Player News - Pirates

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Drew Hutchison has elected free agency.

The right-hander has never been able to deliver consistent results at the major league level, but is still talented enough that there should be several teams clamoring to take him on as a reclamation project.
Oct 21 - 2:21 PM

Pirates prospect Mitch Keller threw three scoreless innings on Wednesday for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League.

Keller scattered three hits, walked one and struck out four. It's a solid AFL debut for the Pirates' top pitching prospect. With a mid 90s fastball that earns 70-grades on the 20-80 scouting scale because of its sink and a plus curveball, he has the stuff to pitch at or near the top of a rotation someday, and could be a part of the Pittsburgh rotation this summer.
Oct 11 - 5:43 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Andrew McCutchen will be the team's center fielder if he's still with the club in 2018.

"We believe our best club in 2018 has Andrew in center field," said Huntington. "He's worked hard to be the best defensive center fielder he can be." The original plan called for McCutchen to play right field this year, but he shifted back to center after Starling Marte's PED suspension and remained there for the rest of the season. It's a foregone conclusion that the Pirates will exercise his $14.75 million club option for 2018, but it's his final year of team control and he remains an obvious candidate to be traded. McCutchen had an up-and-down season in 2017, batting .279/.363/.486 with 28 homers, 88 RBI, and 11 steals over 156 games.
Oct 2 - 8:58 AM

John Jaso said after Sunday's game that he's leaning toward retirement.

Jaso told reporters after the game that he's probably done with baseball and would like to spend his time living simply on a sailboat and working on relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Jaso has also battled concussions in recent seasons, which could be a factor as well. He hit just .211/.328/.402 with 10 homers and 35 RBI in 302 plate appearances with the Pirates this year.
Oct 1 - 8:45 PM

Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the Pirates season-ending victory on Sunday.

Bell also knocked in a run and walked. It was an up-and-down year for the rookie, but lots of rookies have up-and-down years; baseball is really hard. The 25-year-old showed the ability to be a run-producer, but he will have to show a bit more patience and make a little more contact in order for that to come to fruition. He's a candidate to have a big sophomore season in 2018.
Oct 1 - 7:48 PM

Steven Brault gave up four runs in two innings of work during a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday.

Both starting pitchers struggled to throw strikes in this one, as Brault and Gonzalez combined for seven walks between them. The 25-year-old left-hander showed flashes of brilliance with the Pirates, but will need to hone in his stuff and show better command to stay a member of the Pittsburgh rotation going forward. He'll battle for a spot this spring.
Oct 1 - 7:32 PM

Andrew McCutchen (foot) is back in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

'Cutch was a late scratch Saturday after he fouled a ball off his left foot Friday, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go in the season finale. Could it be his final game in a Pirates uniform?
Oct 1 - 11:43 AM

Jameson Taillon allowed one run over seven innings, and the Pirates came back to beat the Nationals 4-1 on Saturday.

Taillon gave up four hits and a walk while striking out five. It was a strong close to a trying year for the 25-year-old, who battled testicular cancer and ineffectiveness while still making 25 starts for the Bucs. He finishes with a 4.44 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 133 2/3 innings. It's hard to imagine a more turbulent season, so a regular offseason and good spring should yield better results for Taillon in 2018.
Sep 30 - 11:14 PM

Felipe Rivero pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Nationals to earn his 21st save of the season.

Rivero struck out one and needed just nine pitches to finish off the Nats. The 26-year-old has been everything the Bucs had hoped he would be when they acquired him from said Nationals last season, owning a 1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings this year.
Sep 30 - 10:48 PM

Max Moroff hit a three-run triple in the ninth inning Saturday to help the Pirates beat the Nationals.

Moroff had singled and walked twice in the contest before stepping to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth. He promptly unloaded them, smacking an opposite field liner that split the left fielder and center fielder on its way to the wall. It was one of the few highlights of the 24-year-old's rookie season, a season in which he has hit just .197/.291/.316 in 55 games.
Sep 30 - 10:30 PM

Andrew McCutchen was scratched from the Pirates' lineup Saturday due to left foot discomfort.

McCutchen fouled a ball off the foot Friday and is still sore. The Pirates obviously have no incentive to push him, so it's possible he's done for the season. Jordan Luplow replaced him in the lineup.
Sep 30 - 5:42 PM

Gerrit Cole was charged with three runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

Cole limited the Nats to one run through five innings before falling apart in the sixth inning. He gave up five hits — including a two-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman — and a walk in the frame before being pulled. The 27-year-old finishes the year at 12-12 with a career-worst 4.26 ERA after dropping four out of his final five decisions. The home run ball was the big issue, as he gave up 31 bombs in 203 innings after allowing 36 homers through his first 579 1/3 innings in the majors entering 2017.
Sep 29 - 11:27 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Friday’s loss to the Nationals.

The Pirates were held scoreless until his double in the ninth inning. McCutchen dropped off significantly in August, but he has been a useful fantasy bat here in September. He’s now hit safely in each of his last six games.
Sep 29 - 11:24 PM

Jordy Mercer (knee) is unlikely to play again this season.

Mercer has been battling tendinitis in his left knee for a while, and with just a couple games left the Pirates feel no need to push him. Sean Rodriguez is at shortstop Friday.
Sep 29 - 4:56 PM

Josh Bell hit a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning Thursday against the Nationals.

Before the Nats walked it off in the bottom of the frame, it was Bell providing the fireworks in the top of the ninth with a blast off Nationals closer Sean Doolittle. The homer was Bell's 26th of the season, and his only hit in four at-bats. With a few games left on the docket, it's been a largely good first full season for the 25-year-old, who has 89 RBI and 73 runs scored to go with those 26 homers. Bell is slashing .256/.333/.471 overall.
Sep 29 - 12:22 AM


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