Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Notes: Frankie; Prospect Honors; Ex-Bucs; MLB & Clemente; Staff Moves

Yes, baby - 23 days until the Pirates start spring training!

Frankie (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)
  • Dave Jauss was named officially as the Bucco bench coach, a position he held ex facto last season. Brad Fischer remains as a "major league coach." Geez, couldn't the FO could come up with a better title for ol' Brad? They also made a couple of administrative moves, the most noteworthy being Kevan Graves, formerly the director of baseball ops, now becoming an assistant GM.
  • Bronson Arroyo is still tossing, and apparently the Bucs were looking although Arroyo ended up signing a minor league deal w/invite to camp sweetened with MLB incentive $ with Washington.
  • MLB Pipeline chose Josh Bell as baseball's #2 1B prospect. Reese McGuire and Elias Diaz rank #4 and #6 in the catcher rankings. Ke'Bryan Hayes rates #5 among 3B while 2B Alen Hanson checks in at #6 for his position..
  • SS Gift Ngoepe will play for South Africa in this year's World Baseball Classic. His club's qualifier is slated for February 11-14th in Sydney. The winner of that pool will play in the March 2017 WBC.
  • Speaking of Gift, the Pirates signed his 18 year old brother Victor, a SS who played in the 2015 U18 World Cup for South Africa.
  • Zain Pyarelli of Baseball Essentials looks at some potential AL landing spots for the yet unsigned Pedro Alvarez.
  • Bobby LaFromboise was DFA'ed by the Angels, which had claimed him earlier in the off season. But vanquish thoughts of a reunion; the Phils claimed him.
  • Jaff Decker signed a MiLB deal with Tampa Bay.
  • Gaby Sanchez, 32, after a year in Japan (he hit .226 there), has signed a MiLB w/camp invite deal with the Seattle Mariners.
  • Buster Olney of ESPN thinks MLB should retire Roberto Clemente's number "for all teams and for all time."

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