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Pittsburgh Pirates Mini-Camp: Day Three Discussion Thread


The Pittsburgh Pirates are holding their annual winter mini-camp at Pirate City this week. The four-day event is voluntary for any player on the 40-man roster and also includes non-roster invites to Spring Training. Tim Williams is providing live coverage of the camp. A total of 26 players have shown up, though it’s possible more could arrive.

Today is day three of the camp. You can read about day one and two in the links below, which include videos and pictures. There will be more information coming from mini-camp in the form of articles over the next five weeks, leading up to the beginning of Spring Training (pitchers and catchers report on February 12th). Here are the previous links, along with the players highlighted each day:

Day One – Cole Tucker, Kevin Newman and Ke’Bryan Hayes

Day Two – Jason Martin, Bryan Reynolds, Patrick Kivlehan. Full list of players at camp is included in this link.

We will update this post with any news from the day, plus videos and pictures throughout the morning and early afternoon. Players hit the fields at 10 AM for stretches, before starting baseball activities.

First photo from the day.

Chris Archer and Assistant Pitching Coach Justin Meccage


Stan Lyles, pitching coach for Indianapolis, addresses a group of pitchers, including JT Brubaker, Geoff Hartlieb, Luis Escobar, Brandon Waddell and Alex McRae…videos up shortly.


First video is Geoff Hartlieb, who was featured here during the Arizona Fall League season. He’s one of the hardest throwers in the system, hitting 100 MPH multiple times this past year and at least once in 2017.


Here’s another AFL participant and one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in the system, Blake Weiman


Here’s a photo of Chris Archer throwing, with Ray Searage watching. Video to follow…


Here’s a video I’m sure everyone will be happy to see after he had surgery earlier this off-season. Chris Archer throwing off flat ground.


How about some hitting videos for today? We have three infielders taking swings. We start with Cole Tucker from the left side.


Here’s some from Kevin Newman


Followed by a first look at Will Craig



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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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