Sunday’s Spring Training Report: Hinske arrives at Bradenton

 

Outfielder/infielder Eric Hinske, the Pirates top free agent signing this off-season, made his first appearance today in Bradenton. Hinske showed some power today in batting drills and he seems to believe he can have a 25 homerun season in 09. Hinske, 31, hit 20 home runs last season and signed a one year $1.5 million deal last month. Hinske sees Pittsburgh as a opportunity to improve his stats and hit the free agent market next season when hopefully the economy will be better. Hinske’s primary goal in spring training is to be the teams starting left fielder on opening day. If the first two days of workouts are any indication, the Pirates are going to go through a tougher spring training then they went through last season. Manager John Russell doesn‚Äôt have his players doing too much sitting around as they are constantly moving from different stations for particular drills.Read More »

NFL Draft Report: Maybin “bulking up”

 

There’s talk that the Penn State star defensive end Aaron Maybin has bulked up in the past couple weeks and has gained 12-15 pounds as he prepares for the NFL combine. Maybin, 6 foot 4 played at 235lbs this season. Scouts love Maybin’s potential which has led to some talk that he could be a top 10 pick. There has also been some leaks that he’s been running his 40 times in the 4.65 – 4.70 range. Maybin is expected to sign with super agent Drew Rosenhaus. Pitt running back LeSean McCoy remains in Miami training extensively with potential draft picks. Drew Rosenhaus the agent for McCoy continues to tout McCoy as the best running back in the draft. Steelers scouts have been raving about

Spring Training Report

 

Pirates catchers and pitchers have already arrived to Bradenton and a number of position players have arrived early including 2008 1st round draft Pedro Alvarez. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus released his top 100 minor league prospects with Pedro Alvarez coming in as Goldstein‚Äôs #4 prospect. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is rated as the top minor league prospect in the majors. Two other Pirates prospects received some recognition. Centerfielder Andrew McCutchen came in at #25 and outfielder Jose Tabata #91. Alvarez who showed up to minicamp 20 lbs over his normal playing weight (235) is in good shape as the official start of training camp begins on Tuesday. Alvarez has been running the base pads well and his bat speed is impressive for a power hitter.¬†The Pirates seem very excited to see how Alvarez performs in Spring Training games which begin on February 25th. It is very early but theRead More »

Sunday’s Insider Report

 

The Penguins showed absolutely no urgency and no fire in Saturday‚Äôs third period debacle against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Penguins got out to a early 2-0 but the final 40 minutes of the game was owned by the Leafs. When your five points out of the playoffs and playing a team that is basically playing for a lottery pick, there is no excuses for the performance the Penguins had There needs to be some accountability in the organization and Saturday night showed there are very few untouchables on the Penguins roster as the trade deadline is less than four weeks away. Sergei Gonchar returned to the lineup for the first time this season since having shoulder surgery in October. Gonchar had 20:01 of ice time and looked very good. He played better than I thought he would in his first appearance of the season. At his age it isRead More »

Penguins re-assign Luca Caputi

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Luca Caputi to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League Caputi the organization’s top prospect, played in five games with Pittsburgh, including his NHL debut Feb. 3 at Montreal. Caputi notched his first career goal in the NHL 2:30 into the first period of his first NHL game Inside Analysis

The Latest Steelers Free Agent Buzz

 

As expected the representatives for James Harrison and the Pittsburgh Steelers have begun discussions on a long-term extension for the star linebacker There hasn‚Äôt been any leaks yet on the numbers being discussed but it‚Äôs believed Harrison is seeking $20 million in guarantees. An Inside Look at previous deals top Linebackers have signed the past two years. In 2008, New York Jets signed Calvin Pace’s to a six-year, $42 million deal (about $20 million guaranteed). Pace, 27, recorded 80 tackles and 7 sacks in the first year of his 6 year deal. In 2007, the Miami Dolphins signed Joey Porter to a 5-year, $32 million deal ($20 million guaranteed). Porter, 31, recorded 47 tackles and 17.5 sacks in 08. Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby, 27, (119 tackles, 4 sacks) seeking $20 million guaranteed) Harrison, 30, had 101 tackles & 16 sacks in the regular season for the Steelers. Pace, PorterRead More »