Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Shorts

-- One Pirate hitter that's been a pleasant surprise is Ronny Cedeno; he's hit .329 in the past four weeks, bringing his overall average up to .266 after a miserable April. He has a nineteen game on-base streak going.

-- Who's the Pirate poster child for versatility? Bobby Crosby has started nineteen times; seven times at short, six times at second, and three times apiece on the corners. He's a one-man infield. Crosby has booted four balls at short, but played the other spots flawlessly.

-- Chris Jakubauskas finally threw off a mound; it's good to see his recovery coming around after his concussion. It takes a long time; he was felled by Lance Berkman's liner on April 24th, over a month ago.

-- Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette penned a plus/minus piece regarding the abilities of JR. GW is noncommittal, at least until he sees the skipper with a major league core to work with.

-- Matthew Glenesk of the Tribune Review writes that the newly effective changeup of Brad Lincoln, once a sorely lacking third pitch, has come around because of Daniel McCutchen's help. McCutch taught Lincoln a new grip; before that, Brad had been using the circle change with iffy results.

-- Baseball America lists Bryan Morris in its Prospect Hot Sheet this week. They summarize that "After battling injuries for most of the last two years, Morris, who features two plus pitches in his fastball and curveball, is finally getting his frontline potential to show through."

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