Pittsburgh Pirates

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Pirates.2577291534.21
NL Central Division1st3rd5th4th
National League 5th6th12th9th
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G. Polanco
S. Marte
A. Frazier
A. Hanson
J. Harrison
J. Osuna
S. Marte
A. McCutchen
G. Polanco
A. McCutchen
G. Polanco
J. Bell
A. Frazier
J. Harrison
J. Osuna
J. Ho Kang
D. Freese
J. Jaso
A. Frazier
A. Hanson
J. Harrison
P. Gosselin
J. Mercer
A. Hanson
P. Gosselin
J. Harrison
G. Ngoepe
Rotation
1. G. Cole
2. J. Taillon
3. I. Nova
4. C. Kuhl
5. D. Hutchison
6. T. Glasnow
7. S. Brault
8. T. Williams
J. Harrison
A. Frazier
A. Hanson
J. Mercer
C. Bostick
P. Gosselin
J. Bell
J. Jaso
D. Freese
J. Osuna

DL
None
F. Cervelli
C. Stewart
  Bullpen
T. Watson (CL)
D. Hudson
F. Rivero
J. Nicasio
A. Bastardo
J. Hughes
W. LeBlanc
A. Schugel
T. Webb
Last Updated: 03/27/2017
 
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Last Five Games
10/2 vs. STL
J. Jaso1B
G. PolancoRF
A. McCutchenCF
J. Ho Kang3B
M. JoyceLF
A. Hanson2B
E. FryerC
P. FlorimonSS
R. VogelsongP
 
10/1 vs. STL
A. FrazierLF
J. BellRF
S. RodriguezSS
G. PolancoCF
J. Ho Kang3B
J. Jaso1B
A. Hanson2B
J. StallingsC
C. KuhlP
 
9/30 vs. STL
J. BellRF
G. PolancoLF
A. McCutchenCF
J. Ho Kang3B
J. Jaso1B
S. RodriguezSS
A. Hanson2B
E. FryerC
T. GlasnowP
 
9/29 vs. CHC
J. MercerSS
J. BellRF
A. McCutchenCF
J. Ho Kang3B
S. RodriguezLF
D. Freese1B
A. Hanson2B
E. FryerC
I. NovaP
 
9/28 vs. CHC
A. Frazier2B
J. BellRF
A. McCutchenCF
M. JoyceLF
S. RodriguezSS
J. Jaso1B
D. Freese3B
E. FryerC
J. TaillonP

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
J. Harrison2B.283459
J. Bell1B.273319
A. McCutchenCF.2562479
G. PolancoRF.2582286
S. MarteLF.311946
D. Freese3B.2701355
F. CervelliC.264133
J. MercerSS.2561159
 
Notes
  • 120 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 5 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
5 Game(s)
J. Jaso1B
A. McCutchenCF
G. PolancoRF
S. MarteLF
F. CervelliC
J. Ho Kang3B
J. Harrison2B
J. MercerSS
4 Game(s)
J. Jaso1B
A. McCutchenCF
D. Freese3B
S. MarteLF
F. CervelliC
G. PolancoRF
J. Harrison2B
J. MercerSS
3 Game(s)
J. Jaso1B
A. McCutchenCF
G. PolancoRF
J. Ho Kang3B
S. MarteLF
J. Harrison2B
J. MercerSS
C. StewartC
2 Game(s)
J. Harrison2B
J. BellRF
A. McCutchenCF
G. PolancoLF
J. Ho Kang3B
D. Freese1B
F. CervelliC
J. MercerSS
2 Game(s)
J. MercerSS
D. Freese1B
A. McCutchenCF
J. Ho Kang3B
S. MarteLF
J. Harrison2B
S. RodriguezRF
E. KratzC

 
 
 

Gift Ngoepe, #--
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Drew Hutchison, #34
Year-to-date Stats
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1024.05.25722
 
News
Hutchison surrendered six earned runs on 10 hits and two walks in 4.2 innings Thursday. He struck out two batters.

After a promising spring start, Hutchison has been lit up for 12 earned runs in eight innings over his last two appearances. His recent struggles have only added to the uncertainty around the identity the team's No. 5 starter, as Hutchison, Tyler Glasnow, Steven Brault and Trevor Williams are all in the mix. Rob Biertempfel of TribLive.com also notes that it's also possible the Pirates could use their fifth starter sparingly over the first month of the season, with an off day scheduled roughly once a week through April, if no candidate has seized the job by the end of camp.

Jung Ho Kang, #27
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
103.2554521623
 
Injuries
Suspension - Expected to be out until at least May 1 (Updated - 3/24/17)
News
Kang (restricted list) has been denied a work visa by the United States, putting his status for the 2017 season in jeopardy, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

According to a report from the Korean Broadcasting System, the U.S. Department of State has "rejected" Kang's application due to the DUI hit-and-run charge he accepted last month in Seoul, South Korea. The report also indicates suspicions Kang has driven drunk in a "third country." With the third baseman potentially sidelined indefinitely, David Freese will likely take over everyday duties at third base.

Jared Hughes, #48
Year-to-date Stats
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1159.13.03134
 
A.J. Schugel, #31
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2252.03.63146
 
Adam Frazier, #26
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
66.301212114
 
Trevor Williams, #57
Year-to-date Stats
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1112.27.82511
 
News
Williams threw five shutout innings Friday, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out four. "This was my first outing where I just needed to go out there and let the cards fall and compete," Williams told the Pirates' official site. "I think I did a good job in terms of that."

WIlliams is thought to be on the outside looking in for the team's fifth starter's spot, but he put together his best spring showing Friday. The righty struggled in his brief time with Pittsburgh in 2016 (7.82 ERA in 12.2 innings) but will get another chance to prove himself at some point this summer -- it just might not come at the beginning of the season.

Chad Kuhl, #39
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5470.24.202053
 
Jameson Taillon, #50
Year-to-date Stats
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54104.03.381785
 
Chris Bostick, #--
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Gregory Polanco, #25
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
144.25879228617
 
Injuries
Shoulder - Questionable for start of season (Updated - 3/27/17)
News
Polanco (shoulder) was not in the lineup Sunday and GM Neal Huntington said it's too early to make a definitive statement about his Opening Day status, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. "We'll see where we are. It's early in the process in terms of how they're feeling and how they bounce back," Huntington said in reference to Polanco and Chris Stewart (groin). "Let's see where we are as we get closer to the middle part of the week as we have to start making some decisions."

Polanco called his scratch from Saturday's lineup precautionary and continues to downplay the severity of the shoulder injury. However, the 25-year-old has battled shoulder issues in the past but and it sounds like the team wants to be absolutely sure of his health before penciling Polanco into the Opening Day lineup. He has logged 36 at-bats this spring between the WBC and Grapefruit League play.

John Jaso, #28
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
132.268458420
 
Antonio Bastardo, #59
Year-to-date Stats
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3067.24.52074
 
Tyler Glasnow, #51
Year-to-date Stats
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0223.14.241324
 
News
Glasnow struck out nine batters in four innings Saturday, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk. "Towards the fourth inning was the best I've felt," Glasnow told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "My curveball started to take shape and the changeup and fastball were coming along. Good signs."

He showed a glimpse of the velocity that helped to make him a prospect in the minors, touching 97 mph in the first inning. While Glasnow lacked efficiency (he needed 82 pitches to complete four innings), he carried himself with confidence against a watered-down Detroit lineup. The Bucs haven't decided upon a fifth starter, but general manager Neal Huntington could offer insight during his radio show Sunday.

Alen Hanson, #37
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
27.2265012
 
Andrew McCutchen, #22
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
153.2568124796
 
News
McCutchen went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk Wednesday during Team USA's victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game.

Cutch poked clutch RBI singles in the fifth and eighth innings as the United States went on to win 8-0, and the veteran went 5-for-21 with 5 RBI during the WBC. His fantasy stock may remain a bit undervalued in many circles, presenting a potentially profitable buying opportunity in mixed leagues.

Tony Watson, #44
Year-to-date Stats
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2567.23.061558
 
Ivan Nova, #46
Year-to-date Stats
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128162.04.1728127
 
Josh Bell, #55
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
45.273183190
 
News
Bell, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday, has two hits in 27 at-bats in Grapefruit League action.

The team is looking for Bell to simply pile up as many at-bats as possible as the switch-hitter got off to a late start following arthroscopic knee surgery in February. Pittsburgh is counting on the 24-year-old to serve as the team's primary first baseman. He could cede some time to John Jaso early on, as Jaso is a better fielder and has had a strong spring, but the first base job is basically Bell's to lose. There also a long-range chance the Bucs move him back to his natural spot in the outfield, but either way he's set for steady playing time.

Wade LeBlanc, #38
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4062.03.77251
 
Daniel Hudson, #41
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3260.15.22558
 
Jordy Mercer, #10
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
149.2566611591
 
Francisco Cervelli, #29
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
101.264421336
 
Jose Osuna
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Steven Brault, #43
Year-to-date Stats
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0333.14.861729
 
News
Brault limited the Tigers to one run in four innings Saturday, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out three.

He's competing for the team's fifth starter job against the likes of Drew Hutchison, Tyler Glasnow and Trevor Williams. Brault's biggest advantage may be that he's the only lefty among the bunch. His ceiling isn't as high as some of the others, but his floor isn't as low, either. He's compiled a 3.45 ERA in 15.2 innings, but his 1.34 WHIP is a tad high, in part because of a 8:5 K:BB. General manager Neal Huntington is expected to address the fifth starter competition during his Sunday radio show.

Tyler Webb
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Felipe Rivero, #73
Year-to-date Stats
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1677.04.09192
 
Phil Gosselin, #15
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
122.277262133
 
Juan Nicasio, #12
Year-to-date Stats
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107118.04.500138
 
David Freese, #23
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
141.2706313550
 
News
Freese will likely see steady playing time at third base in April following news that starter Jung Ho Kang has reportedly been denied a work visa.

Freese represents Pittsburgh's best option at the hot corner, though less steady options like Phil Gosselin, Alen Hanson and John Jaso remain occasional possibilities. Adam Frazier has five games of big-league experience at third and the organization could also decide to move Josh Harrison off second base at times. For his part, Freese got off to a strong start in 2016 but hit only .247/.331/.333 in his final 169 plate appearances. He's doing well in Grapefruit League action with a .375 batting average in 32 at-bats.

Josh Harrison, #5
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
131.2835745919
 
Chris Stewart, #19
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
34.21410170
 
Injuries
Groin - Questionable for start of season (Updated - 3/25/17)
News
An MRI came back clean for Stewart (groin) and he doesn't expect to miss too much time. "I'm optimistic for opening day," Stewart told DK Pittsburgh Sports.

The catcher has appeared in only six Grapefruit League games but has looked rejuvenated behind the plate. Elias Diaz would likely serve as Francisco Cervelli's backup if Stewart is forced out of any April action.

Gerrit Cole, #45
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710116.03.883698
 
News
Cole threw 98 pitches over seven innings in a minor league game Friday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "We're very satisfied with his work," manager Clint Hurdle said.

He retired nine batters on three pitches or fewer and faced only three three-ball counts. Cole is coming off his worst professional season -- which included three trips to the disabled list -- but so far he's off to a good (and healthy) start.

Starling Marte, #6
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
129.3117194647
 
News
Marte may need an occasional day off early in 2017 as part of his continued recovery from an ankle sprain, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "We're still assessing that," head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said.

He initially injured his ankle March 8 while sliding into second base. "I don't think it's going to be an issue," Marte said. "Yeah, it is a little bit sore here and there. I do believe that I'm going to be able to play throughout the season, especially with the therapy I'm going through." Marte returned from the World Baseball Classic and promptly hit an opposite-field grand slam Thursday, and it seems safe to assume the Pirates wouldn't be playing him in meaningless exhibition games if the injury was severe.