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- Steve Pearce has been getting workouts at third base this year. During the 2010 season, Pearce played five games at third with the Triple-A Indians –the only time he’s played that position since college.
Pearce has been working out at third, right field and first base to become a more utility guy in hopes of making the Pirates roster.
“It definitely is a boost because they see it,” Pearce said. “They see how hard I work. They see I have good hands and footwork. For me, being a guy who’s been in Triple-A in parts of the past four years, this gives me a better chance to stick in the big leagues.”
“It’s been an easy transition because I played (third) in college,” Pearce said. “I’m comfortable over there. I just have to get my reps so it becomes a little bit easier getting reads on hops and stuff like that.”
- Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated and MLB Network reports that the Pirates offered Carl Pavano two years/ $13 million this offseason before he decided to re-sign with the Minnesota Twins.
Charlie Morton will be starting on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays David Price in Port Charlotte in the Grapefruit league opener. Morton will pitch two innings, followed by Brad Lincoln who will also pitch two innings.
This gives the staff a good look at both starters who are in the running for the 5th spot in the rotation.
They will be followed by Chris Resop, Daniel Moskos, Daniel McCutchen and Justin Thomas/Cesar Valdez
- Kevin Correia will start at McKechnie Field on Sunday against James Shields.
- On Monday it is a split squad; Bryan Morris will start for the Pirates against the Rays in Port Charlotte. The Bucs will face the Baltimore Orioles in Bradenton but the starters have not yet been announced.
- Jose Ascanio missed workouts again on Wednesday with tightness in his right elbow. He’s listed as day-to-day.
- Scott Olsen threw on flat ground. He is still sidelined with a left hamstring strain.
- Thursday will be the last workout held at Pirate City. Camp will be relocated to McKechnie Field.
“We still have much work to do,” Hurdle said. “But at this point, we’ve covered what we wanted to cover.” Hurdle said more team fundamentals and specialty defenses will be added to the mix in the next few days. We’ll be ready to roll on Saturday.”
- Pitchers threw a session of live batting practice to the players on Wednesday. They included: Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, Daniel Moskos, Sean Gallagher, Brad Lincoln and Brian Burres.
- Manager Clint Hurdle is very happy with what he’s seen so far from the Pirates four locked starters Kevin Correia, Ross Ohlendorf, James McDonald and Paul Maholm.
“I’m seeing the things that I want to see out of the guys that we already have lined up in the starting rotation,” Hurdle said. “There are a number of other guys who are throwing well through this period. They are all working extremely hard. That’s the thing I’m most optimistic about.”
Baseball America released its list of Top 100 prospects on Wednesday. Three Pirates made the list: Jameson Taillon (No. 11), Tony Sanchez (No. 46) and Stetson Allie (No. 79) .
Lyle Overbay takes part in the annual sliding drill (photo BucsInsider)
Andrew McCutchen was named 2011′s Biggest Breakout star by Sports Illustrated.
“When searching for baseball’s next breakout star, it’s best to begin by looking for someone with a unique blend of speed, power and athleticism, a rare five-tool player.”
Sports Illustrated calls Andrew McCutchen “a dark horse candidate for National League MVP honors.”
In 262 career games played he has a .286 AVG with 29 home runs, 110 RBI and 55 stolen bases.
“I grew up watching Ken Griffey Jr.,” says McCutchen. “He was a guy that I really loved to watch because of all the things that he could do — he was a very exciting player. I believe that I can be, and I believe I am, that exciting player just like he is that can bring a lot to the table.”
Although he has a long way to go to reach Griffey stats, the article points on the similarities: both were first-round picks, and have similar stats in their second year of major league baseball. (McCutchen: 154 games, .286 AVG, 16 home runs, 55 RBI, 33 stolen bases and 94 runs scored. Griffey: 155 games, .300 AVG, 22 home runs, 80 RBI, 16 stolen bases and 91 runs scored)
“I’m just gonna keep preparing to get myself to be an elite player,” says McCutchen. “With me, anything is possible.
It’s Sunday, folks! Which means the free-agent market is officially open. It should be an interesting off-season for the Pirates because there are several things they need to address. Here is a list of the free-agents available.
And according to Sports Illustrated writer Jon Heyman, the Bucs aren’t waiting around. He tweeted this earlier today: SI_JonHeyman: Pirates may still not have a manager (assuming its hurdle or banister eventually) but hearing they’re aggressive going for players early.
“We’re going to have to be intelligent about how we go about it,” Neal Huntington said. “While we definitely want to upgrade, we’ve got to make sure it’s the right move. We want to upgrade and improve in every facet that we can, but we have to be intelligent about how we use our resources both long-term and short-term.”
Pitching is top on the list (both starters and relievers), but it isn’t the only thing they need. Solutions at first-base, right-field and better players off the bench are also important. The organization will have a higher payroll for the 2011 season (Last season the payroll was $35 million).
So what is the number one priority for the new season?
“Everything,” Neal Huntington said. “I hate to say things like that because it seems to be such a negative statement, but the reality is that there is a reason we have lost 100-plus games and it is because we haven’t pitched the way we needed to, we haven’t played defense the way we needed to, we haven’t scored runs the way we needed to.”
Should make for a busy hot stove…
Sports Illustrated reported on Friday around 4:40 pm that former Indians’ Manager, Eric Wedge was hired by the Seattle Mariners as their new skipper.
Wedge was the first to be interviewed by the Pirates’ in search for a new manager. He was believed to be the front runner for the job because of his strong ties with General Manager Neal Huntington.
Jon Heyman from Sports Illustrated said this: @SI_JonHeyman: with wedge apparently going to seattle, pirates job seems wide, wide open. he was seen as the favorite there