John Dreker

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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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    Interview with Phillip Irwin

    Irwin had a 3.35 ERA in 113 innings in West Virginia this year. The Pirates drafted Phillip Irwin in the 21st round of the 2009 draft out of Mississippi.  Irwin signed quickly, and pitched in 29.2 innings in short season A-ball, putting up a 2.12 ERA, along with a 9.7 K/9 and...

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    Hall of Fame Push for the Deacon

    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 Deacon White, and why he...

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    Alleghenys Strike Gold

    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 one of the best purchases...

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    Building A Team, 1888 Style

    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 how the 1888 team was...

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    Interview with Brock Holt

    After recovering from his 2010 knee injury, where will Brock Holt start the 2011 season? The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Brock Holt in the ninth round of the 2009 draft, selecting the middle infielder out of Rice University.  Holt played second base at Rice, due to Rick Hague playing shortstop, although he has...

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    2005 Pirates Amateur Draft: Five Years Later

    McCutchen is one of the lone bright spots from the 2005 draft.   In 2005 the Pirates drafted 11th overall and took a high school centefielder from Fort Meade, Florida who is obviously one of the top players on the current team, Andrew McCutchen. Just five years later I thought I'd take...

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    Where Are They Now: 2004 Hickory Crawdads

    In 2004 the Hickory Crawdads were the low-A ball club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, right in the middle of their ten year affiliation with the team. They were two years removed from a South Atlantic League championship and coming off an 82-54 season. The team was typical of the Pirates teams of...

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    DSL Season Wrap-up Part Two: The Hitters

    DSL Season Wrap-up Part One: The Pitchers Continuing with the DSL Pirates season wrap-up, on the hitting side of things the DSL Pirates they had some very good seasons, and as a group they fared much better than the pitchers despite the fact they had about the same amount of experience. They...

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    DSL Season Wrap-up Part One: The Pitchers

    The DSL season just wrapped up yesterday with an 8-3 loss to the Rays team, but overall it has to be considered a successful year for the team. They finished 3 games over .500 at 37-34 which was a 6 game improvement over last year (8 in the win column). They also...

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