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Winter ball update

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Here is another winter ball update for you:

Venezuela Winter League

SS Ronny Cedeno: 19 G, .279 BA, 9 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI
2B Adenson Chourio: 11 G, .000 BA, 2 R
SS Argenis Diaz: 19 G, .186 BA, 6 R, 3 RBI
C Hector Gimenez: 26 G, .247 BA, 12 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBI
OF Lastings Milledge: 20 G, .260 BA, 13 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI
RHP Gabriel Alvarado: 2 G, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
LHP Sean Gallagher: 3-2, 8 G (5 GS), 29 IP, 28 H, 12 ER, 4 HR, 17 BB, 25 K
LHP Corey Hamman: 1-0, 14 G, 1 SV, 10.2 IP, 14 H, 8 ER, 4 HR, 4 BB, 10 K
RHP Jean Machi: 3-0, 15 G, 5 SV, 17 IP, 13 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 15 K
RHP Diego Moreno: 4 G, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Jhonathan Ramos: 2-0, 10 G, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 5 K
LHP Justin Thomas: 1-2, 9 G (4 GS), 19.1 IP, 22 H, 11 ER, 3 HR, 10 BB, 14 K

Dominican Winter League

SS Pedro Ciriaco: 14 G, .204 BA, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 R
C Jason Jaramillo: 16 G, .217 BA, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI
OF Starling Marte: 21 G, .224 BA, 7 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
RHP Michael Dubee: 1-0, 14 G, 17 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 14 K
RHP Charlie Morton: 0-1, 3 GS, 15 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 14 K

Australian Baseball League

OF Quincy Latimore: 12 G, .400 BA, 12 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI
LHP Rinku Singh: 2 G, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K  

Puerto Rican Winter League

SS Benji Gonzalez: 13 G, .160 BA, 6 R, 1 2B  

Mexican Winter League

OF Rogelio Noris: 27 G, .266 BA, 11 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI 

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Minor League Free Agent list

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It doesn’t get nearly the fanfare the big-league free agent market does, but the Minor League free agent market has opened for all as well. Here is a list of players in the Pirates’ system who were granted Minor League free agency because of service time accrued:

  • C: Hector Gimenez. Erik Kratz, James Skelton, Milver Reyes
  • 1B: Bryan Myrow
  • 2B: Rodolfo Cardona, Yung Chi Chen, Jose de los Santos
  • SS: Doug Bernier
  • OF: Kevin Melillo, Mitch Jones, Jonathan Van Every
  • RHP: Tyler Yates, Jeremy Powell, Jean Machi, Derek Hankins, Dustin Molleken
  • LHP: Dana Eveland, Corey Hamman

* Note: OF Brandon Moss and RHP Steven Jackson were also granted Minor League free agency. They are not on this list above because they were able to declare earlier than these others after being removed from the 40-man roster last week.

Here, in a nice organized form, is the full list of players who became Minor League free agents over the weekend. Why might this be of interest to you? Well, remember the Pirates are now free to scour this list and negotiate with anyone in this group. You’ll find some interesting names in here, too.

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McCutchen progressing/other Tuesday notes

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Andrew McCutchen said that he is feeling much better — better than he expected to feel this quickly — after spraining the AC joint in his right shoulder on Sunday. He’s not in the lineup today and is not taking batting practice or throwing. McCutchen is doing some light running on the field now and will catch flyballs during BP.

He’ll continue to be reevaluated each day until cleared to start swinging again. Swinging and throwing will be the last things he can do since those motions rely so heavily on the extension of his shoulder.

Some other stuff to pass along…

  • Ryan Doumit is out of Tuesday’s lineup in order to give him a breather after he was hit in the mask by a foul tip on Monday. He didn’t sustain a concussion, and the Pirates aren’t even labeling him as having concussion-like symptoms. But he wasn’t 100 percent after the game and manager John Russell says he sees no reason to run him out there. Erik Kratz will make his second Major League start. 
  • Infielder Brian Friday (ankle) has rejoined Triple-A Indianapolis after a short Minor League rehab stint with Bradenton.
  • Pittsburgh had two representatives in Monday’s Dominican Summer League All-Star team: LHP Angel Sanchez and C Samuel Gonzalez. Sanchez is 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings pitched. Gonzalez has hit .348 with 15 extra-base hits and 29 RBIs in 38 games.
  • Speaking of All-Star Games, this is old, but I forgot to pass along the link last week. After being a late addition to the Eastern League All-Star team, infielder Chase d’Arnaud hit a grand slam in the game and earned MVP honors. Altoona catcher Hector Gimenez won the Eastern League Home Run Derby as well. The full story on d’Arnaud’s big game can be found here.
  • Infielder Shelby Ford has been placed on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. Ford was hitting. 242 in 55 games with Double-A Altoona at the time of the injury.

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Bucs cut eight, including Hart

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Kevin Hart was among eight players cut by the Pirates on Tuesday morning. Hart was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, which would seem to take him out of the running for the fifth spot in the rotation. Though nothing has been announced as of now, it’s expected that this means Daniel McCutchen will be the Pirates’ fifth starter to begin the season.

Chris Jakubauskas and Neil Walker were also optioned to Triple-A this morning. Brian Myrow, Brian Burres, Wil Ledezma, Jean Machi and Hector Gimenez reassigned to Minor League camp.

There are now 37 players in Major League camp.

UPDATED at 9:12 am:

Here are some quotes from GM Neal Huntington:

On Hart being optioned: “There’s going to be a lot made that he lost the fifth starter job. We’ve got one start between now and April 24 when our fifth starter will be used. Kevin Hart has some work to do. We’re excited about the potential. We love the stuff. He didn’t pitch well this Spring Training, and as of now, Daniel McCutchen outpitched him and will be our starter for April 11. Daniel has a chance to put a stranglehold on the job with what he does between now and April 11, what he does on April 11, and we he does after. It means that Kevin Hart has some work to do. We’re excited about his upside. We felt it was best to take him out of camp right now to be able to solidify some things mechanically and be able to get him to trust his stuff and make it play at the Major League level at some point for us.

“It’s not all mental. It’s the passion and the desire to do well that sometimes inhibits the mechanics. We’re making a lot out of a pitcher struggling this spring. In Kevin’s situation, it’s a matter of getting the emotions and the adrenaline out of the way.”

On what McCutchen showed this spring: “We talked about it coming in that we had a competition with those two. Daniel stepped forward. He’s shown an average to solid Major League fastball. The slider is a good improvement for him this year. He’s got an above-average Major League changeup with quality command. That’s a good Major League pitcher. Daniel has earned this opportunity and what he does with it decides where we go from here.”

On plan for Walker in Triple-A: “Neil’s going to be one of those players who has the opportunity to become an everyday big-leaguer by being a role player initially. He’s going to get time at third, time in the outfield, time at first and, as we get comfortable, some time at second base. He’s had a great approach this spring. He just wants to help the Pittsburgh Pirates win. He’s maturing with the bat. He’s not giving away the at-bats we’ve seen in the past, and his work has been outstanding. He’s bounced around the field, taken balls off the bat with two different groups, then hit with the third group. It’s a lot of work, and Neil’s really stepped up this spring.”

On plan for Jakubauskas in Triple-A: “He may need to come up and make some starts for us. He needs to go down there and build some arm strength. We didn’t see the same arm strength this spring as what we saw with Seattle. There’s a difference there. It’s a couple miles an hour, but it’s made a difference for Chris.”


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Pirates 15, Twins 5

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Figures that I would go on a radio station early Sunday morning and talk about how these early Spring Training games often favor pitchers over hitters because they are further along in spring work. And then the Pirates follow that up by slugging 15 hits and 15 runs by the end of the day. Oh well…

As for your offensive highlights…

  • Multi-hit games: Ryan Doumit, Pedro Alvarez, Bobby Crosby, Hector Gimenez and John Raynor
  • Multi-RBI games: Garrett Jones (two-run blast), Delwyn Young (bases-loaded double), Crosby (three-run homer), Raynor (RBI double and triple)

“We’re starting to swing the bat better,” manager John Russell said. “We’re looking to put together quality at-bats. Guys are starting to get a better feel for it. It’s good to see.”


Jones got a ball out of McKechnie Field about as quickly as you can with his line-drive shot just over the right-field wall. Barely had time to watch the ball take flight. The homer was actually Jones’ first hit at all this spring, as he came to bat in the fourth, 0-for-7.

Said Jones: “I’ve been getting a little long with my swing trying to find my timing. I just tried to get short, and with that swing I felt nice and short and back to where I was feeling last year. I am feeling a little bit better every day.”


Ross Ohlendorf made the start and served up a long two-run blast to Minnesota’s Justin Morneau. That came after Ohlendorf had started the first inning with six of his first seven pitches outside the zone. Russell commented afterward that Ohlendorf’s shaky start was largely due to the right-hander not being able to keep his feet under him on a slippery mound. Ohlendorf never mentioned that, instead pointing the finger to pitch selection.

Ohlendorf has made it known that he is going to throw more changeups than usual this year to try and keep improving the pitch. He threw two in his first four pitches, which cost him the ability to establish fastball command early like he would in a normal game.

“Just from the get-go, my control just wasn’t very good,” Ohlendorf said. “But I was happy that I did make some adjustments in the second inning and I feel like I threw better.”

Ohlendorf allowed just one hit in the second. We don’t get official pitch counts here, but by Ohlendorf’s count, he threw 33 in his first two-inning outing of the spring.

“He’s throwing the ball well,” Russell said. “The breaking ball is really good. The second inning he had good life on his fastball. We’re not worried at all.”

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Bucs add more non-roster invitees

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Infielder Brian Friday, catcher Hector Gimenez and infielder Doug Bernier have been added to the list of now 25 non-roster players invited to Pirates Spring Training.

Friday, the team’s third-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, hit .265 with 32 extra-base hits and 46 RBIs in 110 games at Double-A Altoona last year. Friday is not in contention to earn a spot on the Pirates’ Opening Day roster, but participating in his first big-league camp will give him a taste of what that competition might be like as he gets closer to the Majors. 

Gimenez split the 2009 season between Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, where he combined to hit .276 with eight homers and 38 RBIs. Though Gimenez is primarily a catcher, he did play some third base, left field and first base last year. 

Bernier, who signed a Minor League contract with the club, spent last season with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in what was his third straight season at that Minor League level. Bernier was limited to 79 games and hit just .181. He made a brief two-game Major League appearance with the Rockies in 2008.

Just wrapped up the media luncheon at the Convention Center and will have much more popping up on the main site later tonight and this weekend from the event. Plans for Bill Mazeroski’s statue were formally announced this afternoon. Also, I conducted a number of player interviews over the past hour, so you’ll see all sorts of stories coming from those leading up to Spring Training.

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