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Double-A Altoona roster set

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The Pirates’ Double-A Altoona affiliate has announced its anticipated Opening Day roster. Highlighting the group of players beginning the year in Altoona is catcher Tony Sanchez, outfielder Starling Marte and a starting rotation that will should include Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Aaron Pribanic, Aaron Thompson and Brian Leach.

The full roster is below:

Pitchers: Tim Alderson, Tom Boleska, Anthony Claggett, Mike Colla, Michael Dubee, Jared Hughes, Noah Krol, Brian Leach, Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Aaron Pribanic, Aaron Thompson

Catchers: Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, Kris Watts

Infielders: Miles Durham, Jeremy Farrell, Shelby Ford, Brock Holt, Jordy Mercer

 Outfielders: Brad Chalk, Jose Hernandez, Quincy Latimore, Starling Marte

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All month, is slowly rolling out its Top 10 prospects list for each club. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh’s list was revealed. The full story is here for you to read more about each prospect. If you’re just looking for the list, it is as follows:

  1. RHP Jameson Taillon
  2. RHP Stetson Allie
  3. C Tony Sanchez
  4. LHP Rudy Owens
  5. RHP Bryan Morris
  6. RHP Luis Heredia
  7. LHP Jeff Locke
  8. OF Starling Marte
  9. RHP Zack Von Rosenberg
  10. LHP Colton Cain

You agree or disagree with any of the placements? Feel free to discuss…

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Day 20: Pirates @ Phillies; first round of cuts

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The Pirates had their first cuts on Saturday morning, though none of the moves were all that surprising. Tony Sanchez, Eric Fryer, Donnie Veal and Cesar Valdez have all been reassigned to Minor League camp. None were expected to start the season in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates have not designated where each of the four will begin the season, though Sanchez is expected to be Double-A Altoona’s starting catcher.

“He used his eyes very well. He used his ears very well while he was here,” manager Clint Hurdle said of Sanchez’s time in big league camp. “That was as important as anything for me. He’s got an infectious smile. There is nothing  you can’t like about the kid.”

Veal will continue to work through his rehab program, and I imagine he will stay in Bradenton to keep throwing in extended Spring Training. Valdez is likely headed to Triple-A Indianapolis.

As for your other morning news bits…

  • As promised Hurdle is shuffling around the lineup. He’s got Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata batting one-two on Saturday, just as the pair did for most of the second half of 2010. Pedro Alvarez is slotted into the third spot, while Neil Walker is batting fifth.
  • Ronny Cedeno remains out with a bruised right middle finger. He didn’t swing a bat yesterday, but Cedeno did field groundballs without any issue, he said.
  • The following Pirates pitchers are scheduled to throw in Sunday’s game: James McDonald, Joel Hanrahan, Chris Resop, Aaron Thompson, Daniel McCutchen, Justin Wilson, Jeff Locke, Justin Thomas
  • If you opt not to tune in to the webcast of today’s game, go root on my Mizzou Tigers at noon. The Tigers have kU at home today in the big rivalry game, which is going to be televised on CBS. Mizzou hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations this season, but a victory over the Jayhawks can erase some of the sting of a less-than-stellar year.


PIRATES: A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), P. Alvarez (3B), L. Overbay (1B), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (DH), R. Doumit (C), J. Bowker (RF), C. d’Arnaud (SS)

Pitchers: P. Maholm, J. Karstens, T. Watson, S. Gallagher, C. Leroux, R. Owens

PHILLIES: J. Rollins (SS), S. Victorino (CF), R. Ibanez (LF), R. Howard (1B), P. Polanco (3B), B. Francisco (DH), D. Brown (RF), D. Young (2B), B. Schneider (C)

Pitchers: R. Halladay, J.C. Ramirez, B. Lidge, J. Contreras, R. Madson

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Phillies 7, Pirates 4

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On the main site tonight, you can find a look at Josh Rodriguez, the Pirates’ Rule 5 pick who is trying to make the club as a backup middle infielder. To this point, Rodriguez has looked like he is trying a bit too hard to make an impression. We’ll see if he can get his nerves in check and just allow himself to relax and play as camp continues on.

I’m not really sure who among Rodriguez, Corey Wimberly or Pedro Ciriaco would be considered the favorite for that bench spot yet. Ciriaco is the best defensively of the three, but there are concerns about his bat. Wimberly and Rodriguez have to show that they are strong enough to play short at the Major League level. Wimberly has intriguing speed. Rodriguez probably has the best long-term potential with the bat.

Could be an interesting race over the next three weeks.

Also on the main site, you’ll find notes about Paul Maholm wanting the Opening Day start, Kevin Correia commenting about his outing Friday, Ronny Cedeno being scratched with a finger injury, and Minor League pitcher Michael Dubee talking about the chance to pitch in front of his dad — Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee.

Also, don’t hesitate to send over some fresh Inbox questions over the weekend. If I can get enough good ones, I’ll put out an Inbox sometime next week. Remember to include your first name, last initial and hometown when you send your email to

As for your leftovers…


Manager Clint Hurdle’s call for aggressive baserunning have been answered. Today, Neil Walker was thrown out trying to go first-to-third on a hard hit single to right. Phillies outfielder Wilson Valdez made a perfect throw to get Walker by a few steps. The attempt to take the extra base stalled a rally in the inning, but it’s what Hurdle wants to see at this point in spring.

Matt Diaz stole his first base of the spring after getting a single in the second. The Pirates now have 11 steals, a Grapefruit League high. The club has had three runners thrown out attempting to swipe a base.


Tony Sanchez, the Pirates’ top position player prospect and a first-round pick, finally got to see some Grapefruit League action. Sanchez had been solely watching from the bench since playing against the college kids, but Hurdle got him in to DH for the final few innings on Friday.

Despite not having played, Sanchez put together two pretty impressive at-bats. He fell into an 0-2 count his first time up, stayed alive and eventually ripped a ball down the left-field line for a double.

He fell into an 0-2 hole in his second at-bat, too, before taking three pitches to work the count full. Though Sanchez eventually was called out on strikes, his ability to work his way back into both at-bats was encouraging.

“Tony is going to be a good player,” Hurdle said afterward. “He is going to be a good hitter. He likes making things happen when he’s on offense. He is fun to watch.”


Fernando Nieve is not doing himself any favors in trying to earn a spot in the bullpen. He had another terrible outing on Friday. Nieve gave up five hits, four runs and walked one in 1 1/3 innings. This comes after he allowed three earned runs on five hits in one inning on February 28.

The Pirates signed Nieve to a Minor League deal over the winter. Much can still change, but at this point, plenty of other relief candidates have performed much better early.

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Arizona Fall League wrap

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These are your final Arizona Fall League stats:

  • 3B Josh Harrison: 22 G, .330 BA, 19 R, 10 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 6 SB
  • OF Andrew Lambo: 28 G, .274 BA, 19 R, 8 2B, 4 HR, 23 RBI
  • SS Jordy Mercer: 20 G, .267 BA, 10 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI
  • C Tony Sanchez: 18 G, .206 BA, 11 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI
  • RHP Brian Leach: 10 G, 0-1, 10 IP, 11 H, 0 ER, 7 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Aaron Pribanic: 11 G, 18 IP, 18 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 9 K
  • LHP Justin Wilson: 6 GS, 0-1, 16.1 IP, 19 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 16 K

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Arizona Fall League update

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Here are your updated Arizona Fall League statistics (Note: The AFL season ends on Thursday):

  • RHP Brian Leach: 10 G, 10 IP, 11 H, 0 ER, 7 BB, 7 K
  • RHP Aaron Pribanic: 0-1, 10 G, 17 IP, 17 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 9 K
  • LHP Justin Wilson: 0-1, 6 G, 16.1 IP, 19 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 16 K
  • C Tony Sanchez: 17 G, .215 BA, 11 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI
  • 3B Josh Harrison: 20 G, .329 BA, 19 R, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 SB
  • SS Jordy Mercer: 20 G, .267 BA, 10 R, 4 2B, 13 RBI, 1 SB
  • OF Andrew Lambo: 26 G, .293 BA, 19 R, 8 2B, 4 HR, 23 RBI

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Arizona Fall League update

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Here are your updated Arizona Fall League statistics:

  • RHP Brian Leach: 8 G, 8 IP, 10 H, 0 ER, 6 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Aaron Pribanic: 7 G, 12.1 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
  • LHP Justin Wilson: 4 G, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
  • C Tony Sanchez: 13 G, .204 BA, 9 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI,
  • 3B Josh Harrison: 15 G, .354 BA, 15 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB
  • SS Jordy Mercer: 14 G, .259 BA, 5 R, 4 2B, 11 RBI, 1 SB
  • OF Andrew Lambo: 21 G, .305 BA, 17 R, 7 2B, 3 HR, 18 RBI

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Arizona Fall League update

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The Arizona Fall League will have its annual Rising Stars Game on Saturday (9 p.m. ET) and catcher Tony Sanchez has been named a participant. Sanchez, the Pirates’ first-round pick in 2009, will be the only Pirates representative.

If you’re interested in seeing Sanchez, the game will be televised on MLB Network and on (for those who have MLB.TV subscription).

Here is a complete statistical update on all of the Pirates’ prospects participating in the AFL:

  • RHP Brian Leach: 6 IP, 10 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Aaron Pribanic: 8.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • LHP Justin Wilson: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • C Tony Sanchez: 9 G, .265 BA, 6 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • 3B Josh Harrison: 12 G, .333 BA, 12 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI
  • SS Jordy Mercer: 11 G, .273 BA, 4 R, 3 2B, 9 RBI
  • OF Andrew Lambo: 16 G, .308 BA, 15 R, 5 2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI

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Bucs finalize AFL roster

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The Pirates have finalized their Arizona Fall League roster and will be sending pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brian Leach and Justin Wilson to play for the Mesa Solar Sox next month.

The organization’s participating position players – catcher Tony Sanchez, infielders Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer, and outfielder Andrew Lambo – had already been previously announced.

Pirates director of player development Kyle Stark said that only one of the three pitchers (likely Wilson) will be a starter for the Solar Sox, though there is no need to read anything into that decision. The organization has targeted innings counts that they don’t want their pitchers to exceed, and there are only so many starting spots available.

Wilson is coming off a strong end to his season, as he recently helped Double-A Altoona capture the Eastern League Championship title. Wilson, the Pirates’ fifth-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, pitched 13 scoreless innings in the playoffs.

The left-hander went 11-8 with a 3.09 ERA in 27 regular season appearances (26 starts). He struck out 134 but walked 71 in 142 2/3 innings.

Pribanic and Leach both spent the year pitching in Class A Bradenton’s rotation. Pribanic, who was acquired from the Mariners in the Jack Wilson trade last year, finished 7-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 27 starts. A 25th-round pick in 2008, Leach posted a 3.85 ERA and 9-9 record in 27 games (25 starts).

AFL action begins on October 12.

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Arizona Fall League rosters announced

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Tony Sanchez, the organization’s first-round Draft pick in 2009, headlines a group of Pirates prospects participating in the Arizona Fall League, which begins in October.

Sanchez, infielder Josh Harrison, infielder Jordy Mercer and outfielder Andrew Lambo have all been named to the Mesa Solar Sox roster. The Pirates will also send three pitchers, though those pitching spots have not yet been finalized.

Sidelined since late June with a jaw injury, Sanchez will use the AFL as a way to make up for the number of missed at-bats. Sanchez is almost fully recovered from jaw surgery, though director of player development Kyle Stark said on Tuesday that it is “doubtful” Sanchez will play again with high-A Bradenton this season.

“It’s going to be another wonderful opportunity,” Sanchez said. “I try to compare it to the Cape [Cod League]. It’s more competitive out there now, but I’m feeling the same way as when I found out I was going to play in the Cape. You’re looking forward to playing against the best guys in the country.”

Sanchez will participate in the organization’s instructional league before joining the Solar Sox.

Mercer, a third-round Draft pick in 2008, is finishing his first full season at Double-A, where he has hit .275 with 34 extra-base hits and 62 RBIs in 120 games.

Harrison ranks third on Altoona’s roster with a .302 season average. Acquired from the Cubs as part of the John Grabow/Tom Gorzelanny trade last July, Harrison has driven in 73 and connected for 39 extra-base knocks.

Lambo is new to the organization, having been obtained just a month ago from the Dodgers in exchange for closer Octavio Dotel. The 22-year-old outfielder has hit .310 since joining Altoona and is now batting .282 overall this season.