The Pirates not only will face a lot of difficult decisions in removing players from the 40-man roster, but also in adding them. Two factors contributing to the crunch are the numerous trades in which the team acquired prospects and surprising seasons from several players who’ve been around a while. What follows is a list of the more significant players in the system who will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, as well as a few players who’d be eligible for free agency if not placed on the roster.
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Eric Fryer – Fryer has had a big season at Bradenton, hitting for power and average, and showing good plate discipline. Unfortunately, he also missed a third of the season when he fell prey to the hit-in-the-face syndrome that’s been sweeping the team’s far system. Fryer’s a good defensive catcher; he’s thrown out over 40% of opposing base stealers in 2010 and 37% in 2009. Although he turn...
Wilbur Miller joined the site in July 2010. He has long been known for his excellent Player Profiles, which he brought to the site in February 2011, combining them with the existing Pirates Prospects Player Pages. Wilbur maintains the player pages section of the site, and provides regular articles to the main portion of the site, including a weekly Prospects Trend piece, featuring the best and worst prospects from the previous week.