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Pirates hold first full-squad workout of 2019 Before the Pirates took to the back fields of Pirate City for their first full-squad workout on Monday morning, manager Clint Hurdle addressed the team. He finished his speech with a call to action. "I said I've said enough," Hurdle told reporters after Monday's workout.
Clint Hurdle's message to Pirates: 'Team-first mentality is real' While Nutting did not address the team, Hurdle sent a message to Pirates players that their focus should be on making practice productive. "We want to be the best team we can be," Hurdle said.
Pittsburgh Pirates News: Team Signs Rookie Davis The Pittsburgh Pirates are getting closer and closer to starting spring training games. However, even with camp started, they have brought in another pit…
Pirates sign right-hander Rookie Davis to minor-league deal - The Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Rookie Davis on Monday to a minor-league contract with a non-roster invitation to spring training. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder Davis was selected in the 14th round of the 2011 MLB draft by the New York Yankees and traded to the Cincinnati Reds in the Aroldis Chapman dealt in December 2015.
Pirates, Rookie Davis Agree To Minor League Deal 1:02pm: The Pirates have reached an agreement to bring right-hander Rookie Davis aboard on a minor league contract, per The Athletic's Emily Waldon. He'll be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training.
Pirates Reach Minor League Deal with RHP Rookie Davis The Athletic's Emily Waldon is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with RHP Rookie Davis on a minor league deal. The 25 year old Davis is a 14th round draft pick of the Yankees out of the 2011 amateur draft.
Josh Bell Can Benefit From More Early Aggression One of the key cogs in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lineup can benefit from more early aggression.
Adam Frazier looking forward to starting at second base for Pirates - Adam Frazier is adjusting to a new concept, at least for him, as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. After playing all three outfield spots and three infield spots as well as serving as a designated hitter over the past two seasons, Frazier entered spring training as the starting second baseman.
Pittsburgh Pirates fans expected to bring nearly $40 million in revenue to Manatee County It's almost time to play ball, as teams like The Pittsburgh Pirates get ready to start spring training in Bradenton. And the thousands of fans coming to watch are sure to do wonders for the local economy.
With struggles behind him, Kevin Newman ready to compete for Pirates' starting shortstop job - Kevin Newman knew there would be a transition to the major leagues and that his status as a former first-round draft pick would only add to the expectations. Newman struggled after being called up season, but believes that experience has prepared him for the starting shortstop competition this spring training at Pirate City.
Who Are The Pittsburgh Pirates Bench Options For 2019? At least to start the season. As I wrote about on Saturday, it would behoove the team to carry three catchers to start the season. There are a few reasons that the team should do this. First off, Jacob Stallings is out of options.
Pitch clock coming for spring training games Every single one of them wants to win. "There are 11 players who had a WAR above 1 last year that are unsigned. I believe that just like last year, that market is going to clear. At some point here in the next few weeks, those players are going to get signed," Manfred said.
Pittsburgh Pirates: A look back at the last 5 Opening Day Starters The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced who their Opening Day starter will be. So what pitchers have been 5 opening day starters over the last few years?
Pirates spring training, Day 8 Spring training rolls on under the Florida sun, and the Pirates continue to go to work with the early stages of workouts and drills. We're officially over a full week into spring training, so we can expect to get a clearer vision of what the 2019 squad will bring to the table as we move forward.
Quick Hits: Owens, Stroman, Wright, Beckham, Rookie Athletics assistant GM/director of player personnel Billy Owens has been rumored as "a strong candidate" to become the next Giants ….
Pirates confident Adam Frazier can be an everyday player - During the final week of each season, Pirates management conducts exit interviews with each of their players. Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle review their seasons, talk about offseason plans and look ahead to the following year. Normally, those interviews do not contain many surprises.
Reason for optimism for each MLB team On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism is infectious.
Melky Cabrera appreciates chance with Pirates This season is already off to a better start than 2018 for Melky Cabrera. At this time a year ago, he was still waiting to sign. He kept waiting until late April before finding a match with the Indians on a Minor League contract. So the veteran outfielder felt like he was arriving early when he reported on time to Pirates camp on Sunday morning.
Chris Archer excited for Pirates' home opener Chris Archer learned last season what it's like to pitch in front of a passionate Pittsburgh crowd. When he made his Pirates debut on Aug. 3 at PNC Park, fans roared for every two-strike pitch and erupted when he got out of jams. "Probably for the first time in my career, I realized home-field advantage is a real thing," Archer said.
Chris Archer excited to feed off energy of Pirates home opener - Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Archer is no stranger to starting Opening Day - he threw four consecutive openers for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2015-18 - but is pumped for a first in his major league career.
New Pirates hitting coach Rick Eckstein quickly building relationships - New Pirates hitting coach Rick Eckstein has spent the first week of spring training building relationships with the players.
Francisco Liriano hopes return to Pirates sparks turnaround - Francisco Liriano had a handful of offers during free agency that were basically the same. Teams wanted him to come to spring training on a minor league contract. Realizing he was not getting a major league deal, he returned to the team where he had his best run during his 13-year career.
'I want to help this team win': Melky Cabrera arrives in Pirates camp “I’m here to connect with this team, be a part of this organization and to get started right away.”. The Indians designated him for assignment, and he elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Class AAA, but re-signed in Cleveland when Chisenhall went on the disabled list.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Top 100 Composite Prospect Rankings The four major sites for prospect analysis have released their top rankings. Using a point system, here is how the Pirates came out. On Wednesday, Fangra…
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