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Pirates' Jameson Taillon: Roughed up in Grapefruit League debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taillon, who will start the second game of the season in Boston, allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in two innings Sunday. He struck out three batters.

Although he needed 42 pitches (22 strikes) and served up a long homer to Adam Jones, Taillon was pleased with his new two-seam change-up grip. "It's feeling comfortable," Taillon said. "I got a couple swings and misses. I'm normally not a big swing-and-miss guy on the changeup, so that's a good sign."

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Pirates' Tyler Glasnow: Wow factor in full effect Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Glasnow pitched impressively Sunday, striking out six batters in two scoreless innings against Baltimore. He gave up just one hit and didn't walk a batter, Pirates Prospects reports.

Management has intimated that Glasnow would need a tremendous spring to start the season in the big leagues, and he's off to a great start. It's important to note that the big righty was pitching to the Orioles' starting lineup, not a legion of backups. Glasnow's fastball reached 97 mph, his curve buckled knees, and his new-grip changeup stayed low in the zone. Perhaps most impressively, he didn't issue a free pass after posting a 5.2 BB/9 for Triple-A Indy in 2016. There's still a good chance he'll begin the season in the minors, given that he's still working on his new changeup grip, shortened slide step and windup, but he made a great first impression Sunday.

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Pirates' Adam Frazier: Scratched with sore left thumb
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Frazier was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles due to left thumb discomfort, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

It's likely only a minor issue for Frazier, who is projected to serve this season in the utility role that Sean Rodriguez filled for the Pirates in 2016. Frazier slashed .301/.356/.411 across 160 plate appearances as a rookie.

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Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Starts spring training strong
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Polanco went 3-for-3 with a double in the Grapefruit League opener Saturday against Baltimore.

Polanco is looking to put a full season together. After slashing .310/.386/.556 through the 2016 season's first two months, he batted .229/.286/.412 the rest of the way. The Pirates moved him from right field to left over the winter, a move which could put Polanco's durability to the test, given PNC Park's spacious left field area and his balky left knee. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old is still in the upswing of his career. It appears he's put on muscle over the winter, a move which could perhaps help his power numbers but hurt him in the stolen base category. He hit cleanup Saturday after bouncing around the lineup last season.

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Pirates' Adam Frazier: Ready for action all over diamond
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Frazier is taking reps at shortstop as the primary backup for starter Jordy Mercer, DKPittsburghSports reports.

With Jung Ho Kang's status questionable for the start of 2017, Frazier is breaking out his old shortstop glove. He came up through the minors at that position until 2015. Frazier is also the team's fourth outfielder and backup at second base and third. In other words, the second-year player is expected to see plenty of time all over the diamond. He slashed .301/.356/.411 in 160 plate appearances as a rookie and batted .299 in parts of four minor league seasons. Unfortunately, he only played 20-plus games in the outfield for Pittsburgh last season but will increase that versatility soon after the year begins.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGStarling Marte , LF.311
HRAndrew McCutchen , CF24
RBIGregory Polanco , RF86
OBPStarling Marte , LF.362
SLGGregory Polanco , RF.463
RAndrew McCutchen , CF81
SBStarling Marte , LF47
WIvan Nova , SP12
ERAIvan Nova , SP4.17
WHIPIvan Nova , SP1.25
KJuan Nicasio , RP138
SVTony Watson , RP15

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