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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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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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Day 22: Rays @ Pirates

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Talked to GM Neal Huntington about a variety of topics this morning, and all that information will be rolled out over the next few days. There is one item that Huntington and I discussed that I do want to highlight now and that’s that Joel Hanrahan is unlikely to be ready to start with the team on Opening Day.

This isn’t an earth-shattering revelation or anything since Hanrahan’s Opening Day status has been iffy at best. Now it’s definitely doubtful.

“He’s coming along just fine, so I don’t want to raise any yellow flags there,’ Huntington saud. “We just don’t have enough time to give him enough outings to where he’s going to be able to knock enough rust off or build enough confidence that he’s going to need to go pitch in a high leverage situation on April 5 or 7 or 8. If everything goes really smooth, maybe. But I think the reality is that he needs a little bit more Spring Training. He needs a few more outings.”

Hanrahan threw from 105 feet on Thursday and continues to report feeling just fine. He’s scheduled to throw off the mound at the beginning of next week (he thinks Monday) for the first time since early February.

Other randomness…

  • The Pirates have added a “B” game for Sunday at Pirate City. The game, scheduled for 10 a.m., will be against the Orioles. The Pirates have a regular home game against the Yankees on Sunday as well.
  • Asked Huntington what he thought of Jeff Clement at first base so far. Huntington’s response: “Very positive. He hasn’t looked out of place. He hasn’t looked overmatched. He has made some nice plays. Maybe not always the smoothest and maybe not looking like a Gold Glover, but he’s done everything you could have asked for. He’s worked really hard. That work is paying off. So far, good.”
  • Clement does still have to prove that he can hit, though, and so far the hits haven’t been falling this spring. He’s 1-for-13 heading into Thursday’s game.
  • Tomorrow’s pitching lineup is as follows: Ross Ohlendorf (3 innings/50 pitches), Brian Bass, Chris Jakubauskas, Jeremy Powell, Javier Lopez
  • I thought it’s also worth noting that when I asked Huntington what non-roster relievers have particularly stood out this spring, he noted the following five pitchers: D.J. Carrasco, Jack Taschner, Vinnie Chulk, Jean Machi and Bass.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  2. Jose Tabata (CF)
  3. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  4. Ryan Doumit (DH)
  5. Jeff Clement (1B)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  8. John Raynor (RF)
  9. Hector Gimenez (C)

Pitchers: Kevin Hart, Jeff Karstens, Jack Taschner, Evan Meek, Donnie Veal, Jean Machi, Jeremy Powell

Rays lineup:

  1. Sean Rodriguez (SS)
  2. Carl Crawford (LF)
  3. B.J. Upton (CF)
  4. Pat Burrell (RF)
  5. Dioner Navarro (C)
  6. Dan Johnson (1B)
  7. Kelly Shoppach (DH)
  8. Reid Brignac (2B)
  9. Elliot Johnson (3B)

Pitchers: Wade Davis

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Day 17: Phillies @ Pirates

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After three days on the road, the Pirates are finally ready to open the home portion of their spring schedule. Andrew McCutchen’s mom, Petrina, will kick things off when she performs the national anthem just before first pitch.

Other noteworthy items to bring you on this brisk Saturday morning…

  • Daniel McCutchen got his first appearance on Friday, and now it’s time for Kevin Hart to enter the competition for the fifth rotation spot.He’s slated to throw the first two innings on Saturday and will be followed by D.J. Carrasco (2 innings), Brendan Donnelly, Donnie Veal, Jack Taschner, Steven Jackson and Jean Machi.
  • Players are currently having closed-door morning meetings with manager John Russell and GM Neal Huntington. This is customary every spring to set spring goals and discuss important items of interest.
  • No word yet on when the first round of cuts might be, but with 60 active camp participants, it’s likely to come fairly soon. The first cuts are usually the most obvious — players that know they are starting the season in the Minors but are just here to get a taste of Major League camp.
  • MLB Network will feature the Pirates on Sunday during its “30 clubs in 30 days” segment. The program will air at 5 pm and 10 pm.
  • Figure skaters Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig, who finished 10th in the pairs short program at the Olympics, willk throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday. Both are local residents.
  • Here is the pitching plan for Sunday: Ross Ohlendorf (2 innings), Chris Jakubauskus (45 pitches), Vinnie Chulk (40 pitches), Justin Thomas, Bryan Morris, Virgil Vasquez.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Bobby Crosby (SS)
  3. Jeff Clement (1B)
  4. Ryan Church (RF)
  5. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  6. Jose Tabata (DH)
  7. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  8. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  9. Ramon Vazquez (2B)

Pitchers: Hart, Carrasco, Donnelly, Veal, Taschner, Jackson, Machi

Phillies lineup:

  1. Dewayne Wise (CF)
  2. Greg Dobbs (3B)
  3. Chase Utley (2B)
  4. Ryan Howard (1B)
  5. Raul Ibanez (LF)
  6. Dominic Brown (RF)
  7. John Mayberry, Jr (DH)
  8. Carlos Ruiz (C)
  9. Freddy Galvis (SS)

Pitchers: Joe Blanton, Danys Baez, Mike Zagurski, B.J. Rosenberg, David Herndon

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Day 2: Daily Squeeze

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Octavio Dotel (Small).jpgWith physicals out of the way, players had an earlier start to workouts on Friday. Everyone was on the field by 10 am and off by 12:30 pm. That included position players, who continue to work out in advance of the first full squad gathering.

Sorry, but there won’t be a new video today. But here are your highlights from Pirate City:

  • Right-hander Jean Machi, who has held out of workouts on Thursday for a follow-up to his physical, participated in full on Friday. He also threw his first side session.
  • In addition to Machi, another 15 pitchers took the mound for the first time in Spring Training. That group included: Zach Duke, Daniel McCutchen, Brendan Donnelly, Octavio Dotel, Evan Meek, Vinnie Chulk, Ronald Uviedo, Jeff Sues, Charlie Morton, Brian Burres, Javier Lopez, Jeremy Powell, Wil Ledezma, Brian Bass and Ramon Aguero.
  • Another two pitchers — Jimmy Barthmaier and Neal Cotts — took the mound after the scheduled side sessions ended. Both are rehabbing from elbow surgery. Barthmaier, who is expected back in mid-May, threw 30 pitches. Cotts, who is just seven months removed from his procedure, threw 60.
  • Two other rehabbing pitchers — Craig Hansen and Tyler Yates — each did long toss for about 15 minutes.
  • First baseman Jeff Clement continued to get extra on-field attention from infield coach Carlos Garcia. Garcia really seems to be emphasizing the positioning of the glove when Clement fields ground balls. Clement will be the focus of my spring feature on Saturday, so look for more on him then.
  • Spotted Ryan Church this morning as he arrived at Pirate City for the first time. He met a number of his new teammates but did not participate in on-field activities with other position players.
  • With Church here, only seven position players — Andrew McCutchen, Lastings Milledge, Ronny Cedeno, Delwyn Young, Jonathan Van Every, Gorkys Hernandez and Argenis Diaz — are unaccounted for.
  • After donning his catching gear briefly a few days ago, Neil Walker fielded ground balls at second base on Friday. He’s going to continue to improve his versatility with the hope that it can eventually land him a role on the big-league club.
  • Andy LaRoche might want to consider having his first name stiched onto the back of his jersey for the time being. As LaRoche came off the field, he was hounded by fans yelling: “Adam, can I have your autograph?” “Who?” LaRoche responded, smiling. Some fans caught their mistakes. Others didn’t. Regardless, Andy happily signed his name to everyone for asked.
  • All pitchers spent 40 minutes taking part in fielding drills again. The group that then did not throw off the mound spent time practicing bunts in the cages.
  • One of the pitchers to throw his first side session on Friday was Dotel (pitcured above). When asked about his early impression of the team’s new closer, manager John Russell said: “He was very professional about his side today. He did everything right. That’s the veteran he is.”
  • Saturday’s workouts are expected to again begin around 10 am.

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Day 1: Daily Squeeze

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IMG00137.jpgAs I did last year, I’ll use the “daily squeeze” blog entries as a wrap to each day of Spring Training. Obviously, in case you missed it earlier, the big news of the day was that Joel Hanrahan is out with a right elbow injury and is scheduled to have additional tests on it during the next week to determine the severity of the injury. Also, here is information about Ramon Vazquez (right knee surgery) and other rehabbing Buccos.

As for the rest of your daily news and notes…

  • Pitchers and catchers did not take the field until about 1 pm on Thursday. Everyone underwent physicals in the morning and then congregated for a noon meeting.
  • Non-roster invitee Jean Machi did not participate in practice and missed his first scheduled side session. The club wanted to do some follow-up testing after his physical. No more details were given.
  • A total of 14 pitchers threw their first side session. Those included Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm, Kevin Hart, D.J. Carrasco, Chris Jakubauskas, Jeff Karstens, Steven Jackson, Brad Lincoln, Jack Taschner, Donnie Veal, Virgil Vasquez, Anthony Claggett, Justin Thomas and Bryan Morris.
  • Pitchers all spent about 40 minutes split up onto four fields for defensive practice.
  • Though full squad workouts have not yet begun, over a dozen position players took fielding and batting practice. Those players included: Neil Walker, Brian Friday, Jeff Clement, John Raynor, Bobby Crosby, Doug Bernier, Brian Myrow, Andy LaRoche, Steve Pearce, Garrett Jones, Jose Tabata, Pedro Alvarez, Brandon Jones and Brandon Moss.
  • Clement continues his conversion from catcher to first baseman and spent extra time fielding groundballs at the position. It was probably no coincidence that infield coach Carlos Garcia was paying particularly close attention to Clement and was the one hitting grounders to him during the extra session.
  • The Pirates have named the fields, batting cages and bullpens here at Pirate City. Well, maybe they were named before, but if so, there were not the visible placards that there are now. The batting cages are now called the Ralph Kiner cages. The five fields each are named for a player — Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Paul Waner, Honus Wagner and Pie Trayor. The bullpens are named Bob Friend and Elroy Face bullpens. It’s a nice touch
  • All 42 pitchers and catchers required to report before Thursday arrived without incident.
  • Friday’s workout is scheduled to begin at 10 am. 


8:23 AM: Good morning from a cool, but sunshine-infested Pirate City. Players are trickling in this morning, with the first official pitchers/catchers workout scheduled for later in the day. A number of the players here are going through the process of having physicals done right now. Manager John Russell will hold a meeting at noon. And then the group of players will take the field at around 12:30 pm.

Pitching coach Joe Kerrigan has split his pitchers into two groups. The first will throw side sessions on Thursday, Saturday and Monday. The second will throw on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. If you’re curious, here are those two groups.

Group 1: Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm, Kevin Hart, D.J. Carrasco, Chris Jakubauskas, Jeff Karstens, Steven Jackson, Brad Lincoln, Jack Taschner, Donnie Veal, Virgil Vasquez, Anthony Claggett, Justin Thomas, Bryan Morris, Jean Machi

Group 2: Zach Duke, Charlie Morton, Daniel McCutchen, Brian Burres, Brendan Donnelly, Octavio Dotel, Vinnie Chulk, Evan Meek, Javier Lopez, Jeremy Powell, Wilfredo Ledezma, Brian Bass, Ramon Aguero, Ronald Uviedo, Jeff Sues

Pitchers will start throwing BP to hitters beginning next Wednesday.

Thursday’s workout will also include 40 minutes of defensive work for pitchers, bunting meetings and conditioning. All work should be wrapped up around 3 pm or so.

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Non-roster invitations

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Before I head out of town for my last short vacation before another baseball season consumes the next eight months of life, I wanted to give you an updated list of the non-roster players that the Pirates have invited to Spring Training:

Pitchers (14)

  • Jimmy Barthmaier (RHP)
  • Brian Bass (RHP)
  • Brian Burres (LHP)
  • Vinnie Chulk (RHP)
  • Neal Cotts (LHP)
  • Craig Hansen (RHP)
  • Jeff Karstens (RHP)
  • Wil Ledezma (LHP)
  • Jean Machi (RHP)
  • Jeremy Powell (RHP)
  • Jack Taschner (LHP)
  • Justin Thomas (LHP)
  • Virgil Vasquez (RHP)
  • Tyler Yates (RHP)

Catchers (3)

  • Luke Carlin
  • Erik Kratz
  • Tony Sanchez

Infielders (0)

Outfielders (2)

  • Brian Myrow
  • Jonathan Van Every

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Winter ball update

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Here are the most recent stats from some of the organization’s more notable winter ball participants. It’s also worth noting that the Mexican and Dominican leagues wrapped up their regular season at the end of December:

  • Brian Bixler (Mexico): 35 G, .300 BA, 5 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 13 BB, 42 SO
  • Ronny Cedeno (Venezuela): 40 G, .300 BA, 4 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 20 RBI
  • Argenis Diaz (Venezuela): 47 G, .194 BA, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 9 BB, 26 SO
  • Gorkys Hernandez (Venezuela): 33 G, .245 BA, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI
  • Erik Kratz (Dominican Republic): 16 G, .065 BA, 1 2B, 4 RBI
  • Starling Marte (Dominican Republic): 11 G, .231 BA, 2 SB 
  • Neil Walker (Venezuela): 34 G, .267 BA, 9 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBI
  • Ramon Aguero (Dominican Republic): 15 G, 0-1, 15 IP, 5 ER, 7 BB, 16 K, 2 SV 
  • Wilfredo Ledezma (Venezuela): 11 G, 2-4, 49.2 IP, 27 ER, 20 BB, 44 K
  • Jean Machi (Venezuela): 31 G, 2-0, 36 IP, 5 ER, 6 BB, 27 K, 16 SV
  • R.J. Rodriguez (Puerto Rico): 18 G, 1-0, 22.1 IP, 9 ER, 6 BB, 12 K, 2 SV
  • Ronald Uviedo (Venezuela): 21 G, 3-0, 24 IP, 7 ER, 6 BB, 24 K

Pirates sign Yates, Burres, Cotts

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UPDATE 10:20 pm: Here are your contract details:

  • Yates: $975,000 Major League salary with incentives worth another $325,000
  • Cotts: $900,000 Major League salary with incentives worth another $350,000
  • Burres: $550,000 Major League salary with clause that he can leave and sign with Asian team if not on Opening Day roster

The Pirates have agreed to terms on Minor League deals with right-hander Tyler Yates, left-hander Neal Cotts and left-hander Brian Burres. Each player will be a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, though Yates and Cotts will not be ready to pitch at the start of the season because each underwent Tommy John surgery last July.

The updated list of non-roster invitees to Spring Training now includes these three pitchers plus: RHP Jimmy Barthmaier, RHP Vinnie Chulk, RHP Craig Hansen, RHP Jeff Karstens, LHP Wil Ledezma, RHP Jean Machi, RHP Jeremy Powell, LHP Jack Taschner, LHP Justin Thomas, RHP Virgil Vasquez, C Erik Kratz, C Tony Sanchez, OF Jonathan Van Every.

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