Pittsburgh Pirates news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:47:51 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung-Ho Kang fielded some ground balls at third base Wednesday, March 4. Manager Clint Hurdle said Kang will work at shortstop until he is settled then will see time at third base. Kang is also expected to see time at second base at some point.
Fantasy Tip: Kang still has a chance to win the shortstop but likely will be used as a utility player if he does not start. Kang's ability to play multiple positions will help his fantasy value. Kang could be a sleeper option in the later rounds of mixed leagues because of his power potential.
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:47:09 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Harrison probably will receive a few days off but has plenty of time to prepare for the regular season. He will be the everyday third baseman but qualifies for several positions in fantasy, which helps his value. He probably will not be able to repeat his 2014 season and could be a risky option if owners are looking for a big season from him.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:35:33 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Harrison could very well be a one-year fantasy baseball wonder, but his multi-positional eligibility could be his saving grace, for now. Harrison doesn't walk much at all, and an inflated BABIP likely carried him to a breakout year in 2014. Don't count on it again, and don't overvalue him at third base. Keep an eye on his ankle injury, too.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:35:40 -0800
Fantasy Tip: If Kang continues to impress this spring, there's a good chance he could open the season as the Bucs' starting shortstop over Jordy Mercer. If that happens, Kang is definitely worth a late-round pick for his power potential at a potential that lacks it. Consider Kang a very intriguing sleeper option at his position.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:22:17 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen is signed through the 2017 season with a $14.75 million club option for 2018. His current six-year, $51.5 million contract makes him one of the best bargains in baseball. The Pirates have not approached him about an extension, but industry sources said if they decide to open talks, they are willing to go to great lengths to keep McCutchen in Pittsburgh.
Fantasy Tip: McCutchen is one of the best fantasy baseball players, and nearly unanimously a top-five pick. A lack of contract extension talks does nothing to diminish his standard yearly league value, and even a long-term contract extension keeping him in a pitcher-friendly home ballpark would do little to hurt his keeper league and dynasty league value.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:01:40 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco added 12-15 pounds of muscle this offseason, and he feels rested and refreshed entering spring training. He opted out of playing in the Dominican Winter League to prepare and focus on the 2015 season.
Fantasy Tip: Like many young players in their first run through the league, Polanco looked overmatched, especially against left-handed pitching (.171/.222/.244 slash line). However, the top prospect will enter the 2015 season as a coveted breakout candidate in fantasy drafts. He projects as a five-category contributor in the long run and is worth targeting in the middle rounds on draft day.
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:07:00 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Alvarez has the kind of pop that will make him a consideration for your fantasy baseball teams in the later rounds of drafts, but you'll have to live with a low batting average. Perhaps the transition to first base will keep him in the lineup on a consistent basis.
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:22:05 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez is easing into the transition from third to first base this year, and he's happy about the switch. Alvarez is expected to start at first base on opening day. "I feel very good about it. Very positive," Alvarez said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to go out there and compete over there. I'm taking it day by day, taking in as much as I can to learn the position."
Fantasy Tip: Alvarez failed to reach 20 homers a year after smacking 36 round trippers in 2013. Now that he's unlikely to be a defensive liability, Alvarez could stick in the lineup more often. There's no denying that his power abilities will help you in the later rounds of a fantasy baseball draft, and having eligibility at third and first base is an added bonus. That's if you can live with his poor batting average.
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:52:45 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Locke has shown flashes of a solid fantasy pitcher, but he has yet to put it all together. He'll be a back-end rotation option in NL-only leagues.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:20:41 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Morton will have solid back-end rotation value in NL-only leagues, but he's just on the watch list in mixed leagues.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:16:51 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung-Ho Kang, who hit .356 with 40 home runs in the Korean League last year, has "zero chance" of starting in the minors, according to general manager Neal Huntington. He'll be battling SSs Jordy Mercer and Sean Rodriguez for playing time, and Mercer has been serviceable and underrated defensively. Kang could, however, force Mercer into a utility role if he tears it up this spring.
Fantasy Tip: Kang's power is extremely intriguing at a position that lacks it. However, it'll be a mystery how that power translates to the major league level until games begin. If Kang has a good spring and cements a starting job, he'll definitely be worth a flier in the later rounds for his power hack.
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:31:42 -0800
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:30:10 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung-Ho Kang reported to spring training Wednesday, Feb. 11, even though position players did not need to report for another two weeks. Kang said he has been working on adjusting to different things.
Fantasy Tip: Kang is expected to compete with Jordy Mercer for the shortstop job but likely will be used as a utility player if he loses the competition. It is not known how Kang will hit against MLB pitching, but he could be an option in one of the final rounds in deeper mixed and NL-only leagues because of his power potential.
Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:04:25 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jameson Taillon (elbow) said he is already throwing on a mound in the bullpen and feeling fine. He expects to start facing hitters in March, but likely won't be in a live game until extended spring training.
Fantasy Tip: Taillon is one of the team's top prospects, and he is making his way back from Tommy John surgery. Taillon doesn't expect to see game action until May, so it is uncertain if he'll make it to the majors in 2015 or not. Fantasy owners in standard leagues need not bother with him yet, but those in long-term keeper formats certainly want to add him to the bottom of draft boards.
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:50:16 -0800
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