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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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/19/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Lehigh Valley 10-8.  Dana Eveland pitched 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Brian Bass pitched three innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos allowed a run on three hits, getting two outs.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out two....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/18/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 4-3.  Michael Crotta pitched five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos pitched a perfect inning in relief, followed by a perfect inning from Jean Machi for the save. Jonathan Van Every went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, and three RBIs....

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Notes: Milledge, Church, Russell, Kratz, Heredia, Penn, Moreno

Catching up on the weekend notes… -The platoon is over between Lastings Milledge and Ryan Church.  I posted about a week ago that Church shouldn’t be stealing playing time from Milledge.  I’m glad to see that platoon is over. -Also in that link above, Tony Sanchez could return this season, but no more than a week or two, and Jeff Inman has been shut down with elbow discomfort. -The heat is on John Russell....

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