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June 22, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Supplemental pick Black signs

Right-handed pitcher Victor Black, a supplemental pick with the 49th overall selection in the recent draft, has signed with the Pirates. Black, 21, posted a 6-4 record in 15 starts as a junior at Dallas Baptist University this season, striking …

June 21, 2009
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Bad mojo

DENVER — The Pirates’ clubhouse was not a fun place to be the past couple of nights, for obvious and slightly different reasons. Friday, there was stunned reaction to the news that veteran outfielder Craig Monroe had been designated for …

June 21, 2009
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Greatness in dreadlocks

DENVER — Moments after Andrew McCutchen ripped a three-run triple Saturday night against the Rockies, I received this Tweet from the folks at the Raise the Jolly Roger blog: “Greatness in dreadlocks.” That about sums it up, huh? In 44 …

June 20, 2009
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Where will Pearce play?

DENVER — Did the Pirates really bring up Steve Pearce to play right field? He hopes not. It Pearce had his druthers, he’d be a full-time first baseman. “(First base) is a position I’m comfortable with,” Pearce said. “It’s where …

June 19, 2009
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Tony Sanchez will debut with State College

DENVER — Catcher Tony Sanchez, the Pirates’ top draft pick this year, will make his pro debut Saturday with short-season low-A State College. The Spikes open their season with one game at Williamsport, then play at home Sunday. Sanchez will …

June 18, 2009
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Pirates ink No. 2 pick Pounders

MINNEAPOLIS — The Pirates this afternoon came to terms with right-hander Brooks Pounders, their second-round draft pick. Pounders, 18, turned down a scholarship to Southern Cal to sign his pro contract. Pounders went 9-2 with a 1.96 ERA this season …

June 18, 2009
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Props for Grabow

MINNEAPOLIS — Left-handed reliever John Grabow’s heroic effort last night got lost amid all the hoopla of the LaRoche brothers both going deep and Andrew McCutchen smacking his first career homer. So, here’s some props, Grabes: Seventh inning, Pirates up …

June 17, 2009
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Pirates draftee tosses perfect game

MINNEAPOLIS — High school pitcher Matt Dermody, a Pirates draft pick, struck out all 18 batters he faced Monday in throwing a six-inning perfect game. Dermody, 18, a senior at Norwalk High in Des Moines, Iowa, also hit a pair …

June 17, 2009
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More about the changeup

MINNEAPOLIS — The changeup is highly valued by Pirates management, a point of emphasis from the front office at PNC Park to the lowest level of the minors. People in the industry also recognized how important the pitch is to …

June 16, 2009
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Five down, 46 to go …

MINNEAPOLIS — The Pirates have signed five more draft picks: right-handers Marc Baca (42nd round) and Jason Erickson (24th round), infielder Ty Summerlin (30th round), and outfielders Jose Hernandez (23rd round) and Pat Irvine (33rd round). All five were college …

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