Catchers Preview: Doumit looking for a rebound season in 2010


By John Perrotto The man behind the mask, in so many ways, is going to be the key to the Pirates’ 2010 season. Switch-hitter catcher Ryan Doumit will again hit cleanup in what is one of the weakest batting orders in the major leagues. While Doumit is far from the ideal No. 4 hitter, manager John Russell feels he is the closest thing to a proven run producer the Pirates have in a young lineup. Furthermore, Doumit is undoubtedly Russell’s favorite player. Doumit’s 2009 season was basically ruined as he suffered a broken right wrist in April that kept him on the disabled list until July. He was dismal at the plate until hitting .329 in September and October to pull his final batting average up to .250 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 280 at-bats. Doumit has told reporters this spring that he is ready to takeRead More »

Winter Meetings Recap: Doumit unlikely to be dealt this off-season


By John Perrotto INDIANAPOLIS _ The Pirates’ contingent left the winter meetings Thursday morning without making any major deals and that was not a surprise. The Pirates didn’t have any big moves cooking when they arrived Sunday in the city that truly put the winter back in winter meetings this week with some sub-arctic wind chills. The only Pirates’ player who seemed to draw much trade interest was catcher Ryan Doumit but all indications from sources both inside and outside the organization are that the switch-hitter will not be traded this winter. Doumit’s value is low after he missed 73 games in the first half of last season with a broken wrist and wound up hitting .250 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 75 games. General manager Neal Huntington’s modus operandi has been to sell high on players and, thus, will more likely will wait to until nextRead More »

Doumit: I understand


Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit got benched because he pouted and whined about being a good player on a bad team, a team that’s rebuilding for a day by which time he’ll be long gone. I know – you’ve got to be a pro. I know – he’s making $2.35 million. I know – you can’t tank plays under any circumstances. I know – he’s having a crap year, so who’s he to complain? But really…do you blame Doumit? I don’t. We all want to win. More accurately, we all want a chance to win. Can you blame a guy who vents because he’s been in the majors since 2005, has NEVER had a legitimate chance to compete, and every time his team seems on the verge of having a decent roster, all the good players get scattered to the winds EXCEPT HIM? He’s like one of those POWs Rambo foundRead More »

Doumit’s future with the Pirates in doubt


When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Ryan Doumit to a three year extension this past winter, Doumit was regarded as a building block for the future. Fast forward 6 months and that is no longer the case. Doumit, 28, had a breakout season in 2008, batting .318 with 15 home runs and 69 RBI’s but injuries have plagued Doumit for his entire career. He has only appeared in over 100 games (2008) once in his career and will not hit that mark this season. Despite Doumit’s inability to stay healthy, injury concerns are not the only reason why Doumit won’t finish his current contract in a Pirates uniform. It’s the recent personnel moves the team has made that make Doumit a prime candidiate to be traded within the next year. In the 2009 MLB draft, the Pirates drafted catcher Tony Sanchez with the 4th overall pick. Sanchez doesn’t project toRead More »

MLB Draft: Doubts about Doumit’s long-term health has Sanchez rising the Pirates draft charts


Latest Draft Buzz: Crow remains Pirates top target on eve of Draft On the eve of the MLB draft, speculation continues that top hitting prospect Dustin Ackley is seeking more than Pedro Alvarez ($6.35 million) and his asking demands may lead to the Seattle Mariners passing on Ackley. Ackley is a nice prospect but he is not Pedro Alvarez, which is why it is very unlikely that any team will go above $6.35 million to sign him. This is typical posturing from Scott Boras but Boras does not tell teams directly before the draft what his asking price for a particular prospect is. If Seattle decides to pass on Ackley because of his demands, it’s believed they will draft pitcher Aaron Crow who is Pittsburgh’s top target. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik met with Crow over the weekend. Crow has a fastball that reaches 96 mph along with a hard sliderRead More »

Huntington gambled not acquiring a veteran catcher in the off-season


By John Perrotto  Pirates general manager Neal Huntington took a rather sizeable gamble in the offseason when he decided against acquiring a proven backup catcher. Ryan Doumit, the Pirates’ starter behind the plate, has been injury prone since he was their second-round draft pick 10 years ago. He has played in as many as 100 games just three times in his professional career and was limited to 116 games last season when he emerged as one of the top catchers in the National League by hitting .318 with 15 home runs.

Snell, Monroe lead Pirates to 10-0 win


Pirates improve to 6-5 on the season Ian Snell (1-2) pitched seven scoreless innings and Craig Monroe hit two three run homers in consecutive innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates (6-5) beat the Atlanta Braves (5-6) 10-0 Saturday afternoon at PNC Park Monroe getting a rare start in right field, had the first six RBI game by a Pirates player since Jose Castillo in 2006 but the big story of the afternoon was the performance of starting pitcher Ian Snell.

McLouth, Doumit power Pirates to 10-2 win


Nate McLouth went 2-for-3 with a homerun, 3 rbi‚Äôs and Ryan Doumit hit a 9th inning grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates (3-2) thumbed the Cincinnati Reds (1-3) 10-2 Saturday afternoon. McLouth‚Äôs 1st inning 2 run home run gave starting pitcher Paul Maholm a early 2-0 lead and Maholm took over from there. Maholm pitched 7 innings, allowing three hits and one earned run. Maholm (1-0) threw 101 pitches, 65 for strikes, including three strike outs. Maholm has a 1.32 era in two starts this season. Nyjer Morgan continues his strong play through the first week of season. Morgan went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI, 1 BB and has established himself as the Pirates leadoff hitter. Ryan Doumit‚Äôs grand slam in the 9th inning was his first career grand slam. Doumit went 3-for-5 on the afternoon as Morgan, McLouth and Doumit combined for 8 of the Pirates 12Read More »

MLB: Doumit set to sign three year extension


The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement on a three-year deal with catcher Ryan Doumit that will take him through his salary arbitration years. Doumit, 27, hit .318 with 15 home runs and 69 RBIs in 116 games for the Pirates last season.