2016 Pittsburgh Pirates season

2016 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Record 78–83 (.484)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) Robert Nutting
General manager(s) Neal Huntington
Manager(s) Clint Hurdle
Local television Root Sports Pittsburgh
Local radio KDKA-FM
Pittsburgh Pirates Radio Network
(Steve Blass, Joe Block, Greg Brown, Bob Walk, John Wehner)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the franchise's 135th season overall, the 130th season as a member of National League, and 16th season at PNC Park. The regular season started with a win at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 3 and ended with a loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 2. The Pirates finished the regular season third in the National League Central Division with 78 wins, 83 losses, and 1 tie. For the first time since the 2012 season, the Pirates finished with a losing record and did not qualify for the postseason.

Two members of the 2016 Pirates were selected to represent the National League in the All-Star Game: pitcher Mark Melancon and outfielder Starling Marte. In addition, two players were named NL Player of the Week: infielder Jung-ho Kang and utility player Sean Rodriguez, both in September.

Season standings

National League Central

National League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 10358 0.640 57–24 46–34
St. Louis Cardinals 8676 0.531 17½ 38–43 48–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 7883 0.484 25 38–42 40–41
Milwaukee Brewers 7389 0.451 30½ 41–40 32–49
Cincinnati Reds 6894 0.420 35½ 38–43 30–51

National League playoff standings

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Chicago Cubs 10358 0.640
Washington Nationals 9567 0.586
Los Angeles Dodgers 9171 0.562
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
New York Mets 8775 0.537
San Francisco Giants 8775 0.537
St. Louis Cardinals 8676 0.531 1
Miami Marlins 7982 0.491
Pittsburgh Pirates 7883 0.484
Colorado Rockies 7587 0.463 12
Milwaukee Brewers 7389 0.451 14
Philadelphia Phillies 7191 0.438 16
Arizona Diamondbacks 6993 0.426 18
Atlanta Braves 6893 0.422 18½
San Diego Padres 6894 0.420 19
Cincinnati Reds 6894 0.420 19

Record vs. opponents

2016 National League Records

Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Arizona 5–22–53–310–97–122–43–45–14–31–510–96–134–32–55–15
Atlanta 2–53–33–41–61–511–72–510–911–83–44–23–42–44–158–12
Chicago 5–23–315–42–44–34–311–82–55–114–44–24–310–95–215–5
Cincinnati 3–34–34–155–22–53–411–80–64–29–103–43–39–103–45–15
Colorado 9–106–14–22–57–122–51–56–12–52–510–99–102–44–29–11
Los Angeles 12–75–13–45–212–71–65–24–34–22–511–88–114–25–110–10
Miami 4–27–113–44–35–26–14–27–129–106–13–32–44–39–106–14
Milwaukee 4–35–28–118–115–12–52–42–53–49–103–41–56–134–211–9
New York 1–59–105–26-01–63–412–75–212–73–34–34–33–37–1212–8
Philadelphia 3–48–111–52–45–22–410–94–37–123–45–23–32–55–1411–9
Pittsburgh 5–14–34–1410–95–25–21–610–93–34–33–34–39–102–49–11
San Diego 9–102–42–44–39–108–113–34–33–42–53–38–111–64–36–14
San Francisco 13–64–33–43–310–911–84–25–13–43–33–411–83–43–48–12
St. Louis 3–44–29–1010–94–22–43–413–63–35–210–96–14–32–58–12
Washington 5–215–42–54–32–41–510–92–412–714–54–23–44–35–212–8

Detailed records

Regular season


  • April 3 – The Pirates defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the very first game of the 2016 Major League Baseball season
  • April 6 – The Pirates sweep the Cardinals in the first series of the regular season.
  • The Pirates finish the month with a win/loss record of 15–9, second in the NL Central at 3.0 games out of first.



  • June 7 – After rain forces the first game in a homestand against the New York Mets on June 6 to be postponed, the Pirates sweep a double-header against the Mets. Closing pitcher Mark Melancon records a save in both games.
  • June 8 – Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon makes his MLB debut against the New York Mets, striking out three and allowing three runs in six innings in a loss to the Mets.
  • June 14 – Jameson Taillon earns his first career MLB win in a shutout victory over the New York Mets.
  • June 17 – The Pirates are shut out for the first time in the 2016 season in a loss against the Chicago Cubs.
  • June 24Clint Hurdle earns his 1000th career win as a manager in a Pirates victory at home over the Los Angeles Dodgers.[5]
  • The Pirates finish the month with a win/loss record of 38–41, third in the NL Central at 14.0 games out of first.



  • The Pirates finish the month with a win/loss record of 67–64, third in the NL Central at 17.5 games out of first.


  • September 12 – Jung-ho Kang is named NL Player of the Week for the week ending September 11.[10]
  • September 19 – Sean Rodriguez is named NL co-Player of the Week for the week ending September 18.[11]
  • September 27 – The Pirates lose to the Chicago Cubs and are prevented from qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2012.[12]
  • September 29 – The Pirates and the Cubs tie, 1–1, after the game was called in the 6th inning because of inclement weather. The game was not made up as the result did not impact the playoff race. It was the first tie in MLB since June 2005.[13]
  • The Pirates finish the month with a win/loss record of 78–81, third in the NL Central at 24.0 games out of first.


  • October 1 – The Pirates lose for the 82nd time of the season, against the Cardinals, ensuring the team's first losing season since 2012.
  • October 2 – At the conclusion of the season, the Pirates had a win/loss record of 78–83, finishing third in the NL Central behind the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.

Game log


2016 Pittsburgh Pirates
Pitchers Catchers





  • 86 Heberto Andrade (bullpen catcher)
  • 89 Jordan Comadena (bullpen catcher)

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
John Jaso1B
Andrew McCutchenCF
David Freese3B
Starling MarteLF
Francisco CervelliC
Gregory PolancoRF
Josh Harrison2B
Jordy MercerSS
Francisco LirianoSP

Disabled lists

15-day disabled list

Player Injury Placed Activated
Jung-ho KangLeft Knee InjuryMarch 25, 2016May 6, 2016
Elías DíazRight Elbow StrainMarch 25, 2016May 19, 2016
Jared HughesLeft Lat StrainMarch 25, 2016April 30, 2016
Cory LuebkeRight Hamstring TightnessApril 14, 2016May 15, 2016
Ryan VogelsongFacial FracturesMay 24, 2016June 4, 2016
Arquimedes CamineroLeft Quadriceps StrainMay 25, 2016June 11, 2016
Francisco CervelliBroken Hamate Bone In Left HandJune 11, 2016July 19, 2016
Gerrit ColeRight Triceps Muscle StrainJune 11, 2016July 16, 2016
Chris StewartLeft Knee DiscomfortJuly 4, 2016September 2, 2016
Jameson TaillonRight Shoulder FatigueJuly 5, 2016July 19, 2016
Tyler GlasnowRight Shoulder DiscomfortJuly 24, 2016August 28, 2016
Jung-ho KangLeft Shoulder InjuryAugust 20, 2016September 5, 2016
Gerrit ColePosterior Inflammation of Right ElbowAugust 25, 2016September 12, 2016
Starling MarteBack TightnessOctober 1, 2016October 3, 2016

60-day disabled list

Player Injury Placed Activated
Elías DíazRight Elbow DebridementMay 19, 2016July 23, 2016
Ryan VogelsongFacial FracturesJune 4, 2016August 4, 2016
Elías DíazCellulitis of His Left KneeSeptember 13, 2016November 4, 2016
Chris StewartLeft Knee DiscomfortSeptember 13, 2016November 4, 2016
Gerrit ColeRight Elbow Posterior InflammationSeptember 13, 2016November 4, 2016
A. J. SchugelRight Shoulder DiscomfortSeptember 23, 2016November 4, 2016
Josh HarrisonRight Groin StrainSeptember 26, 2016November 4, 2016

Notable achievements


Rawlings Gold Glove Award

2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

National League Player of the Week Award

Sporting News NL All-Star Team[15]



Updated as of games on September 25, 2016


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)


The Pirates were involved in the following transactions during the 2016 season:


November 25, 2015[18] To Arizona Diamondbacks:

Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Allen Webster

December 9, 2015[19] To New York Mets:

Neil Walker

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Jon Niese

December 12, 2015[20] To Philadelphia Phillies:

Charlie Morton

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

David Whitehead

December 17, 2015[21] To Milwaukee Brewers:

Keon Broxton
Trey Supak

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Jason Rogers

December 21, 2015[22] To Detroit Tigers:

Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Kyle Lobstein

March 27, 2016[23] To Atlanta Braves:

Eric O'Flaherty

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Cash Considerations

June 11, 2016[24] To Los Angeles Angels:

Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Erik Kratz

July 30, 2016[25] To Washington Nationals:

Mark Melancon

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Felipe Rivero
Taylor Hearn

August 1, 2016[26] To New York Yankees:

Two Players To Be Named Later (8/30/16)
Tito Polo
Stephen Tarpley

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Iván Nova

August 1, 2016[27] To Toronto Blue Jays:

Francisco Liriano
Harold Ramirez
Reese McGuire

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Drew Hutchison

August 1, 2016[28] To New York Mets:

Jon Niese

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Antonio Bastardo

August 6, 2016[29] To Seattle Mariners:

Arquimedes Caminero

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Player To Be Named Later and Future Considerations (9/1/16)
Jake Brentz
Pedro Vasquez

August 31, 2016[30] To Baltimore Orioles:

Kyle Lobstein

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Zach Phillips

September 13, 2016[31] To Seattle Mariners:

Player To Be Named Later or Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Wade LeBlanc

September 22, 2016[32] To New York Yankees:

Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Phil Coke

September 26, 2016[33] To Washington Nationals:

Taylor Gushue and Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Chris Bostick

October 5, 2016[34] To Toronto Blue Jays:

Cash Considerations

To Pittsburgh Pirates:

Brady Dragmire

Free agents

Player Acquired from Lost to Date Contract terms
Francisco DiazNew York YankeesNovember 16, 2015Minor league contract
Frank HerrmannPhiladelphia PhilliesNovember 18, 2015Minor league contract
Blake Wood[35]Cincinnati RedsNovember 20, 20151 year
Jake Goebbert[18]San Diego PadresNovember 25, 20151 year
J.A. Happ[36]Toronto Blue JaysNovember 27, 20153 years/$36 million
Cole Figueroa[37]New York YankeesDecember 3, 2015Minor league contract
Joakim Soria[38]Kansas City RoyalsDecember 10, 20153 years/$25 million
Juan Nicasio[39]Los Angeles DodgersDecember 10, 20151 year/$3 million
Ryan Vogelsong[40]San Francisco GiantsDecember 18, 20151 year/$2 million
John Jaso[41]Tampa Bay RaysDecember 23, 20152 years/$8 million
Neftalí Feliz[42]Detroit TigersJanuary 6, 20161 year/$3.9 million
Joe Blanton[43]Los Angeles DodgersJanuary 19, 20161 year/$4 million
Antonio Bastardo[44]New York MetsJanuary 22, 20162 years/$12 million
Jaff DeckerToronto Blue JaysJanuary 22, 2016Minor league contract
Corey HartToronto Blue JaysFebruary 23, 2016Minor league hitting coach
Pedro AlvarezBaltimore OriolesMarch 8, 20161 year/$5.75 million
David Freese[45]Los Angeles AngelsMarch 11, 20161 year/$3 million


Player Claimed from Lost to Date
Andrew Lambo[46]Oakland AthleticsNovember 6, 2015
Guido Knudson[47]Detroit TigersNovember 9, 2015
Bobby LaFromboiseLos Angeles Angels of AnaheimDecember 23, 2015
Yoervis Medina[41]Chicago CubsDecember 23, 2015
A. J. SchugelSeattle MarinersJanuary 19, 2016


Name Date Details
Sean Rodriguez[48]December 15, 20151 year/$2.5 million
Jeff LockeJanuary 14, 20161 year/$3.025 million
Chris StewartJanuary 14, 20162 years/$3 million (contract extension)
Francisco CervelliJanuary 15, 20161 year/$3.5 million
Jordy MercerJanuary 15, 20161 year/$2.075 million
Mark MelanconJanuary 15, 20161 year/$9.65 million
Tony WatsonJanuary 15, 20161 year/$3.45 million
Jared HughesJanuary 15, 20161 year/$2.175 million
Gregory Polanco[49]April 5, 20165 years/$35 million (contract extension)
Francisco CervelliMay 17, 20163 years/$31 million (contract extension)
David Freese[50]August 22, 20162 years/$10.5 million (contract extension)


Name Date Details
Aramis Ramírez[51]November 5, 2015Retired
Matt FordDecember 24, 2015Hired as minor league pitching coach
Rick Sofield[52]October 22, 2016Fired as third base coach
Nick Leyva[53]October 22, 2016Named Senior Advisor to Baseball Operations
Kimera Bartee[54]October 29, 2016Named First Base Coach
Tom Prince[55]October 29, 2016Named Bench Coach
Joey Cora[56]October 29, 2016Named Third Base Coach
Dave Jauss[57]October 29, 2016Named Coach

Draft picks

2016 Top 10 Rounds Draft Picks[58]
Rd # Player Pos DOB and Age School (State) Signed
122Will Craig3BNovember 16, 1994 (aged 21)Wake Forest (NC)
LOT A41Nick LodoloLHPFebruary 5, 1998 (aged 18)Damien High School (CA)
268Travis MacgregorRHPOctober 15, 1997 (aged 18)East Lake High School (FL)
3105Stephen AlemaisSSApril 12, 1995 (aged 21)Tulane (LA)
4135Braeden OgleLHPJuly 30, 1997 (aged 18)Jensen Beach High School (FL)
5165Blake CederlindRHPJanuary 14, 1996 (aged 20)Merced College (CA)
6195Cam VieauxLHPFebruary 5, 1993 (aged 23)Michigan State University (MI)
7225Brent GibbsCSeptember 27, 1994 (aged 21)Central Arizona College (AZ)
8255Dylan ProhoroffRHPNovember 29, 1994 (aged 21)Cal State Fullerton (CA)
9285Clark EaganCFMarch 13, 1995 (aged 21)Arkansas State University (AR)
10315Matthew AndersonRHPJuly 29, 1994 (aged 21)Morehead State University (KY)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians International League Dean Treanor
AA Altoona Curve Eastern League Joey Cora
A-Advanced Bradenton Marauders Florida State League Michael Ryan
A West Virginia Power South Atlantic League Brian Esposito
Short-Season A West Virginia Black Bears New York–Penn League Wyatt Toregas
Rookie Bristol Pirates Appalachian League Edgar Varela
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Milver Reyes
Rookie DSL Pirates Dominican Summer League



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