Tag: Kevin Kramer

Breaking Down the Pirates’ 2019 Year-End Payroll

With the season behind us, it’s finally time to look at where the payroll ended up for 2019. I’ve been tracking it since Day 1 of the season, and it’s always fun to analyze changes throughout the year. My favorite part of tracking payroll is to compare the official Competitive Balance Tax numbers released after […]
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Upcoming Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster Decisions

The Pirates have a roster crunch coming up fast. Sure, it’s fair to question whether it matters much or not, given the excess fat permeating much of the roster. At some point, however, the front office deemed every player under contract worth while enough to employ, so it’s reasonable to assume they would at least […]
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Pirates Recall Kevin Kramer

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have recalled infielder Kevin Kramer from Indianapolis. With Jason Martin now out for the season, a spot opened up for Kramer to get some playing time. Kramer was with the Pirates twice earlier this season, but he played just one game and walked in his only plate appearance. He […]
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Minor Moves: Blake Cederlind Promoted to Indianapolis; Kevin Kramer Returns from...

The Indianapolis Indians announced on Thursday afternoon that right-handed pitcher Blake Cederlind has joined their bullpen from Altoona. They also activated infielder Kevin Kramer from the injured list. Cederlind began the season with Bradenton, where he had a 1.17 ERA in 7.2 innings over seven appearances. He was promoted to Altoona on May 4th and […]
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The 21: Bristol’s Fernando Villegas Hits His Way to Player of...

Every Monday during the minor league season, we take a look at the top performers in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, giving scouting reports on the top ten pitchers and top ten hitters from the previous week. The column was originally called Top Performers, then The Twenty. The number 21 obviously has a lot of […]
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Examining Optional Assignments and the Pirates

There are plenty of roster intricacies in the Major League Baseball Rulebook that can be difficult to understand in theory and application: Designated for Assignment, waivers, outright assignment, 25-man roster versus 40-man roster, and service time, just to name a few. These intricacies have consistently interested me, and I always had to rely on sites […]
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Pirates Option Kevin Kramer to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates reinstated right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams, who was placed on the paternity list on Saturday. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, infielder Kevin Kramer was optioned to Indianapolis. This was the second stint for Kramer in the majors this year. After sitting for all five days during his first time […]
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Pirates Recall Kevin Kramer; Option Montana DuRapau

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled infielder Kevin Kramer prior to Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. To make room on the active roster, right-handed pitcher Montana DuRapau was optioned to Indianapolis. After Corey Dickerson went down last night with right groin discomfort, the Pirates didn’t want to go into an important game against the Brewers with […]
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Injury Impact to the Pirates’ Payroll

It’s no secret—injuries have significantly derailed the Pirates’ season. Many weren’t overly hopeful about the team’s chances this year, but many predicted at least a strong chance to finish above .500, as the team was largely the same as last season and it’s a feat they achieved then. While the club knew about and could […]
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Mason Martin is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month for...

The Pirates continue to see strong offense in the minor leagues this year, making the Player of the Month award a close race. This time around, Mason Martin powered his way to the honors, hitting for a .293/.388/.657 line to become the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month for May. Martin not only put up […]
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