PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — When Ivan Nova re-signed with the Pirates in late December, his teammates took notice. “It speaks for the type of guys we have around here,” Gerrit Cole said. “Not just with Ivan, but with David (Freese) and John (Jaso) and Matt Joyce, guys like that coming in. It speaks to the clubhouse atmosphere. It speaks to the (coaches) and the pitching...
Via Bucco Blog
43 minutes ago

Holmes impresses Hurdle in spring debut

Before Monday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had only seen right-hander Clay Holmes on video or throwing to his own teammates in Spring Training.
Via Pirates.com
14 hours ago

Polanco eyeing membership to 30-30 club

Gregory Polanco started working out in November and hitting in December. When he reported to Spring Training, he came with a number in mind: 30.
Via Pirates.com
18 hours ago

Pirates A.M. — Kuhl wants to be a slump-buster

By Rob Biertempfel DUNEDIN, Fla. — Chad Kuhl believes the “sophomore slump” can be a thing, but he’s not fretting about it this season. “I don’t think you can worry about it,” he said. “We’re focused on being the best we can be. We know that a lot of (the team’s success) is going to fall on our shoulders. You prepare for everyone’s best. I’ve faced really...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Prospect Glasnow K's 6 of 7 in 'amazing' outing

General manager Neal Huntington said it best on the first day of Spring Training: When Tyler Glasnow puts it all together, he's a fun pitcher to watch
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

2017 Pittsburgh Pirates projected batting order

With baseball season creeping up on us only a little over a month away, it is certainly time for some baseball talk in regards to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Having already projected their starting rotation going into 2017 last week it is now time to turn our attention to their projected batting order. The offense last year was up and down sometimes looking like an offensive juggernaut...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates A.M. — Keeping tabs on Taillon

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon is scheduled to throw two innings today in his spring debut against the Orioles. Last season, Taillon threw a total of 165 2/3 innings over 28 starts for the Pirates and Triple-A Indianapolis. It was his first game action since 2013, when the right-hander tossed 147 1/3 innings over 26 starts. He missed 2014-15 recovering from...
Via Bucco Blog
2 days ago

Pirates 2B Harrison looking for healthy, productive 2017

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Josh Harrison knew his surgically repaired thumb was finally ready to handle the rigors of a full baseball season when it passed the Mia test. The Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman tore a ligament in his left thumb in July 2015. Surgery fixed the damage, but Harrison's hand often felt weak and stiff last season. This past winter, as he played with Mia, his...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves sign former NFL player

It might not be Deion Sanders, Michael Jordan or Tim Tebow, but the Atlanta Braves made some pretty interesting news on Thursday. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Atlanta has signed former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sanders Commings.Really, this is a thing. Commings, originally selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, played in only two games...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Marte ready to take over in center field for Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Starling Marte, the guy displacing Andrew McCutchen in center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, hasn't played the position regularly since the minor leagues. Since making his big league debut in 2012, Marte has made all but 42 of his 544 starts in left. An NL Gold Glove winner the past two years, Marte is being shifted by manager Clint Hurdle. ...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates infielder Kang attends trial for drunk driving

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court on Wednesday as judges heard arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol. A friend of Kang's also attended the hearing at Seoul Central District Court after being charged for falsely telling...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Googled himself to keep up on trade talk

Andrew McCutchen admits in an essay written for The Players’ Tribune that he took to Googling himself to stay apprised of all the trade talk swirling around him this past offseason.In a piece fittingly entitled, “Dear Pittsburgh,” as it’s a tribute to the only MLB town he’s known and its fans, McCutchen lays out his Pirates career, from his earliest days in the organization...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Hudson gets in some bullpen work with baby in tow

This might be the cutest thing you will see all day.Pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Daniel Hudson, recently had to throw his final bullpen session before heading off to spring training. Still, he was well aware of what his number one job was, and that’s being a father. The 29-year-old and his wife Sara welcomed a baby girl, Baylor Rae, in July of last year. And it looks like...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen has great reaction on move to right field

Andrew McCutchen’s days as the regular center fielder for the Pirates are over.Since making his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 2009, McCutchen has played in 1,190 career games. He has started 1,171 of them in center field. To say the 30-year-old has been a fixture at the position would be an understatement.There had been speculation during the offseason the Pirates would...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung Ho Kang to enter treatment program following DUI arrest

After recommendation, Jung Ho Kang will enter a treatment program following a recent DUI arrest. Kang was arrested in early December for the third time since 2009 in his native South Korea for drunk driving. As a result, his driver’s license has been suspended. The 29-year-old was originally scheduled to participate in this year’s World Baseball Classic. That, however, will...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Glasnow’s Considerable Stride and Crucial Small Steps

A humorous anecdote from the Pirates’ offseason CARE-a-van tour to share with you by way of Stephen Nesbitt from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Recently, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, Tyler Glasnow, heard something pretty funny. He was at a bowling event for Pirates Charities, and one fan piped up with this wisecrack, something about how it would be cool if Glasnow could...
Via Fangraphs
January 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Top 21 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which...
Via Fangraphs
January 11, 2017  |  Discuss
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