McCutchen the most exciting player in the organization since Barry Bonds?


Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is the most exciting player the Pirates have had since Barry Bonds. Through his first 17 games of his MLB career, McCutchen has put on a show, hitting .333, leading all rookies in the month of June for hits (26), runs (12) and RBI’s (13). The most impressive stat McCutchen has put up thus far, is ranking second in the majors with 5 triples. McCutchen has blazing speed on the basepads, and Pirates fans finally have a reason to turn on Pirates games from time to time to get a look at McCutchen. McCutchen’s hot start is even more impressive when comparing his performance to MLB’s top prospect Matt Wieters, who has also appeared in 17 games this season. Inside The Numbers: Wieters vs McCutchen

Pirates Notebook: News and Notes


Tony Sanchez, the Pirates 2009 1st round pick will begin his professional baseball career with the State College Spikes tomorrow, Saturday, June 20. He will remain with State College thru Wednesday, June 24, and will report to the West Virginia Power on Saturday, June 27. *The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with second baseman Brock Holt from Rice University today. Holt was the teams 9th round selection. Holt hit .348 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 59 games as a junior for Rice. *A National League Scout tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports, that “Pittsburgh has two potential All-Stars in Andrew McCutchen and Gorky’s Hernandez.” McCutchen (.333 avg) has had some tough at bats at times and a few miscues in the field but he’s going to be a special player and is already showing signs of that. Scouts believe Hernandez will be a 10 HR – 35 SB playerRead More »

Pirates take 2 of 3 from the Tigers


Pirates move four games behind Brewers for first place Ross Ohlendorf picked up his first win in his last five starts as the Pirates took two of three from the Detroit Tigers to move four games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the National League Central. Ohlendorf had his strongest outing of the season, limiting the Tigers to one run and two hits over 6 innings to end a two game losing streak. Delwyn Young, replacing the slumping Brandon Moss, had three hits and Andrew McCutchen was 2 for 3 as Tigers pitcher Dontrelle Willis gave up a career-high eight walks and six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings and took the loss. Young pushed his batting average to .358 and has earned himself more playing time as the Pirates begin a three game road trip in Minnesota on Tuesday. The Andrew McCutchen era is off to aRead More »

The Andrew McCutchen era begins; Pirates beat Mets 11-6


By John Perrotto Andrew McCutchen said he wasn’t nervous about making his major-league debut and he certainly didn’t seem that way. The 22-year-old walked into the Pirates’ clubhouse two hours before game time Thursday morning wearing a knit cap like looked like the one Tito Jackson used to sport during the Jackson 5’s heyday. McCutchen accepted congratulatory handshakes and hugs after being called up from Class AAA Indianapolis, took batting practice then looked like he had been in the major leagues for 10 years in an 11-6 win over the New York Mets at PNC Park. Batting leadoff and playing center field less than 24 hours after All-Star and Gold Glove winner Nate McLouth had been traded to Atlanta for three minor-leaguers, McCutchen went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, an RBI, a stolen base and a walk. “I was excited about getting the call but kind of surprised that theyRead More »

Pirates stressing speed at the top of their lineup


New York Mets (28-23) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (24-28) The Pirates begin life without All Star center fielder Nate McLouth this afternoon as the Pirates take on the second place New York Mets at PNC Park. The trade of McLouth has caught fans and teammates by surprise and today’s game will be all about the debut of AAA top prospect Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates who have talked about building a team in the model of the Minnesota Twins are stressing

Andrew McCutchen could remain in AAA Indianapolis through Labor Day


By John Perrotto The Tampa Bay Rays called up left-hander David Price from Class AAA Durham last week and the Baltimore Orioles recalled catcher Matt Wieters from Class AAA Norfolk. However, don’t look for the Pirates to follow suit and call up their best prospect at Class AAA Indianapolis, center fielder Andrew McCutchen, anytime soon. The Pirates, for now, are set in the outfield with Nyjer Morgan in left field, Nate McLouth in center and Brandon Moss in right. “It would make no sense to call Andrew up now because there isn’t a vacancy,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “Nyjer and Nate have played really well and Brandon has shown good signs in the last few weeks. It wouldn’t be fair to move one of those guys to bench and it certainly wouldn’t serve Andrew’s development any purpose to call him up and have him be a backup.” Thus,Read More »

The Latest Pirates Buzz


Pirates targeting Niemann, inquire about Hammel The Pirates continue to “kick the tires” on Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann. They are currently waiting for the asking price to drop. The Rays are asking for an infield prospect along with prospect Robbie Grossman. The Pirates have no interest in moving Grossman. The Rays are looking at Pirates prospects from the Double-A level down. The Pirates have had significant interest in Niemann since last summer’s trade deadline when the Rays offered Niemann and a lower tier prospect for Jason Bay. The 6-foot-9 Niemann went 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in five games, two starts last season. Niemann, 26, was the Rays‚Äô first-round pick in the 2004, the fourth overall selection, and he is currently out of options. The Pirates had a scout in attendance for Niemann’s minor league start on Monday. Niemann tossed six scoreless innings. The Pirates have also inquired about RaysRead More »

Wednesday’s Spring Training Report


Brian Kelly Live from Bradenton Reports the following The buzz around Spring training continues to be Nate McLouth who signed a three year – $15.75 contract yesterday. Management has gone into spring training with a open mind regarding Prospect 3B Neil Walker. Walker begins Spring Training #2 on the Major League depth chart behind 3B Andy LaRoche. Laroche is expected to be the Pirates opening day starter at third but the Pirates are not very high on him. They were active in free agency pursuing a veteran third baseman. Good opportunity for Walker to make a strong impression in Spring Training for a potential callup by mid-season. Walker has fared well so far. Another very good day for the Pirates

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 »