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1/29/2015 | Recovering Hurdle keeps inspiration coming

Each morning Clint Hurdle sits down behind his laptop, takes a deep breath and writes a message. Releasing an appreciative smile, he punches SEND, and the epistle is on its way to scores of recipients.

1/29/2015 | 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.

1/29/2015 | Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

After an offseason filled with transactions and intrigue, Spring Training is fast approaching. That means it's time for the unveiling of the latest Top 100 Prospects list. The Top 50 will be unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and the entire list will be available on

1/29/2015 | When they were prospects: McCutchen had Colby Rasmus and Cameron Maybin ranked slightly ahead of Andrew McCutchen in our 2009 prospect rankings, but he earned a promotion after destroying Triple-A in 49 games in '09, and has had the most distinguished career of the group ever since.

1/27/2015 | Pirates bolster farm in dealing Snider to O's

Travis Snider, a force the last two months of the season who stood to be pushed out of right field by Gregory Polanco's potential, was dealt on Tuesday by the Pirates to the Baltimore Orioles. Since December's Winter Meetings, the Pirates have been looking for a way to turn Snider, 26, into prospects. Stephen Tarpley, a 21-year-old left-hander, and a player to be named, possibly another lower-level Minor League pitcher, were acquired in the deal.

1/27/2015 | Radio, TV, web have Pirates' spring covered

The surest sound of spring -- not the chirping of robins but the crack of bat meeting ball -- will waft over Pittsburgh airwaves at 1:05 p.m. ET on March 3. The Pirates' Grapefruit League opener against Toronto in Dunedin, Fla., will air on KDKA FM, the first of the full broadcast schedule of 29 exhibitions.

1/23/2015 | Pitching projects hope to revitalize careers with Pirates

A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, Mark Melancon and Edinson Volquez have all been rejuvenated in the Bucs' Spring Training camp. A couple of other faded 30-something projects, Clayton Richard and Radhames Liz, are now dipping their toes in the pool.

1/20/2015 | Prospect Tucker talks about playing through torn ligament

The Pirates knew Cole Tucker was good. That is why they made the Phoenix shortstop their top pick in last summer's First-Year Player Draft. Now the Bucs know Tucker is also gutsy, a real gamer. He played his last 37 games with the Gulf Coast Pirates with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb -- which he had surgically repaired on Oct. 1.

1/20/2015 | Pirates have clean slate to find right cleanup man

In his four seasons of managing the Pirates, Clint Hurdle has gone through nearly as many cleanup hitters as wads of chewing gum. Eleven different players have started more than 10 games in that spot since 2011. Coming up with that serviceable No. 4 hitter will be one of Spring Training's main projects, both for production and protection for Andrew McCutchen.

1/20/2015 | Harrison holds MLK Day baseball camp for kids

Pirates utility man Josh Harrison spent his Martin Luther King Jr. Day with his brother and a group of Minor Leaguers, running a baseball camp for Cincinnati-area children.

1/19/2015 | Kang trains in Arizona ahead of Pirates' camp

Even without knowing he wears uniform No. 16 or being increasingly familiar with his visage, Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang was easy to pick out on Field No. 5.

1/19/2015 | Cervelli embracing opportunity to start for Bucs

When Francisco Cervelli made his rounds at PirateFest shortly before Christmas, he was well-dressed, well-spoken and well-received. The 28-year-old catcher -- who was acquired from the New York Yankees last November -- moved about the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with a smile on his face as he exchanged pleasantries with fans, members of the media and several of his new teammates.

1/16/2015 | Melancon, eight other Pirates avoid arbitration

In tune with the busiest fiscal day on the baseball calendar, the Pirates spent Friday crossing names one-by-one off the list 12 cases on their arbitration ledger.

1/16/2015 | Kang signing a risk worth taking for Pirates

While no position player from the Korean Baseball Organization has yet made an impact in the big leagues, the Pirates' relatively modest investment in slugger Jung Ho Kang could ultimately result in a huge payoff.

1/16/2015 | Bucs, Kang make it official with 4-year deal

After passing his team physical, Jung Ho Kang officially became a member of the Pirates by signing a four-year, $11 million deal on Friday.

1/16/2015 | Brief break helped Little recharge for return to bigs

Grady Little, after a brief but very successful run as a Major League manager, went on to coach at Hickory Grove Christian School in Charlotte, N.C. for seven years before getting an offer to return to the big leagues as a senior adviser in the Pirates' baseball operations department.

1/15/2015 | Treanor to manage Triple-A Indians for fifth year

Dean Treanor's return to Indianapolis was confirmed Thursday when the Pirates announced the full roster of managers and coaches for their eight Minor League affiliates.

1/15/2015 | Mercer welcomes confident Kang in position battle

Jordy Mercer spent the week at Pirate City, taking the opportunity to get back on the field and shake off some rust while knowing Spring Training is still a month away. He also is preparing to battle Jung-ho Kang for the starting shortstop role.

1/14/2015 | Kang gets big sendoff, packs high expectations

Jung-ho Kang, who is scheduled to undergo a physical on Thursday before he signs his four-year contract with the Pirates, received a frenzied sendoff in South Korea before departing for Pittsburgh.

1/13/2015 | Former Negro Leaguer Long passes away

Carl Long, who broke the Carolina League's color barrier in 1956, died Monday from an illness resulting from a stroke he suffered last fall. He was 79.

1/13/2015 | Returning from pair of injuries, Morton back on mound

Given the amount of time he's spent on the disabled list the past few years, Charlie Morton has grown used to pitching at unusual times, often alone and in front of more eyes than usual. That was the case Tuesday morning, as Morton toed the rubber of a bullpen mound at Pirate City during the second day of the Pirates' four-day mini-camp.

1/13/2015 | GM hopes Bucs can settle all 12 arb-eligible cases

The Pirates had 12 players file for salary arbitration before Tuesday's midnight ET deadline, tied with the Nationals for the most in the big leagues. Between now and when hard numbers have to be submitted on Friday, the Bucs could settle with all 12.

1/13/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Glasnow will lead Minors in K's

After finished eighth in the Minor Leagues in strikeouts in 2014 with 157, despite not making his first start until April 25 and being brought along slowly because he was returning from a back issue, Pirates righty prospect is expected to lead the Minors in Ks in 2015 according to's Jonathan Mayo.

1/12/2015 | Former big leaguer Carroll hired as special assistant

Jamey Carroll, whose 12-year career as a versatile and vagabond infielder ended last year, has joined the Pirates' expanding baseball-operations department to begin a new career. Carroll was hired Monday as a special assistant.

1/12/2015 | Kang heading to Pittsburgh for physical this week

The Nexen Heroes and their shortstop, Jung-ho Kang, are on their way to the United States. But most of the Korean club will stop at its Surprise, Ariz., preseason camp, while Kang will keep going to Pittsburgh for a physical that could formally make him a member of the Pirates.

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