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August 22: Reds (51-70) @ Pirates (50-70); Cedeno out with slight pinky fracture

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Not that it is headline-worthy news or anything, but I’ll throw it out there anyway — with a win on Saturday, the Pirates can (at least a night) climb out of the National League Central basement. The Pirates have held the division’s bottom spot since June 20 when the team was 31-37. That does include sharing last plce with Cincinnati for four days earlier this month.

Now of course, the Pirates would have to win both Saturday and Sunday’s contest to stay out of the basement when the Reds leave town… but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

As bad as it may seem the Pirates have been this month, the Reds have been as dismal offensively. Let’s do some August comparisons since I have the time and hopefully you have the interest:

  • Records: Pirates: 6-12; Reds: 6-13
  • Team batting average: Pirates: .234 (29th in Majors); Reds: .217 (30th)
  • Runs scored: Pirates: 70 (29th); Reds: 66 (30th)
  • Team OBP: Pirates: .302 (29th); Reds: .282 (30th)

As for today’s news, notes and randomness:

  • Shortstop Ronny Cedeno fractured the tip of his pinky finger on Friday night and is out of the lineup on Saturday and likely Sunday as well. The incident happened in the fourth when Cedeno fielded Micah Owings’ grounder up the middle. There is nothing that can be done to speed up the healing process, though Cedeno will be able to play once the swelling goes down. Even though it’s on his right hand, it shouldn’t affect his throwing too much since it’s just the pinky. However, there is concern that it could have a longer negative affect on his swing.
  • In his first 19 starts at shortstop for the Pirates, Cedeno hit .261 wih four homers and 12 RBIs.
  • Luis Cruz earned the start in place of Cedeno on Saturday despite manager John Russell also having Brian Bixler and Ramon Vazquez as options. When asked why he went with Cruz, Russell lauded Cruz’s hard work since being called up on July 10 and his play during a start last Saturday in Chicago.
  • Bixler has yet to make an appearance in a game since being called up from Triple-A a week ago. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for a player that Pirates management continues to insist has the chance to be a part of the organization’s future.
  • As noted on here yesterday, Evan Meek’s season has come to an end with his placement on the 60-day DL on Friday. Russell had this to say about Meek’s year: “He developed in a lot of different areas – maturity, confidence, a guy we started to rely on later in games. I think he progressed very nicely. I think he put himself in a very good position to have a very good opportunity to make our club next year. It was a chance for him to really grow as a pitcher, and I think he accomplished some really good things this year.”
  • Meek finished 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 41 relief apperances.
  • Catcher Ryan Doumit has just four hits in his last 34 at-bats, though he should have had two hits last night. Rather, he finished 0-for-3 after being robbed of an extra-base hit by a leaping grab at the wall and had another hit taken away by a diving catch in right. That’s kind of the story of the week for Doumit, who has looked better at the plate but with nothing to show for it. Russell continues to hit Doumit fifth, behind Andy LaRoche.
  • Triple-A Indianapolis got trounced 15-6 on Friday while calling on not one, but two position players to pitch in the game. Outfielder Larry Broadway allowed two hits and struck out one in 2/3 innings. Infielder/outfielder Chris Barnwell allowed one hit, one run and walked one in his one inning of relief.
  • Director of Player Development Kyle Stark said that he expects Draft picks Zackry Dodson (4th round), Zachary Von Rosenberg (6th round) and Colton Cain (8th round) to see limited game action in the Gulf Coast League before the season ends. The main objective, though, is to get the three high school pitchers focused for the upcoming fall instructional league. Each has been working out in Bradenton, Fla., since signing earlier this month.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  5. Ryan Doumit (C)
  6. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  7. Steve Pearce (1B)
  8. Luis Cruz (SS)
  9. Zach Duke (LHP)

Reds lineup:

  1. Drew Stubbs (CF)
  2. Adam Rosales (3B)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  5. Jonny Gomes (RF)
  6. Wladimir Balentien (LF)
  7. Ryan Hanigan (C)
  8. Paul Janish (SS)
  9. Justin Lehr (RHP)

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Draft Day 2 Wrap

I thought it might be worth mentioning that during last night’s game, MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo got in touch with me to praise what the Pirates did on Day 2 of the three-day Draft. Mayo’s perspective was totally unsolicited and unbiased, even though Jonathan does happen to live in the Pittsburgh area.

Mayo’s point — which spoke exactly to the organization’s goal — was that the Pirates nabbed some talented high school players who other teams passed on only because of signability. These are players like LHP Zachary Von Rosenberg (sixth round; Zachary (La.) HS); LHP Colton Cain (eighth round; Waxahachie (Tx.) HS); C Joseph Schoenfield (10th round; Santiago (Calif.) HS); and RHP Jordan Cooper (17th round; Shelbyville Central (Ky.) HS). All of these players have already committed to play baseball at big-time college programs.

After Day 2 came to an end, GM Neal Huntington said that 21 of the 30 players that the Pirates drafted have asked for signing bonuses of at least $100,000. That would explain why other teams would be scared away. And it speaks exactly to the point that Huntington has made for weeks now — the organization plans to use it’s money to offer those six-figure bonuses and lure players away from college commitments.

Now, though, the key is getting these targeted players signed. If the Pirates can’t do that, then their Draft strategy can’t be labeled as a success, especially considering the Pirates, by almost every accounts, did not get the best player available with their No. 4 overall selection.

“We may have to stretch to sign and we’ll do that when appropriate,” Huntington said. “We’ve given ourselves a large option to sign. If player A doesn’t want to sign, we can go aggressively to player B.

“The resources given us will allow us to aggressively pursue every one of these players. We’ve given ourselves options. We haven’t locked in to one or two players. No team ever signs 50 players or goes in with the anticipation of signing 50 players.

“We have the opportunity to sign a higher number of players or sign fewer if we go for the more expensive guys.”

Here is the lowdown on all of the Day 2 selections

Here is a story, courtesy of the Shelbyville Times, on 17th-rounder Jordan Cooper and his prospect of signing with the Pirates.

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