The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned third baseman Neil Walker to AAA Indianapolis. Walker, 23, made improvements in camp, showing much more patience at the plate with seven walks but he still needs improvement on the offensive side of his game after batting.231 in spring training. Defensively he is major league ready. The Pirates would have liked to keep Walker with the team for about another week but his major league service clock would have started if he remained on the roster.
The Pirates sent starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny to Triple-A Indianapolis today The move doesn’t come as a surprise considering in four starts and nine innings this spring, Gorzelanny had a 7.0 ERA after allowing eight hits and walking five batters. The Pirates also optioned outfielder Jose Tabata to the Pirates AA affliate, the Altoona Curve. Tabata hit .407
Third baseman Pedro Alvarez, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first-round draft pick last season and the organizations top prospect, was optioned to Class A Lynchburg on Monday as eight players were sent to the minor-league camp. Alvarez who is viewed as a franchise type of the player that the Pirates can finally build around, hit a monster three-run homer in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Alvarez has drawn comparisons from Willie Stargell¬†to Manny Ramirez from former players and baseball experts who were in Bradenton watching the Pirates this spring. The Estimated Arrival for Alvarez is believed to be
Game 3: Pirates vs Braves (1:05 p.m.) * Top prospect Pedro Alvarez will get his first start of the spring today, replacing Eric Hinske in the lineup. Alvarez doubled, RBI in yesterday’s game. Pirates lineup 1. Nate McLouth (CF) 2. Jack Wilson (SS) 3. Freddy Sanchez (2B) 4. Ryan Doumit (C) 5. Adam LaRoche (1B) 6. Pedro Alvarez (DH) 7. Jose Tabata (RF) 8. Ramon Vazquez (3B) 9. Jeff Salazar (LF) Tom Gorzelanny will be the Pirates starting pitcher
Trailing 2-0 with one out in the ninth inning, the Pirates farm system came through Thursday afternoon. Jose Tabata and Neil Walker each walked and top prospect Pedro Alvarez doubled scoring Neil Walker. Alvarez reached for a outside fastball and connected as the ball hit the left/center fence. With the bases loaded Jose Tabata scored on a groundout at first to tie the game at 2-2. Tabata, Walker, and Alvarez all played key roles in the Pirates 3-2 win. The Pirates open the grapefruit league 2-0 Other than Ian Snell, who struggled with his control, the Pirates pitched very well.
Brian Kelly from Bradenton reports the following Infielder Luis Cruiz will miss 7-10 days with a hip injury. Tough break for Cruiz. Team seems high on him and he‚Äôs a sleeper in spring training to make the squad. From what I‚Äôve seen from him, he is a better option than Brian Bixler whose time in the organization is hanging by a thread. Middle infielder Ruben Gotay is seen as a good depth acquisition throughout the organization. The Pirates could still add a few more players in the next 4 weeks as the team has an offer on the table to reliever Will Ohman and remains interested in Pedro Martinez. Eight pitchers threw practice today: Daniel McCutchen, Jeff Karstens, John Grabow, Paul Maholm, Jason Davis, Zach Duke and Denny Bautista. All pitchers threw live batting practice. Daniel McCutchen, a sleeper in camp threw well today. He‚Äôs not a power pitcher butRead More »
The Pittsburgh Pirates have exercised the 2010 club option of manager John Russell. The announcement was made by Neal Huntington, the Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager. Russell will begin his second season as the manger of the Pirates this year after being named to his current position on November 5, 2007. ‚ÄúJR met or exceeded expectations in his first year as the Pirates manager. His club worked hard to play the game properly and battled from the first out until the last,‚Äù said Huntington. ‚ÄúHis leadership, knowledge, attention to detail, ability to see the big picture and passion for things being done the right way made him the ideal choice as our manager a year ago and made the decision to pick up his option for 2010 an easy decision. I look forward to working closely with him for years to come as we build a consistent championshipRead More »