First Pitch: Who Can Be Invited to Spring Training?
Jan10

First Pitch: Who Can Be Invited to Spring Training?

Earlier today I was asked a question on Twitter about Spring Training. The first part of the question could have been answered easily on Twitter. The second part required more explaining, and would have made a good article. I decided to go with both questions for tonight’s article as a change of pace. For one, article topics are hard to come by this time of year. Also, I’m going tonight with some friends to try a deep...

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Injury Notes: Jones, Inman, Burnette, Brewer, Mathisen
Jan08

Injury Notes: Jones, Inman, Burnette, Brewer, Mathisen

Providing a few updates on some injuries that occurred last season… **JaCoby Jones went down with a knee injury in July, and missed the rest of the season. He didn’t return from instructs, but I’ve been told that he should be good to go for Spring Training. I’ve also been told that there isn’t any long-term concern with his injury that should restrict where he plays on the field. Jones split time between...

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Andrew Lambo Looking Better at First Base Today
Jan08

Andrew Lambo Looking Better at First Base Today

Last night I wrote that Andrew Lambo was having problems in a drill where the infielders were skipping balls in the dirt, trying to get them past him. The drill was done once again today, and Lambo looked much better. A key difference between the two days was that yesterday players were throwing as hard as they could, and throwing wild intentionally, trying to skip a ball past Lambo. As I mentioned, Travis Ishikawa handled the same...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Catcher
Oct31

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Catcher

It was almost one year ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin to a two-year deal. The move ended up being outstanding, although it wasn’t seen as an earth shattering move at the time. Some pointed to Martin’s .211 batting average the previous year. Some felt that a combination of Tony Sanchez and Michael McKenry could do the same as Martin for cheaper. Some worried about Martin’s numbers declining. I...

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Who Will Be the Next Breakout Player in West Virginia?
Oct23

Who Will Be the Next Breakout Player in West Virginia?

It’s not supposed to work this systematically when it comes to breakout prospects. You aren’t supposed to see one team having the biggest breakout players every single season. Normally it should be spread out and random. One year the big breakout might be in Altoona. The next it might be in Bradenton. But for the last two years, the biggest breakout players in the system have come in West Virginia. In 2012 it was Gregory...

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