Pittsburgh Pirates All-Time Roster

This is the Pittsburgh Pirates all-time roster. I decided to select two players for each infield position, six outfielders (regardless of specific position), and one designated hitter for each AL team. Hitters had to have a minimum of 1,500 plate appearance. For pitching, we selected seven starting pitchers, three non-closers, and two closers. Starting pitchers had to start at least 100 games during their time with the franchise to qualify. Relief pitchers were deemed non-closers if they saved less than 30 games. Closers are pitchers that save more than 30 games.


  • Catcher – Jason Kendall

    • Age: 22 – 30
    • Years: 1996 – 2004
    Jason Kendall
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    113 .358 30.6 1,252 5,283 706 1,409 256 29 67 471 140 454 403 .306 .387 .418 .805

  • First Base – Elbie Fletcher

    • Age: 23 – 27, 30 – 31
    • Years: 1939 – 1943, 1946 – 1947
    Elbie Fletcher
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    132 .387 22.1 916 3,819 509 875 154 43 60 464 20 625 306 .279 .403 .412 .815

  • Second Base – George Grantham

    • Age: 25 – 31
    • Years: 1925 – 1931
    George Grantham
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    131 .412 22.0 913 3,767 625 992 191 69 74 508 58 488 301 .315 .410 .491 .901

  • Third Base – Bobby Bonilla

    • Age: 23 – 28
    • Years: 1986 – 1991
    Bobby Bonilla
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    132 .365 21.1 843 3,485 483 868 191 35 114 500 24 364 448 .284 .357 .481 .838

  • Shortstop – Honus Wagner

    • Age: 26 – 43
    • Years: 1900 – 1917
    Honus Wagner
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    150 .408 113.8 2,298 9,641 1,414 2,766 506 210 78 1,374 601 836 648 .325 .392 .462 .853

  • Outfield – Roberto Clemente

    • Age: 20 – 37
    • Years: 1955 – 1972
    Roberto Clemente
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    129 .365 94.5 2,433 10,211 1,416 3,000 440 166 240 1,305 83 621 1,230 .317 .359 .475 .834

  • Outfield – Paul Waner

    • Age: 23 – 37
    • Years: 1926 – 1940
    Paul Waner
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    138 .409 68.2 2,154 9,536 1,493 2,868 558 187 109 1,177 100 909 325 .340 .407 .490 .896

  • Outfield – Ralph Kiner

    • Age: 23 – 30
    • Years: 1946 – 1953
    Ralph Kiner
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    154 .438 45.1 1,095 4,732 754 1,097 153 32 301 801 19 795 546 .280 .405 .567 .971

  • Starting Pitcher – Babe Adams

    • Age: 25, 27 – 34, 36 – 44
    • Years: 1907, 1909 – 1916, 1918 – 1926
    Babe Adams
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    85 49.9 481 353 194 139 2.74 2,991.1 205 44 16 1,125 911 428 1,036 3.1 1.090

  • Starting Pitcher – Wilbur Cooper

    • Age: 20 – 32
    • Years: 1912 – 1924
    Wilbur Cooper
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    84 48.0 469 369 202 159 2.74 3,199 263 33 14 1,241 974 762 1,191 3.4 1.199

  • Starting Pitcher – Sam Leever

    • Age: 29 – 38
    • Years: 1901 – 1910
    Sam Leever
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    82 29.3 302 228 157 64 2.31 2,016 179 32 10 721 518 412 627 2.8 1.114

  • Starting Pitcher – Deacon Phillippe

    • Age: 29 – 39
    • Years: 1901 – 1911
    Deacon Phillippe
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    86 25.1 292 218 148 79 2.46 2,007 180 24 11 766 548 257 786 3.5 1.081

  • Starting Pitcher – Vic Willis

    • Age: 30 – 33
    • Years: 1906 – 1909
    Vic Willis
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    84 20.9 160 146 89 46 2.08 1,209 108 23 3 359 280 297 423 3.1 1.082

  • Relief Pitcher – Mike Gonzalez

    • Age: 25 – 28
    • Years: 2003 – 2006
    Mike Gonzalez
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    55 5.6 168 0 7 9 2.37 155.2 0 0 28 42 41 74 183 10.6 1.221

  • Relief Pitcher – Tony Watson

    • Age: 26 – 32
    • Years: 2011 – 2017
    Tony Watson
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    70 9.0 450 0 31 16 2.68 433 0 0 30 137 129 121 380 7.9 1.088

  • Closer – Mark Melancon

    • Age: 28 – 31
    • Years: 2013 – 2016
    Mark Melancon
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    48 7.9 267 0 10 10 1.80 260.1 0 0 130 62 52 42 241 8.3 0.926

    Bench

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2 comments

  • I am a long-time Pirate fan. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon this page, but if this guy seriously thinks Elbie Fletcher, George Grantham, etc, are all-time Pirate greats, then he is nuts. Look at the guys he has on the “Bench”, or not even on the team, like Mazeroski. Compare them to the players he thinks belong in the starting lineup. Was this an April Fools Day joke or something?

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