Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/20/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Lehigh Valley.  Daniel McCutchen pitched five innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Jeremy Powell pitched two innings, allowing one run on one hit, with no walks and one strikeout.  Justin Thomas pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out three. Jeff Clement went 1-for-4 with a solo homer....

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Trade Rumors: Dodgers, Carrasco, Chulk, Phillies, Lewis

Nothing like trade rumors as the July 31st trade deadline nears… -As mentioned earlier today, the Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in Paul Maholm.  Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Dodgers are also looking for a reliever, something the Pirates have to offer (Octavio Dotel?).  Olney mentions the Dodgers will need financial relief, similar to the Casey Blake deal (which saw the Dodgers give up Carlos Santana)....

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Dodgers interested in Paul Maholm

Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in Pittsburgh Pirates left handed pitcher Paul Maholm.  The Dodgers are looking for starters, and apparently have their eye on other players, with Roy Oswalt and Ted Lilly being mentioned by DK. Maholm currently has a 4.03 ERA in 114 innings, with a 4.5 K/9 and a 3.2 BB/9.  His strikeout ratio has dropped the last few years, going from 6.1 K/9 in 2008...

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Updates on Nick Kingham and Chris Kirsch

Two updates from the 2010 draft class… -Baseball Beginnings did an interview with Nick Kingham, the fourth round pick for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.  In response to whether he will fit with the Pirates, Kingham said “I don’t know yet. I think I have a pretty good set-up in either case”, obviously referring to his commitment to Oregon as the other case. -One player that does look to be close to signing is 13th...

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Why John Russell Shouldn't Be Fired

As you may already know, I don’t believe that a baseball manager has a significant impact on a baseball team.  I feel that the most important thing is talent, and that “good managers” are usually managers who have been blessed with good players.  Too often a manager is fired as a scapegoat.  When the whole team is playing horrible ball over an extended period, it’s easier to fire the manager and...

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