Winter League Playoffs 1/23 — Ledezma Earns A Win

Just two playoff games on Monday evening:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  2,  Tiburones de La Guaira  0 The Venezuelan League championship series (best-of-7) opened with a shutout by four Aragua pitchers.  After 6 scoreless innings, with 5 hits, from starter Yusmeiro Petit, Wil Ledezma took over on the mound to begin the 7th.   He gave up a single in that inning, and struck out the first batter of the 8th before being...

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John Sickels Ranks the Pirates Farm System 12th Overall

For the first time ever, John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com has released a ranking of the top farm systems in baseball. Normally Sickels ranks the prospects for each team in the majors and leaves it at that. This year he went a step further to put a ranking on every system in the majors. The Pittsburgh Pirates finished 12th on his list. Go here to read the rankings. Sickels started off with a disclaimer on the ranking process, and...

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Starling Marte Named a Top 10 Outfield Prospect

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com released his top ten outfield prospects today, and had Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte on the list. Marte ranked seventh. Mayo cited Marte’s Eastern League batting title in 2011, along with his increase in power as strengths. He also brought up that the Pirates could have a good problem on their hands in about a year with Marte and Andrew McCutchen potentially in the same outfield. The...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/22 — Venezuelan Tie Sorted Out

A few Pirates’ players and friends in Sunday’s winter league playoff action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  8,  Criollos de Caguas  5 This was the wrap-up of the game that was suspended on Saturday.  When we last left our heros, Mayaguez had scored in 5 consecutive innings, and was leading Los Criollos 8-3.  Justin Thomas had pitched the top of the 8th for Los Indios, and had struck out the side.  The top...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 23

On this date in 1921 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded infielder Walter Barbare, outfielders Billy Southworth and Fred Nicholson, along with $15,000 to the Boston Braves in exchange for shortstop Rabbit Maranville. It was a lot to give up for one player, Southworth was an everyday outfielder who hit .284, Nicholson batted .360 in 99 games, Barbare was a solid backup infielder and all three were in their mid-20′s. Maranville was a...

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