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Statcast helps show Cervelli's great frame work

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:20:32 EDT

Pirates pitchers call it a "vacuum." They throw a pitch down in the zone, maybe even just under the zone, and Francisco Cervelli's gloved left hand sucks it up.

Bucs avoid arbitration with 5 eligible players

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:47:22 EDT

The Bucs announced one-year deals with five of their arbitration-eligible players: Gerrit Cole, Jordy Mercer, Juan Nicasio, Drew Hutchison and Jared Hughes. Tony Watson is without a 2017 salary.

Young pitchers happy to keep 'mentor' Nova

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:53:59 EDT

The Pirates brought back Ivan Nova last month, signing him to a three-year, $26 million deal. The reunion bolstered Pittsburgh's young pitching staff, providing a mid-rotation starter capable of carrying innings with quality starts. But Nova also brings a degree of experience and leadership his fellow pitchers came to greatly appreciate down the stretch last season.

Lindblom follows faith, family from Korea to Pirates

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:56:38 EDT

Josh Lindblom doesn't believe in coincidence. After the last six months and the past few years, how could he? Coincidence did not lead him here.

Bell shapes up as Bucs' first baseman for '17

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:55:17 EDT

All week, Josh Bell has made his best sales pitch. His teammates file in to the Pirate City clubhouse, eat, shower, dress and leave after a morning of minicamp workouts. Bell follows the same routine, but he's added another wrinkle to his offseason work.

Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:57:19 EDT

Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.

Taillon mindful of avoiding sophomore slump

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:53:37 EDT

When Jameson Taillon walked into manager Clint Hurdle's office for his exit interview last season, he heard the warning: The sophomore slump is real.

Webb excited for fresh start with Pirates

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:04:18 EDT

Tyler Webb didn't make any plans for the Rule 5 Draft last month. More than anything, he was surprised the annual event took place so early -- beginning at 9 a.m. ET on the final day of the Winter Meetings. He followed the proceedings on Twitter while working out at the University of South Carolina, his alma mater.

Pirates' Top 30 prospects list

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:05:49 EDT

Who do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on's Prospect Watch.

New year renewal: Bucs' Diaz happy, healthy

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:03:20 EDT

Elias Diaz could barely hide his excitement about turning the page on 2016. "Definitely a tough year, but it's over. New year!" Diaz said, sitting in front of his locker at Pirate City. "[I'm] healthy. Let's see what's going to happen this year."

Sadler, Sanchez return to hill in Bucs' workouts

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:50:26 EDT

For baseball-starved fans in the midst of winter, the sound of catchers' gloves popping Tuesday morning was more than welcome. For the Pirates, so was the sight of Casey Sadler and Angel Sanchez on the mound.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:27:47 EDT

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

Quintana trade could reinvigorate Pirates

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:00:00 EDT

Offseason forecasts of any kind are a challenging exercise, and it's perhaps even more difficult to anticipate transactions, especially trades. But we'll stay within the realm of reality with the Pirates and boldly predict Pittsburgh will acquire left-hander Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox.

With callup in sight, Meadows gets spring invite

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:55:17 EDT

Austin Meadows doesn't know Andrew McCutchen all that well. When they played together in Spring Training two years ago, Meadows said he found McCutchen to be "humble and funny, a great guy for sure." Their history may be brief, but their futures appear to be intertwined.

Internal candidates highlight Bucs' spring NRIs

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:09:27 EDT

The Pirates have invited an additional 19 non-roster players to Spring Training, a group headlined by a pair of top prospects -- outfielder Austin Meadows and shortstop Kevin Newman -- set to appear in Major League camp for the first time.

Rogers clears waivers, sent to Triple-A

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EDT

Jason Rogers will remain in the Pirates organization after being removed from the roster two weeks ago. Rogers was sent outright to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. The infielder was taken off the 40-man roster on Dec. 23 to clear a spot for right-hander Nefi Ogando. Rogers has been playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic for Tigres del Licey.

Catch game: Statcast shows Bucs' OF strengths

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:31:02 EDT

In this era of statistical enlightenment throughout baseball, defensive questions remain the most difficult to answer. But with the advent of MLB's Statcast™ tracking technology, the game has been flooded by more concrete data about outfielders' route-running, speed, reaction time and more. Let's use Statcast's tool's to grade Pittsburgh's outfield play in 2016.

Versatile middle relievers should improve 'pen

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:56:43 EDT

Pittsburgh will enter the season with questions in the back of the bullpen. The difference this year is the more capable, versatile group the Bucs will have in front of the late-inning guys.

'Forgotten man' Kingham eyeing MLB debut in '17

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:35:39 EDT

Nick Kingham finished the demanding rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery last year. He doesn't have to look far to find a perfect example for how to handle the next step.

Inbox: Is Quintana a possibility for rotation?

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 17:03:28 EDT

Beat reporter Adam Berry answers questions from Bucs fans.

Glasnow garners votes for game's top pitching prospect

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 20:08:25 EDT

General managers and scouting executives voted Boston's Andrew Benintendi and the Cardinals' Alex Reyes as baseball's top position and pitching prospects, respectively, in the Pipeline Poll.

Many offseason scenarios possible for Pirates

Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:03:04 EDT

So where do the Pirates go from here?

Kang reportedly removed from Korea's roster

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 23:40:21 EDT

Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang could be dropped from Korea's World Baseball Classic roster, the squad's manager told Yonhap News Agency.

Cutch, Cole will be catalysts heading into 2017

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:12:43 EDT

The Pirates will head into next year intent on proving that this past season, when they fell far short of preseason expectations, was simply a setback -- a down year amid a run of postseason appearances. Two factors that will play into their turnaround are franchise player Andrew McCutchen and the rotation, which is led by Gerrit Cole.

Bucs designate prospect Garcia for assignment

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EDT

The Pirates designated outfield prospect Willy Garcia for assignment on Saturday to make room for the recently re-signed Ivan Nova on their 40-man roster, the team announced.

6 surprising Hall ballot one-and-done hitters

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:50:47 EDT

This is Tim Raines' 10th and final year of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot, and the campaigning for Rock has been strong. But there will also be, inevitably, those among the candidates who never get that full run of chances. There is a host of one-and-dones through the decades of Hall of Fame voting, some more surprising than others. takes a look at some of the players who missed the five-percent cutoff -- despite comparing favorably to certain Hall of Famers.

Unlikely heroes emerge in Bucs' up-and-down '16

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:07:56 EDT

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington may have inadvertently set the tone for this year in the final month of 2015, when he referred to the upcoming season as a "bridge."

Most amazing National League games of 2016

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 01:50:58 EDT

At the end of an amazing October, one team was standing: the Chicago Cubs, who broke a 108-year championship drought and won the World Series for the National League. But 14 other NL teams played all season and had their own pinnacle moments. In consultation with each club's beat reporter, here is the game of the year for each club in the NL in 2016.

Pirates re-sign Nova to 3-year deal

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:16:32 EDT

Standing in front of his locker at PNC Park on Sept. 29, Ivan Nova made his preference clear. He did not want to leave the Pirates' clubhouse, he said, and he would do whatever he could to return in 2017. Nova stayed true to his word. The Pirates addressed their biggest offseason need on Thursday, agreeing to a three-year deal with the veteran right-hander. The agreement, confirmed by an industry source, is pending a physical.

Pirates rookie Bell focused on 'longevity'

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:01 EDT

Since the Pirates drafted him in 2011, but especially over the last few years, Josh Bell set his sights on reaching the Major Leagues. That was the end point, he thought, the ultimate goal, the light at the end of the tunnel. He made it this year, but it wasn't the finish line he'd built up in his mind.

Q&A: Mercer on family ranch, holiday traditions

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:55:23 EDT

While stopping by snow-covered Pittsburgh for an appearance at PirateFest, Jordy Mercer set aside some time to chat with about his offseason, the Mercer family's holiday traditions and what he might get his Pirates teammates for Christmas.

Barkett takes over as Bucs' Triple-A manager

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:58:57 EDT

The Pirates announced their 2017 Minor League coaching assignments on Friday, officially naming a number of new managers up and down their organization.