Steven Pearce and Serguey Linares represented the Pittsburgh Pirates at Sunday's XM All-Star Futures Game, hosted by the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
Pearce is making a name for himself thanks to a strong first half of the 2007 season. He started the year with Single-A Lynchburg before being promoted to Altoona, and before long, he should be making his Triple-A debut with Indianapolis. The short, stocky first baseman has a power stroke from the right-hand side of the plate. Through 296 at-bats, Pearce has 22 home runs and 76 RBI.
Pearce went 0 for 1 with a walk in the Futures Game, and started at first for the USA team.
Serguey Linares, a Cuban defector, was signed by the Pirates this past off-season. He's been rather unimpressive so far in his brief professional career. As Wilbur notes, "It's interesting that the Pirates will spend [$125,000] on a long shot Cuban pitcher but won't invest nearly as much in any Dominican or Venezuelan prospect. They seem unwilling to m...
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