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Pittsburgh Pirates

Stadium: PNC Park | Manager: Clint Hurdle
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Pirates.2596821563.47
NL Central Division1st1st2nd1st
National League 3rd4th3rd5th
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S. Marte
J. Harrison
S. Rodriguez
C. Hart
A. McCutchen
S. Marte
G. Polanco
A. Lambo
J. Harrison
S. Rodriguez
C. Hart
J. Harrison
S. Rodriguez
J. Ho Kang
B. Morel
P. Alvarez
J. Mercer
J. Ho Kang
S. Rodriguez
P. Florimon
J. Sellers
Rotation
1. F. Liriano
2. A. Burnett
3. G. Cole
4. C. Morton
5. V. Worley
6. J. Locke
7. B. Cumpton
N. Walker
J. Ho Kang
J. Harrison
S. Rodriguez
J. Sellers
P. Alvarez
C. Hart
A. Lambo
S. Rodriguez

DL
None
F. Cervelli
C. Stewart
T. Sanchez
  Bullpen
M. Melancon (CL)
T. Watson
A. Bastardo
J. Holdzkom
J. Hughes
S. Pimentel
R. Liz
R. Scahill
B. LaFromboise
Last Updated: 03/24/2015
 
player is injured   news about this player  
 
Last Five Games
10/1 vs. SF
J. Harrison3B
J. MercerSS
A. McCutchenCF
R. MartinC
S. MarteLF
N. Walker2B
G. Sanchez1B
T. SniderRF
E. VolquezP
 
9/28 vs. CIN
J. Harrison3B
T. SniderRF
A. McCutchenCF
N. Walker2B
S. MarteLF
I. Davis1B
J. MercerSS
C. StewartC
G. ColeP
 
9/27 vs. CIN
J. Harrison3B
T. SniderRF
A. McCutchenCF
N. Walker2B
S. MarteLF
I. Davis1B
J. MercerSS
C. StewartC
F. LirianoP
 
9/26 vs. CIN
J. Harrison3B
T. SniderRF
A. McCutchenCF
N. Walker2B
R. MartinC
S. MarteLF
G. Sanchez1B
J. MercerSS
V. WorleyP
 
9/25 vs. ATL
J. Harrison3B
T. SniderRF
A. McCutchenCF
N. Walker2B
R. MartinC
S. MarteLF
I. Davis1B
J. MercerSS
E. VolquezP

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
J. Harrison3B.3151352
T. SniderRF.2641338
A. McCutchenCF.3142583
N. Walker2B.2712376
R. MartinC.2901167
S. MarteLF.2911356
I. Davis1B.2331151
J. MercerSS.2551255
 
Notes
  • 121 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 6 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
5 Game(s)
J. HarrisonRF
N. Walker2B
A. McCutchenCF
I. Davis1B
R. MartinC
P. Alvarez3B
S. MarteLF
C. BarmesSS
4 Game(s)
G. PolancoRF
J. HarrisonLF
A. McCutchenCF
N. Walker2B
R. MartinC
I. Davis1B
P. Alvarez3B
J. MercerSS
4 Game(s)
J. Harrison3B
A. LamboRF
A. McCutchenCF
N. Walker2B
R. MartinC
I. Davis1B
S. MarteLF
J. MercerSS
3 Game(s)
S. MarteLF
T. SniderRF
A. McCutchenCF
P. Alvarez3B
R. MartinC
N. Walker2B
T. Ishikawa1B
J. MercerSS
3 Game(s)
J. HarrisonLF
J. MercerSS
A. McCutchenCF
G. Sanchez1B
N. Walker2B
R. MartinC
G. PolancoRF
B. Morel3B

 
 

Jung Ho Kang
No Stats Available
News
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told reporters that he still plans to have Jung Ho Kang on the Opening Day roster, despite his recent struggles this spring, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Manager Clint Hurdle indicated last week that Kang's timing issues at the plate may have to do with his leg kick that begins his swing. Kang, who spent his previous nine baseball seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, is hitting .111 in 11 Grapefruit League games.

Jared Hughes, #48
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
7564.11.96036
 
Pedro Florimon, #25
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
33.0927016
 
John Holdzkom, #43
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
109.02.00114
 
Tony Sanchez, #26
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
26.26732130
 
Position Breakdown
C - 20, DH - 1
Brent Morel, #59
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
23.1791040
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 1, 3B - 13
Vance Worley, #46
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
84110.22.852279
 
News
Pirates pitcher Vance Worley had his worst outing of spring training during Thursday's game against the Braves.

Worley pitched six innings, but gave up five runs and seven hits, including one home run. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. He received a no-decision.

Worley is competing with Jeff Locke for the final rotation spot in the Pirates' rotation. In four appearances this spring, Worley has produced a 5.29 ERA.

"It's going to be a tough decision," manager Clint Hurdle said, per triblive.com. "I don't think we can make a bad choice. Obviously, one guy will be happier than the other. We need to make a decision sooner than later just so they can both post up with what they're going to do next."



Gregory Polanco, #25
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
89.2355073314
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 83
Pedro Alvarez, #24
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
122.2314618568
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 5, 3B - 99, DH - 3
Bobby LaFromboise, #60
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
003.22.4504
 
News
The Pirates announced Friday they cut 12 players from major-league camp. 

They optioned Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A, while reassigning Deolis Guerra, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Leesman, Brad Lincoln, Steve LombardozziBrent Morel, Gustavo Nunez , Deibinson Romero, Jose Tabata, Sebastian Valle and Josh Wall to minor-league camp.

Antonio Bastardo, #59
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
5764.03.94081
 
Corey Hart, #27
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
68.203176212
 
Andrew McCutchen, #22
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
146.31489258318
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 146
News
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen played four innings and went 0 for 2 on Tuesday against the Orioles in his return from a lower-body injury. 

"There was no sense pushing it," McCutchen said on Tuesday following his first game action since March 12, per MLB.com. "I'll make it worse when it counts. I wasn't worried about being ready for the season. That was never an issue."

McCutchen has made just 15 plate appearances this spring. He said he will play in minor-league games if he has to in order to be ready for the season.

"He's in a good place," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He said he felt good today. If he needs at-bats, we can get him six-to-eight a day in Pirate City. I don't have any concerns about him at all."

Charlie Morton, #50
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
612157.13.7257126
 
A.J. Burnett, #34
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
818213.24.5996190
 
News
Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has not had the highest of opinions when it comes to infield-shifting in the past. In 2013, he let some reporters know what he thought about shifting at the time.

When asked about a shift of shortstop Clint Barmes that year, Burnett stated, “I do not have a problem with (Barmes), I had a problem with the (expletive) shift. We play people in the wrong spot.”

But Burnett seemed to change his tune when reflecting upon the subject.

“As much as I complained about the shifts, they helped,” Burnett said. “They really did. It's that one a game, you've got a no-hitter for four or five innings and one gets through, and where you're like … ‘(expletive) shift.'

“But (shifts) saves you more than anything, and that's the truth.”

The 38-year-old has lost some steam on his fastball at this point in his career and he knows that.

“It took me getting a little older to realize that I'm not able to blow it by guys anymore and ground balls are just as good,” he said.

Burnett has posted a 6.39 ERA with nine earned runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in four starts this spring.

Tony Watson, #44
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
10277.11.63281
 
Radhames Liz
No Stats Available
News
Pirates pitcher Radhames Liz allowed four hits in three scoreless innings while not walking or striking out a batter in Tuesday's 9-2 loss to the Orioles.

Liz has started each of his last two spring appearances but is expected to open the season in the bullpen. He has surrendered two earned runs in 10 innings while striking out three and walking three.

Francisco Liriano, #47
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
710162.13.3881175
 
Jordy Mercer, #10
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
149.2555612554
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 144, OF - 1
News
Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer is firmly entrenched as the team's starting shortstop and said Monday he was never worried about the perceived competition with Jung Ho Kang, MLB.com reports.

"I never worried about it one bit, to be perfectly honest," Mercer said. "That's kind of the way I always am. Put my head down and keep playing."

Mercer opened the spring with just three hits in 23 at-bats but has managed seven hits in his last 11 at-bats to raise his spring average to .293. General manager Neal Huntington threw his support behind Mercer earlier in March.

"We love Jordy Mercer," Huntington said in early March. "The narrative is, he's the guy. He had a really tough start last year, but then was one of the best shortstops in the league. Shortstop is not a competition."

"Yeah, any time somebody says something like that about you -- especially coming from management -- it's really good to hear," Mercer said Monday. "Still, it's not going to change how I play. I just continue to push forward."

Stolmy Pimentel, #38
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2132.25.23038
 
Brandon Cumpton, #58
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
3470.04.891846
 
Injuries
Elbow - Out for season (Updated - 3/10/15)
Francisco Cervelli, #29
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
49.301182131
 
News
Francisco Cervelli continued his spring power surge for the Pirates on Monday. 

Cervelli hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, capping a day when he went one for two with two walks. 

It was Cervelli's third homer of the spring, all of them coming in the last four days. He had a two-home run game on Friday.

Cervelli has topped three home runs in a season only once, in 2011. Cervelli is hitting .316 this spring. 

Andrew Lambo, #57
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
21.2563010
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 1, OF - 6
Neil Walker, #18
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
137.2717423762
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 135
Mark Melancon, #35
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
3571.01.903371
 
Justin Sellers, #1
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
17.1881000
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 12, SS - 19, 3B - 5
Injuries
Achilles - Out until at least late March (Updated - 3/19/15)
Sean Rodriguez, #1
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
96.2113012412
 
Rob Scahill, #62
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1015.04.80011
 
Jeff Locke, #49
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
76131.13.914089
 
Josh Harrison, #5
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
143.31577135218
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 17, SS - 8, 3B - 72, OF - 50
News
Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is likely to serve as the team's leadoff hitter this season but said Thursday he's unconcerned with how the lineup is put together, MLB.com reports.

"To be honest, I don't really pay attention to the lineup," said Harrison, who led off Thursday with a homer. "The lineup gets jumbled so much and we don't pay attention too much to what could be the Opening Day lineup and what could not. ... That's more [the media's] job, to look at the lineup and say maybe Opening Day, but none of us here have said, 'This may be our Opening Day lineup.' At the end of the day, we've got to worry about the task at hand and that's getting better every day."

Harrison hit .328/.359/.535 atop the lineup last season and started 83 games as the leadoff hitter.

"Your approach changes at-bat to at-bat," Harrison said. "My leadoff approach changes day to day as well. They attacked me differently throughout the course of last year. The last month and a half, guys started mixing it up on me early. My approach is to go out there and get a good pitch to hit -- so in the grand scheme of things, my approach really doesn't change."

Chris Stewart, #19
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
49.29490100
 
Position Breakdown
C - 46
Injuries
Hamstring - Questionable for start of season (Updated - 3/19/15)
News
Pirates catcher Chris Stewart took part in infield drills and batting practice Tuesday morning, as he continues to work his way back from a hamstring issue, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has not played since March 9 due to the injury, and is not expected back in the lineup for at least another 10 days.
Gerrit Cole, #45
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
115138.03.6540138
 
Starling Marte, #6
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
135.29173135630
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 131