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The 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the franchise's 134th season overall, the 129th season as a member of National League, and 15th season at PNC Park. The regular season began with a loss at Great American Ball Park against the Cincinnati Reds on April 6 and ended with a win against the Reds at PNC Park on October 4. The Pirates finished the regular season with the second best record in baseball, finishing in second place for the third consecutive year in the National League Central Division with 98 wins and 64 losses.

2015 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Location
Results
Record98–64 (.605)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Robert Nutting
General manager(s)Neal Huntington
Manager(s)Clint Hurdle
Local televisionRoot Sports Pittsburgh
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The Pirates clinched their third consecutive playoff berth on September 23, finishing second in their division behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The team secured one of two NL Wild Card spots. The Pirates lost to the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 National League Wild Card Game on October 7 and were, as a result, eliminated from the 2015 postseason.

Four members of the 2015 Pirates were selected to represent the National League in the All-Star Game, including pitcher A. J. Burnett for the first time in his career in his final major league season. In addition, one player was named NL Player of the Month: Andrew McCutchen in August, one was named NL Rookie of the Month: Jung-ho Kang in July, and one was named NL Pitcher of the Month: Gerrit Cole in April. On October 2, the penultimate game of the regular season, the Pirates set a PNC Park season attendance record for the second consecutive year at 2,498,596, beating the record set in 2014 (2,442,564).[2]

Contents

Season standingsEdit

National League CentralEdit

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 0.617 55–26 45–36
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 2 53–28 45–36
Chicago Cubs 97 65 0.599 3 49–32 48–33
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 32 34–47 34–47
Cincinnati Reds 64 98 0.395 36 34–47 30–51


National League playoff standingsEdit

Division Leaders W L Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 0.617
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568
New York Mets 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 +1
Chicago Cubs 97 65 0.599
San Francisco Giants 84 78 0.519 13
Washington Nationals 83 79 0.512 14
Arizona Diamondbacks 79 83 0.488 18
San Diego Padres 74 88 0.457 23
Miami Marlins 71 91 0.438 26
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 29
Colorado Rockies 68 94 0.420 29
Atlanta Braves 67 95 0.414 30
Cincinnati Reds 64 98 0.395 33
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 0.389 34


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2015 National League Records

Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL LAD MIA MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 3–3 2–4 6–1 13–6 6–13 5–2 5–2 2–5 2–4 1–5 9–10 11–8 0–7 3–4 11–9
Atlanta 3–3 1–6 3–4 1–6 3–3 10–9 5–2 8–11 11–8 2–4 2–5 3–4 4–2 5–14 6–14
Chicago 4–2 6–1 13–6 4–2 3–4 3–3 14–5 7–0 2–5 11–8 3–3 5–2 8–11 4–3 10–10
Cincinnati 1–6 4–3 6–13 2–4 1–6 3–4 9–10 0–7 4–2 11–8 2–4 2–5 7–12 5–1 7–13
Colorado 6–13 6–1 2–4 4–2 8–11 2–5 5–1 0–7 5–2 1–6 7–12 11–8 3–4 3–3 5–15
Los Angeles 13–6 3–3 4–3 6–1 11–8 4–2 4–3 3–4 5–2 1–5 14–5 8–11 2–5 4–2 10–10
Miami 2–5 9–10 3–3 4–3 5–2 2–4 4–2 8–11 9–10 1–6 2–5 5–2 1–5 9–10 7–13
Milwaukee 2–5 2–5 5–14 10–9 1–5 3–4 2–4 3–3 7–0 10–9 5–2 1–5 6–13 3–4 8–12
New York 5–2 11–8 0–7 7–0 7–0 4–3 11–8 3–3 14–5 0–6 2–4 3–3 3–4 11–8 9–11
Philadelphia 4–2 8–11 5–2 2–4 2–5 2–5 10–9 0–7 5–14 2–5 5–1 1–5 2–5 7–12 8–12
Pittsburgh 5–1 4–2 8–11 8–11 6–1 5–1 6–1 9–10 6–0 5–2 5–2 6–1 9–10 3–4 13–7
San Diego 10–9 5–2 3–3 4–2 12–7 5–14 5–2 2–5 4–2 1–5 2–5 8–11 4–3 2–5 7–13
San Francisco 8–11 4–3 2–5 5–2 8–11 11–8 2–5 5–1 3–3 5–1 1–6 11–8 2–4 4–3 13–7
St. Louis 7–0 2–4 11–8 12–7 4–3 5–2 5–1 13–6 4–3 5–2 10–9 3–4 4–2 4–2 11–9
Washington 4–3 14–5 3–4 1–5 3–3 2–4 10–9 4–3 8–11 12–7 4–3 5–2 3–4 2–4 8–12


Detailed recordsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

AprilEdit

  • April 8 – Offseason bidding acquisition Jung-ho Kang makes his MLB debut after nine years playing in the South Korean KBO League.
  • April 9 – The Pirates are swept by the Cincinnati Reds in the first series of the regular season.
  • Gerrit Cole is named NL Pitcher of the Month for April
  • The Pirates finish the month with a win/loss record of 12–10, third in the NL Central at 3.5 games out of first.

MayEdit

 
The Pirates play the Reds at PNC Park on May 6.
  • May 26Andrew McCutchen (OF) is named NL Player of the Week for the week ending May 24.[3]
  • The Pirates finish the month with a win/loss record of 26–24, third in the NL Central at 7.0 games out of first.

JuneEdit

JulyEdit

AugustEdit

 
The Pirates host the Diamondbacks on August 17.
  • August 10 – Andrew McCutchen is named NL Player of the Week for the second time in 2015 for the week ending August 9.[9]
  • Andrew McCutchen is named NL Player of the Month for August.
  • The Pirates finish the month with a win/loss record of 79–50, second in the NL Central at 5.0 games out of first.

SeptemberEdit

  • September 20 – Mark Melancon records his 47th save of the season, breaking the all-time Pirates franchise record set by Mike Williams in 2002.[10]
  • September 23 – The Pirates clinch their third consecutive playoff berth with an away win against the Colorado Rockies.
  • September 24 – The Pirates achieve a come-from-behind win against the Rockies on the strength of an 8th inning Pedro Alvarez three-run home run, earning the franchise's 10,000th win since joining the National League in 1887.[11]
  • September 26 – The Pirates earn their 95th win of the season, ensuring their best season-end win/loss record since 1992.
  • September 30 – The Cardinals clinch the division, ensuring the Pirates' third consecutive appearance in the NL Wild Card game.[12]

OctoberEdit

  • October 2 – During the final homestand of 2015, the Pirates set a new PNC Park attendance record for the second consecutive year at 2,498,596, a 56,032 increase over 2014.
  • October 4 – At the conclusion of the season, the Pirates had a win/loss record of 98–64, finishing second in the NL Central behind the St. Louis Cardinals with the second-best record in Major League Baseball. The Pirates clinched home-field advantage for the NL Wild Card game on the last day of the season, finishing one game ahead of the Chicago Cubs, whom they would face in the play-in game.

Game logEdit

2015 Game Log: 98–64 (Home: 53–28; Away: 45–36)[13]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Pirates team member

PostseasonEdit

Wild Card GameEdit

  • October 7 – National League Wild Card game – Chicago's Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game, striking out eleven batters and allowed only four hits. The Cubs were paced offensively by Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber, both combining for five hits in seven at bats, each with a home run. Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole gave up two home runs in a game for the first time this season. Cole lasted five innings, striking out four.[14]

Game logEdit

RosterEdit

2015 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Opening Day lineupEdit

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Josh Harrison 3B
Gregory Polanco RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Neil Walker 2B
Starling Marte LF
Pedro Álvarez 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Jordy Mercer SS
Francisco Liriano SP

Disabled listsEdit

15-day disabled listEdit

Player Injury Placed Activated
Brandon Cumpton Tommy John surgery recovery March 27, 2015 May 16, 2015
Chris Stewart Right hamstring March 27, 2015 April 17, 2015
Justin Sellers Left heel March 27, 2015 May 19, 2015
Jaff Decker Left calf strain March 30, 2015 April 18, 2015
Charlie Morton Right hip April 5, 2015 May 25, 2015
Andrew Lambo Plantar fasciitis in his left foot May 4, 2015 June 26, 2015
Corey Hart Left Shoulder Impingement June 24, 2015 July 20, 2015
Rob Scahill Right forearm tightness June 26, 2015 September 1, 2015
Josh Harrison Left thumb injury July 6, 2015 August 21, 2015
Gorkys Hernández Left shoulder discomfort July 13, 2015 July 30, 2015
Jordy Mercer Left knee MCL sprain July 20, 2015 August 23, 2015
A. J. Burnett Right elbow inflammation July 31, 2015 September 10, 2015
Deolis Guerra Left knee inflammation August 7, 2015 September 2, 2015
Travis Ishikawa Lower back strain August 20, 2015 September 7, 2015

60-day disabled listEdit

Player Injury Placed Activated
Brandon Cumpton Tommy John surgery recovery May 16, 2015 October 8, 2015
Justin Sellers Left heel May 19, 2015 July 30, 2015
Andrew Lambo Plantar fasciitis in his left foot June 26, 2015 October 8, 2015
Corey Hart Left shoulder impingement July 20, 2015 October 8, 2015
Casey Sadler Right forearm strain September 1, 2015 October 8, 2015
Deolis Guerra Left knee inflammation September 2, 2015 October 8, 2015
Jung-ho Kang Torn lateral meniscus/fractured tibia (left) September 21, 2015 October 8, 2015

Notable achievementsEdit

AwardsEdit

MilestonesEdit

StatisticsEdit

PlayerEdit

Final stats

Batting
Pitching
Legend

Stats reflect time with the Pirates only.
Denotes player was acquired during season.
Denotes player was relinquished during season.
 Injured reserve.
 Bold Qualified for batting title (3.1 plate appearances per team game) or ERA title (1 inning pitched per team game)

TransactionsEdit

The Pirates were involved in the following transactions during the 2015 season:

  • Black line marks the transition between off season and regular season

TradesEdit

November 11, 2014[24] To Colorado Rockies:

Shane Carle

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Rob Scahill

November 12, 2014[25] To New York Yankees:

Justin Wilson

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Francisco Cervelli

November 23, 2014[26] To Oakland A's:

Ike Davis

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

International Signing Bonus Money

December 1, 2014[27] To Tampa Bay Rays:

PTBNL or Cash Considerations[Note 1]

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Sean Rodriguez

December 10, 2014[28] To Philadelphia Phillies:

Joely Rodriguez

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Antonio Bastardo

January 27, 2015[29] To Baltimore Orioles:

Travis Snider

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Stephen Tarpley
PTBNL[Note 2]

February 3, 2015[30] To Baltimore Orioles:

Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Steve Lombardozzi

February 4, 2015[31] To Miami Marlins:

Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Arquimedes Caminero

February 5, 2015[32] To Atlanta Braves:

Bryton Trepagnier

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Edward Salcedo

April 2, 2015[33] To Milwaukee Brewers:

PTBNL

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Hunter Morris

May 10, 2015 To Toronto Blue Jays:

Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Jayson Aquino

July 3, 2015 To Chicago Cubs:

Clayton Richard

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Cash Considerations

July 23, 2015 [34] To Milwaukee Brewers:

Yhonathan Barrios

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Aramis Ramírez
Cash Considerations

July 29, 2015 [35] To Cleveland Indians:

Jayson Aquino

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Cash Considerations

July 29, 2015 [36] To Kansas City Royals:

Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Joe Blanton

July 30, 2015 [37] To Chicago White Sox:

Justin Sellers

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Cash Considerations or PTBNL

July 30, 2015 [38] To Detroit Tigers:

JaCoby Jones

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Joakim Soria

July 31, 2015 [39] To Seattle Mariners:

Adrian Sampson

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

J. A. Happ

July 31, 2015 [40] To Los Angeles Dodgers:

José Tábata

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Michael Morse
Cash Considerations

Notes

Free agentsEdit

Player Acquired from Lost to Date Contract terms
Dean Anna St. Louis Cardinals November 11, 2014 1 year
A. J. Burnett[41] Philadelphia Phillies November 14, 2014 1 year/$8.5 million
Russell Martin[42] Toronto Blue Jays November 17, 2014 5 year/$82 million
Blake Wood[43] Kansas City Royals November 17, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Brad Lincoln[43] Philadelphia Phillies November 17, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Deolis Guerra[43] Minnesota Twins November 17, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Gustavo Nunez[43] Atlanta Braves November 17, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Jeremy Bleich[43] New York Yankees November 17, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Radhames Liz Toronto Blue Jays November 19, 2014 Minor league contract
Jacob Brigham Atlanta Braves November 20, 2014 Minor league contract
Sebastian Valle Philadelphia Phillies November 20, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Ernesto Frieri[44] Tampa Bay Rays November 26, 2014 1 year/$800,000
Deibinson Romero Minnesota Twins December 1, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Gorkys Hernández Chicago White Sox December 1, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Wirfin Obispo Milwaukee Brewers December 2, 2014 Minor league contract
Clayton Richard Arizona Diamondbacks December 3, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Clint Barmes[45] San Diego Padres December 4, 2014 1 year/$1.6 million
Thomas Field Texas Rangers December 16, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Edinson Vólquez Kansas City Royals December 17, 2014 2 year
Corey Hart[46] Seattle Mariners December 19, 2014 1 year/$2.5 million
Adam Wilk Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim December 23, 2014 Minor league contract[A]
Omir Santos Washington Nationals December 29, 2014 Minor league contract
Nevin Ashley Milwaukee Brewers January 5, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Charlie Leesman Chicago White Sox January 9, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Wilfredo Boscan Boston Red Sox January 9, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Josh Stinson Kia Tigers (KBO League) January 11, 2015 1 year
Jeanmar Gómez Philadelphia Phillies January 12, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Jarek Cunningham Los Angeles Dodgers January 23, 2015 Minor league contract
Chris Volstad Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim January 28, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Wilkin Castillo[47] Los Angeles Dodgers January 28, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
John Axford Colorado Rockies February 2, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Rafael Perez Seattle Mariners February 2, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Jake Elmore Tampa Bay Rays February 9, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Frank Herrmann Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim August 16, 2015 Minor league contract
Travis Snider Baltimore Orioles August 20, 2015 Minor league contract

WaiversEdit

Player Claimed from Lost to Date
Jake Elmore[48] Cincinnati Reds November 7, 2014
Pedro Florimón Washington Nationals November 20, 2014
Josh Lindblom[49] Oakland Athletics December 8, 2014
Preston Guilmet Toronto Blue Jays December 23, 2014
Stolmy Pimentel Texas Rangers April 11, 2015
Travis Ishikawa[50] San Francisco Giants July 5, 2015

SigningsEdit

Player Date Contract terms
Felipe González November 18, 2014 Minor league contract
Junior Sosa November 18, 2014 Minor league contract
Marek Minárik November 18, 2014 Minor league contract
Tyler Sample November 18, 2014 Minor league contract
Miguel Pérez November 20, 2014 Minor league contract
Francisco Diaz December 4, 2014 Minor league contract
Francisco Liriano December 10, 2014 3 year/$39 million
Radhames Liz December 12, 2014 1 year
Adrian Sampson January 9, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Gift Ngoepe January 9, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Keon Broxton January 9, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Mel Rojas, Jr. January 9, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Stetson Allie January 9, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Tyler Glasnow January 9, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Antonio Bastardo January 16, 2015 1 year/$3.1 million
Chris Stewart January 16, 2015 1 year/$1.2 million
Francisco Cervelli January 16, 2015 1 year/$987,000
Josh Harrison January 16, 2015 1 year/$2.8 million
Jung-ho Kang January 16, 2015 4 year/$11 million
Mark Melancon January 16, 2015 1 year/$5.4 million
Sean Rodriguez January 16, 2015 1 year/$1.9 million
Tony Watson January 16, 2015 1 year/$1.7 million
Travis Snider January 16, 2015 1 year/$2.1 million
Jared Hughes January 16, 2015 1 year/$1.1 million
Josh Wall January 30, 2015 Minor league contract[A]
Neil Walker February 7, 2015 1 year/$8 million
Vance Worley February 10, 2015 1 year/$2.45 million
Vince Deyzel February 12, 2015 Minor league contract
Pedro Álvarez February 19, 2015 1 year/$5.75 million
Alen Hanson March 4, 2015 1 year
Andrew Lambo March 4, 2015 1 year
Arquimedes Caminero March 4, 2015 1 year
Bobby LaFromboise March 4, 2015 1 year
Brandon Cumpton March 4, 2015 1 year
Casey Sadler March 4, 2015 1 year
Elías Díaz March 4, 2015 1 year
Gerrit Cole March 4, 2015 1 year
Gregory Polanco March 4, 2015 1 year
Jaff Decker March 4, 2015 1 year
Jameson Taillon March 4, 2015 1 year
Jeff Locke March 4, 2015 1 year
John Holdzkom March 4, 2015 1 year
Jordy Mercer March 4, 2015 1 year
Justin Sellers March 4, 2015 1 year
Nick Kingham March 4, 2015 1 year
Pedro Florimón March 4, 2015 1 year
Rob Scahill March 4, 2015 1 year
Stolmy Pimentel March 4, 2015 1 year
Tony Sanchez March 4, 2015 1 year
Willy Garcia March 4, 2015 1 year
Josh Harrison April 8, 2015 3 year

OtherEdit

Name Date Details
Brad Fischer November 5, 2014 Hired to Coaching Staff
Ramon Cabrera November 24, 2014 Released
Andy Oliver December 11, 2014 Lost in Rule 5 Major League Draft (to Phillies)
Luis Urena December 11, 2014 Lost in Rule 5 AAA Draft (to Rays)
Tyler Waldron December 11, 2014 Lost in Rule 5 AAA Draft (to Cardinals)
Josh Lindblom December 19, 2014 Released
Jamey Carroll January 12, 2015 Hired as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations
Brian Esposito January 15, 2015 Hired as Minor League Manager
Dru Scott January 15, 2015 Hired as AA Trainer
Furey Leva January 15, 2015 Hired as AA Strength And Conditioning Coach
Justin Meccage January 15, 2015 Promoted to AA Pitching Coach
Kevin Riggs January 15, 2015 Hired as AA Hitting Coach
Mendy López January 15, 2015 Hired as Dominican League Manager
Michael Ryan January 15, 2015 Hired as Minor League Manager
Tom Prince January 15, 2015 Promoted to AA Manager
Wyatt Toregas January 15, 2015 Hired as Minor League Manager
Michael Clemens January 16, 2015 Released (From R)
Drew Maggi March 9, 2015 Released (From AA)
Kevin Ross March 10, 2015 Released (From A)
Walker Gourley March 11, 2015 Retired (From Adv A)
Carlos Ruiz March 20, 2015 Released (From R)
Chris Peacock March 25, 2015 Released
Ashley Ponce March 26, 2015 Released (From Adv A)
Nate Baker March 26, 2015 Released (From AA)
Ryan Beckman March 26, 2015 Released (From AA)
Zack Von Rosenberg March 26, 2015 Released (From A)
D.J. Crumlich March 31, 2015 Released (From Adv A)
Matt Nevarez March 31, 2015 Released (From AA)
Andrew Dennis April 1, 2015 Released (From R)
Colter Moore April 1, 2015 Released (From R)
Raul Fortunato April 1, 2015 Released (From Adv A)
Remy De Aza April 1, 2015 Released (From R)
Will Kendall April 1, 2015 Released (From A)
Danny Collins April 1, 2015 Released (From A)
Joan Montero April 1, 2015 Released
Taylor Lewis April 1, 2015 Released
Dwight Childs April 5, 2015 Released (From AA)
Miguel Perez April 5, 2015 Released (From AA)
Stolmy Pimentel April 10, 2015 Waived
Cory Rhodes April 13, 2015 Released (From R)
Jonathan Sandfort April 13, 2015 Released (From R)
Legend
  • A – invited to training camp

Draft picksEdit

2015 Top 10 Rounds Draft Picks[51]
Rd # Player Pos DOB and Age School Signed
1 19 Kevin Newman SS (1993-08-04)August 4, 1993 (aged 21) University of Arizona (AZ) June 15, 2015
CB A 32[a] Ke'Bryan Hayes 3B (1997-01-28)January 28, 1997 (aged 18) Concordia Lutheran High School (TX) June 16, 2015
2 62 Kevin Kramer SS (1993-10-03)October 3, 1993 (aged 21) University of California, Los Angeles (CA) June 16, 2015
3 96 Casey Hughston LF (1994-06-09)June 9, 1994 (aged 20) University of Alabama (AL) June 18, 2015
4 127 Jacob Taylor RHP (1995-07-05)July 5, 1995 (aged 19) Pearl River Community College (MS) June 18, 2015
5 157 Brandon Waddell LHP (1994-06-03)June 3, 1994 (aged 21) University of Virginia (VA) July 16, 2015
6 187 Jonathan Brubaker RHP (1993-11-17)November 17, 1993 (aged 21) University of Akron (OH) June 12, 2015
7 217 Mitchell Tolman 3B (1994-06-04)June 4, 1994 (aged 21) University of Oregon (OR) June 18, 2015
8 247 Seth McGarry RHP (1994-01-05)January 5, 1994 (aged 21) Florida Atlantic University (FL) June 12, 2015
9 277 Bret Helton RHP (1993-07-25)July 25, 1993 (aged 21) University of Utah (UT) June 12, 2015
10 307 Logan Sendelbach RHP (1994-05-05)May 5, 1994 (aged 21) Tiffin University (OH) June 18, 2015
Notes

Farm systemEdit

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