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    Pirates Sign International Pitcher Leandro Rodriguez

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed international right handed pitcher Leandro Rodriguez, according to the Dominican Prospect League website.  Rodriguez was signed out of the league for $80,000. Rodriguez is 17 years old, and according to the article, was trained by former major leaguer Denio Gonzalez.  The article mentions that he has a...

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    Mexico Wins Caribbean Series

    The Caribbean Series wrapped up on Monday, as Mexico (Los Yaquis de Obregon) won the championship with a 4-2 record.  Venezuela (Caribes de Anzoategui) finished last, with a 2-4 record.  Both the Dominican team (Toros del Este) and the Puerto Rican team (Criollos de Caguas) finished tied for second place...

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    2011 Top Pirates Prospects: #4 – Stetson Allie

    The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide was released last week, featuring 237 prospect reports, interviews with Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Zack Von Rosenberg, and Zack Dodson, the 2011 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates' farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive...

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    2011 Prospect Guide and Site Updates

    Ever since I announced the 2011 Prospect Guide, I mentioned that the purpose of the book was to help the site grow.  I outlined this in the information and goal of the 2011 prospect guide.  Two of the additions I wanted to make were a quality camera, to provide better images for...

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    Dominicans Fall On Day 5

    The Caribbean Series continues on Sunday:

    Venezuela  3,  Dominican Republic  0  --  Dean Treanor's Dominican team was shut out this afternoon despite posting 8 hits.  They managed only one hit over the first three innings, and that base runner was eliminated with a double play.  The Dominicans had at least...

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    2011 Top Pirates Prospects: #5 – Luis Heredia

    The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide was released last week, featuring 237 prospect reports, interviews with Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Zack Von Rosenberg, and Zack Dodson, the 2011 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates' farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive...

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    Ned Hanlon

    The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. This week John looks at Hall of Famer Ned Hanlon...

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    Caribbean Series Day 4; Bite Advance to Championship Series

    Former Pirate C Carlos Maldonado has signed a minor league contract with the Nationals. 

    In the Caribbean Series:
    Mexico  6,  Dominican Republic  3  --  
    The Dominicans were leading 3-1 going into the 8th inning, but Mexico rallied for 2 runs in the top of the inning to tie the...

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    Filling Out the Farm

    Marte is one of the few minor league free agents the Pirates have added this off-season. One of the less attention-grabbing rituals of the baseball off-season is the signing of minor league free agents. Most or all of the major league teams will sign a significant number of free agents, most of...

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    Mr. Milledge Goes To Chicago; Bite Force Game 3

    A few signing notes for some former Pirates.  Of course the biggest news is that OF Lastings Milledge has signed a minor league deal with the White Sox.  Inf/Of Alfredo Amezaga (Indy Indians 2005) signed with the Rockies for 2011.  Inf Ramon Vazquez has signed with the Cardinals.

    The...

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