Tag: Duke Welker

Pirates Re-Acquire Duke Welker for Kris Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired right-handed pitcher Duke Welker in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson, per a team press release. Welker was sent to the Twins after the season as a player to be named later in the deal that brought Justin Morneau to the Pirates. Johnson joined the Pirates in August as a […]
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Bullpen

If there was any doubt that Neal Huntington can build a bullpen, then the 2013 season should have erased that doubt. Last off-season, Huntington traded Joel Hanrahan in his final year of team control. In return, the Pirates got Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus. Hanrahan made $7 M and went […]
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Pirates Announce Duke Welker as the PTBNL For Justin Morneau

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that Duke Welker is the PTBNL going to the Minnesota Twins in the Justin Morneau trade. This isn’t news, as we knew about this back when the trade was made. Welker couldn’t be traded during the season due to the waiver process, and had to wait until the season was […]
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First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System...

This afternoon I had a radio interview with Daniel Dudley of TribLIVE Radio, which has pretty much been a weekly thing each Thursday afternoon this season. Today Dan asked me a question I was all too prepared for, and not because I knew it was coming. The question actually surprised me, but it’s a topic […]
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Who Else Could Join the Pirates in September?

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled Kris Johnson, Travis Snider, and Kyle Farnsworth this morning on the first day that rosters expanded. The active roster is currently at 28 players, and the Pirates can expand that up to 40, using everyone on the 40-man roster if they wanted to. Clint Hurdle has said the team would only […]
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First Pitch: Morneau For Two Players Who Barely Made It Out...

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Justin Morneau today for Alex Presley and a PTBNL, who is reportedly Duke Welker. For our analysis on the first part of the deal, check out the trade article. I was thinking about the two players involved in the deal, and thinking about how they got to where they were. First, […]
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Prospect Watch: Austin Meadows Homers in First Game With Jamestown

Top Pitcher: Robby Rowland, Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, HR: Austin Meadows
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Duke Welker is Reportedly the PTBNL in the Justin Morneau Trade

Tom Singer reports that MLB.com sources say Duke Welker is the player to be named later in the Justin Morneau trade. The Pirates sent Alex Presley and a PTBNL to acquire Morneau earlier today. After the trade, Neal Huntington said that the PTBNL would be a “legitimate piece”. Welker is certainly a legitimate piece, as […]
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Taking a Look at the Pirates’ Bullpen Depth

Jason Grilli left tonight’s game with right forearm discomfort. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow, at which point we will hopefully learn more about his situation and whether he will miss any time. Forearm discomfort and a pitcher walking off the mound and leaving the game after throwing a pitch usually don’t result in just a […]
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Jeanmar Gomez Activated From the DL; Duke Welker Optioned

The Pirates have activated Jeanmar Gomez from the disabled list and have optioned Duke Welker to Triple-A. We knew Gomez was going to be activated today, as he was scheduled to start against the Mariners and Felix Hernandez. Welker being optioned isn’t a big surprise. He was the last guy added to the bullpen, and […]
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