Positional Breakdowns: Third Base

About a month ago I was at PNC Park for the Baseball Prospectus event, which included a Q&A session with Neal Huntington. In the Q&A session, Huntington was asked about moving Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates’ top prospect to first base. Huntington’s response was that, until someone stepped up as a proven major league third baseman, no one would be changing positions. The Pirates have three main options at third base,...

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Looking back at the Jason Bay Trade

The biggest criticism of Neal Huntington so far has been the Jason Bay trade. In defense of the critics, the trade hasn’t looked good so far. In his first full season with Boston, Bay hit for a .267/.384/.537 line, with 36 homers. This isn’t new for Bay, as Bay has hit for 30 or more homers in four of his six seasons in the majors, and has combined for an OPS of .895 or greater in five of those seasons. It didn’t...

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Upcoming Schedule

Starting tomorrow I will be rolling out a series of season ending recaps. This will be divided up in to three parts: 1. Recapping each trade individually 2. Recapping each position 3. Top prospects The schedule will go as follows: Wednesday 10/7: Jason Bay Trade/Third Base Thursday 10/8: Xavier Nady Trade/Starting Pitching Friday 10/9: Minor Trades/Catcher Monday 10/12: Nate McLouth Trade/Outfield Tuesday 10/13: Nyjer Morgan...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Rule 5 Eligible Players

The 2009 Rule 5 Draft isn’t until December 10th this year, but it’s never too early to look at the eligible players from the Pittsburgh Pirates. All teams have until November 20th to set their 40-man rosters for the Rule 5 draft, which means all decisions need to be made by November 20th. Eligibility is based on when a player signed his first major league contract. -If a player was 18 and under when he signed his first...

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Pedro Alvarez and Chase d'Arnaud top Carolina League prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2009 Carolina League today, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having two representatives from their class high A affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats. Top Pirates prospect Pedro Alvarez was rated third, while Chase d’Arnaud finished 13th in the rankings. Alvarez struggled at the plate in his time with Lynchburg, hitting for a .247/.342/.486 line in 243 at-bats, but showed good...

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