off a disaster of a season.  In 79.2 innings he posted a 7.57 ERA, spanning 17 starts.  Despite the poor numbers, I wrote about how Morton deserved another shot.  I looked at Morton’s 2009 season (good results, minus the one bad start in August), I looked at his 2010 season (poor results up until the final month), I looked at how Joe Kerrigan...

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Tony Sanchez Wasn’t a Total Disappointment in 2011

There has been a lot of talk about how the 2011 season has been a down year for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system.  A big reason for that has been the struggles in the upper levels of some of the top prospects coming in to the 2011 season.  One of those prospects is Tony Sanchez, who came in to the year ranked the number three prospect in the system, but has hit for a .241/.340/.318 line in 402 at-bats at the AA level. Sanchez...

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