The Indianapolis Indians clinched the playoffs a while ago, and next week they will start their post-season run. The only problem is that their playoff-bound roster will be raided when rosters expand in September.
That's not a problem. The purpose of a minor league system is to provide players for the big league clubs. Development and providing the big league club with help are the top priorities. Winning in the minors falls way behind that. But the Pirates do have to field a team in Triple-A.
That shouldn't mean keeping guys like Jeff Locke or Justin Wilson down to give Indianapolis a better chance of winning. It could mean keeping someone like Matt Hague down to get every day playoff experience, rather than coming up and being a pinch hitter only, and just another player on the first base depth chart with Garrett Jones, Gaby Sanchez, and Jeff Clement.
The Pirates will probably take a lot of Indianapolis players when rosters expand. They've been filling roster spots in Triple-A thr...
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