Ryan Doumits trots around first after hitting a homer against the Mets. Why would Doumit choose not attend the Bucs minicamp?

Pirates Huntington Has One Goal


The Pittsburgh Pirates start minicamp tomorrow in Bradenton.  We took a look at the invites last week and notably who wasn’t in attendance.  The players we focused on were the veterans such as Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder. 


Today we learn that Paul Maholm will also be absent.  What a shame. 

The Pirates GM Neal Huntington was quoted today by Rob Beirtempfel of the Trib.  He was aked about the lack of attendance to the non mandatory offseason camp by members of his team.

“In a perfect world, we’d have everybody (attend), that’s the goal. Short of that, no, I’m not happy with the turnout.”—-Neal Huntington

Rob will be tweeting during the minicamp so be sure to jump on Twitter.  We learned today that Tony Sanchez will be in attendance and also the Bucs are out on Brian Fuentes.  Here is his tweet on Fuentes:

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  • Eugene Tober

    Even if Bucs sign Anthony Rendon quickly he should start no higher than State College. Then to Winter Ball and if he makes satisfactory progress Altoona. If not one of tne Class-A teams. Then in 2013 start in Indy,if warranted, otherwise Altoona. Possibly a September call-up in 2013 if not feasible 2014. I’ve seen too many can’t misses fail for the Buccos to do otherwise.

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      Good stuff man. Very true. It would be nice to see him stay healthy, get Rice to Omaha, and entirely dominate college baseball this year before we annoint him the Pirates RF or 3B of the future as well. If he can accomplish all of those things Bob Nutting will be stroking a big, big check.

  • Eugene Tober

    I am glad you like my thoughts. Let’s hope Rendon stays healthy and leads Rice far in the college season. To the College World Series. To Mr, Nutting continue with your open wallet policy to sign Anthony Rendon quickly.

  • Eugene Tober

    The number one reason not to bring Anthony Rendon up too quickly is inexperience using wooden bats. Even if he’s played in a summer league, such as the Cape Cod Summer League, he has done most of his hitting with an aluminum bat.