John Dreker

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    Two Years Worth of Waivers

    When the Pirates picked up Garrett Olson off waivers the other day he became the 14th waiver wire pickup for them in the last two years. The list of players is as follows and includes 13 pitchers and an outfielder: Chris Resop Virgil Vasquez 1/27/09 TJ Beam 2/5/2009 Steven Jackson 5/18/2009 Jon...

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    2006 DSL/VSL: What is Left?

    It is well known that under the previous management the international market was largely ignored. The budget for both the VSL and DSL in 2007, was at the maximum of just $750,000, a very low figure for a team that didn't compete in the free agent market in the majors. The budget...

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    Jake Stenzel: The Forgotten Star

    Jake Stenzel When most people take a look at the Pirates all-time leaders they recognize the names of almost all of the players, it's a history filled with Hall of Famers who spent most or all of their career with the team from Honus Wagner to the Waner brothers to Roberto Clemente...

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    Jodaneli Carvajal Named Top International Prospect

    Ben Badler from Baseball America recently posted what he considered the top 20 prospects who played in either the DSL or VSL in 2010. His only requirement was that the player had at least 100 plate appearances or 25 innings pitched. The article requires a subscription and can be viewed here. Representing...

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    Pirates From an Outsider’s Point of View

    I wanted to get an educated, yet non-biased, view of the Pirates and where they stand in baseball, so I decided to ask an outsider what they know about the current state of the Pirates. I went to what I consider is a great source to answer this question -- my own brother. He...

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    George Van Haltren and the Pirates

    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 George Van Haltren. George Van Haltren...

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    Updates On The Non-Roster Invitees

    This spring the Pittsburgh Pirates invited 22 non-roster players to their major league camp for spring training. Now just under a month into the camp, 16 of them still remain with the big league squad. In this article I will breakdown the performance of each individual player going into Sunday along with,...

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    Pirates Release Nine International Players

    Nothing has been formally announced by the Pittsburgh Pirates but according to their milb.com pages, the Bucs have released the following players from either the DSL or VSL teams: Pitchers Remberto Romo, Jose Acosta, Ericdavis Marquez, Deivis Goatache, Rafael Rodriguez, Yoan Gonzalez, Luis Figuera, utility fielder Alberto Valdemora and catcher Jhoanel Jimenez. Acosta is currently...

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    Six Questions With Maurice Bankston

    Bankston The Pirates drafted Maurice Bankston in the 8th round of the 2007 draft out of Texarkana Community College. The 6' 4" righty signed early enough to get in some innings in the GCL. In 2008 he was a starting pitcher at State College before an injury shut him down in early...

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    The 1891 Pirates

    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 the 1891 Pirates. The 1891 Pirates...

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