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Pittsburgh Pirates: Arbitration Eligible Pitchers, Who Stays?

Photo Credit:  Yesterday we looked at the arbitration eligible position players for the Pittsburgh Pirates, how they performed in 2021 and whether or not they should be brought back based off their projected salary. Today we will look at the pitchers, which is a shorter list than position players. Four pitchers are arbitration eligible, and while there are some position players that are obvious, the picture on the mound is a little less clear. Chasen Shreve - 3-3 3.20 ERA 4.73 FIP 1.26 WHIP 7.19 K/9 4.26 BB/9 - $2.3 million - Keep This was actually harder than it seemed at first. Shreve was one of the go to arms in the Pirates bullpen this season, and while there was a lot to like (ERA, WHIP, .209 opponent's average), there were also times where he looked like he didn't belong on a major league roster. That's life as a major league reliever, which produces some of the craziest waves in professional sports. There may be a little bit more for Shreve to give, as his K

Arizona Fall League Update: Roansy Contreras Starts, Pitches One Inning In Peoria Loss

 The Peoria Javelinas were unable to build upon their biggest offensive output on the season, dropping their game to the Surprise Saguaros on Wednesday by the score of 5-1. Nick Gonzales was the only hitter of the Pittsburgh Pirates' prospects position players to play today, batting second and playing second base again. He went 1 for 2 with a walk on the day, the hit being a single. Roansy Contreras started, but only pitched a single inning that he struggled to get through. He threw 35 pitches in that lone inning, only 18 of which went for strikes. He gave up a two-run home run, which accounted for the runs he allowed, walking one and striking out one. Former 11th round pick Michael Burrows didn't have the best of outings either, allowing three runs in 2 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits and a walk but struck out three batters. Bear Bellomy and Carmen Mlodzinski also pitched in relief for the Javelinas, throwing scoreless innings. Bellomy threw 2 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, wal

Pittsburgh Pirates: Arbitration Eligible Position Players, Who Stays?

Photo Credit:  With the World Series getting under way on Tuesday, that means we are that much closer to the offseason. While it has come out lately that the likelihood of a work stoppage is nearly inevitable, that doesn't mean teams will stop preparing for the next season, whenever that may be. One of the things the Pittsburgh Pirates will have to decide on is who of their arbitration eligible player they will tender offers too. Some decisions will be easy, and to an extent you can see a scenario in which each player will return to the organization in some capacity.  The Pirates could opt to not offer arbitration to a player, which would then make them a free agent. They could always bring them back as a non roster player, and have them compete for a spot during Spring Training. While the player could sign with any team at that point, the Pirates would still present a better opportunity for them to remake the major league roster out of camp compared to some of the other or

Arizona Fall League Update: Nick Gonzales With Four Hits As Peoria's Offense Explodes

 Looks like the extra day off for the Peoria Javelinas did them good, as the they topped the Mesa Solar Sox  with their biggest offensive output of the young Arizona Fall League season. All three Pittsburgh Pirates' position prospects played and scored a run each, all though not all of them recorded hits. Ji-Hwan Bae batted lead off and was the team's designated hitter, and eventually added another hit and two runs to his ledger. He scored both of his runs on Bryson Scott hits in back-to-back innings in the first and second. After Bae in the lineup, Nick Gonzales hit second and recorded four hits on the day, driving in two runs and scoring one himself. He hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Canaan Smith-Njigba drew another walk, his ninth of the AFL which puts him in a tie for the third most in the league. Otherwise he went 0 for 4 with a strikeout on the day. The Javelinas continue their AFL schedule on Wednesday with an afternoon game against the Surpris

Arizona Fall League Update: Quiet Night For Pirates' Prospect As Peoria Loses Another Game

 This one got ugly pretty quickly for the Peoria Javelinas, dropping their game against the Surprise Saguaros by the score of 10-6. It was a pretty quiet night for the prospects from the Pittsburgh Pirates, especially when looking at the night before. Only two players got into the game, and neither really did anything to stand out on Saturday. Ji-Hwan Bae led off for the Javelinas but this time slotted in as the team's designated hitter. He recorded a lone hit on the night, finishing 1 for 5 with a strikeout. The only other Pirate to play was second baseman Nick Gonzales, who went hitless on five at bats, striking out twice himself. Both Bae and Gonzales recorded the last two outs of the game in the top of the ninth inning. They weren't expected to come to bat again, but Peoria scored four runs in the frame to allow the duo to get another at bat in. They both flew out to end the game. One of the notable players in the game overall should come with a familiar last name if you fo

Arizona Fall League Update: Canaan Smith-Njigba Reaches Base Four Times In Peoria Win

Photo Credit: Jesse Kirkendall   A little bit of a late update, still not feeling 100%, but it was a busy night for the Pittsburgh Pirates' prospects in the Arizona Fall League so still wanted to talk about it a little bit. The Peoria Javelinas won a high scoring contest Friday night, defeating the Scottsdale Scorpion 10-8. Carmen Mlodzinski became the second of the four Pirates' pitching prospects to earn a win in the AFL, after pitching 2 1/3 innings in relief, and following Michael Burrows victory earlier in the week. Mlodzinski allowed a home run among his two hits surrendered, accounting for the lone run on his ledger. He also recorded a strikeout while throwing 23 of his 32 pitches for strikes. It was his second appearance of the AFL, the other being earlier in the week where all four pitchers played. Bear Bellomy was the other pitcher to play on Friday, throwing the ninth inning to close things out. He allowed two runs on two hits, while also walking two and recording a