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Bucco Fever Returns

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Every Spring, Pirates fans get a sense of hope around themselves. Most years the Pirates will fall short of their playoff hopes by July. Unlike most years the Pirates, have good core players, and youth to their team. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates are back in their Spring Training Home in Bradenton Florida and are looking to make an impact this year.  The Pirates finished with a record of 76-86 last year and want to improve their record this year as they take the big step to contend for a championship. After starting the season with the best record in the National League through April and finishing the final two months with a winning record, the Pittsburgh Pirates will enter spring training with raised expectations. 

They drafted the number 1 overall pick Paul Skeins a 6’6 pitcher from LSU who will add to the pirates pitching rotation. The Pirates also are adding  Aroldis Chapman for 10.5 million dollars for 1 year and signing Mitch Keller to a 5 year extension for 77 million dollars. 

The Pirates spring training record is 11-13, and they are on a three game win streak. With a batting average of .500 and an on-base percentage of .539, Henry Davis is proving his offensive potential early in spring training. Pirates other prospect, Jared Triolo is a 26-year-old infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and is making a strong case for himself as the frontrunner for the standing second base position. Lastly so far in Spring Training, Cruz is batting .355 with seven homers, 14 RBI and a 1.476 OPS in just 31 at-bats.

The Pirates will be taking on the Baltimore Orioles April 5th in their Season Opener. For now the Pirates will continue to play Bradenton Florida, and look to prep for their season. Senior Anthony DeMarco quotes “ I think they are a championship team with a chance at a potential dynasty”.  

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About the Contributor
Parker Donsen
Parker Donsen, Contributor
Parker has been attending Hempfield Area. Parker grew up in New Stanton were he attended Stanwood Elementary.  This is his first year  getting involved with the school in athletics and journalism. He has traveled for baseball all summer going all around the country. Parker likes hanging out with friends and going to the gym in his free time. This summer, he worked for All American Athletics with all of his friends, which is a basketball gym floor company. He plans on continuing his career in college. Parker also went to the beach this summer and continues to love to travel. Parker likes a range of music from rap, country, rock, and hip hop. Some of his favorite bands/ artists being Kendrick Lamar, Zach Bryan, J Cole, and lil baby. He hopes to use this knowledge and experiences to bring ideas to the paper.