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Long-Time Coming

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Luis Cruz was little more than an agate line in the transactions column last winter when the Pirates signed him as a minor league free agent. However, the infielder made headlines in the Pirates farm system and showed enough in his first taste of the major leagues during a September callup that he has a decent chance of making the Opening Day roster next year.

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Not All About Stats

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Neal Huntington looked past the statistics when Phil Dumatrait hit the waiver wire last October. The lefthander made six starts for Cincinnati last season and went 0-4, 15.00 while pitching a total of 18 innings. Yet that did not deter Huntington, the freshly minted Pirates general manager, from claiming Dumatrait.

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Passed Adversity

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Andrew McCutchen hasn't encountered much adversity while playing baseball. However, the 21-year-old center fielder had some rough times last season when the Pirates jumped him to Double-A Altoona from low Class A following a spring training in which he was so impressive that some in the front office reportedly pushed for him to be in the major league lineup on Opening Day.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates