Alvarez and Tabata cut, Super Two breakdown

The Pittsburgh Pirates made two waves of cuts this morning, first cutting Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, Doug Bernier, and Jonathan Van Every.  They followed that up by cutting Tyler Yates, Jimmy Barthmaier, Neal Cotts, and Craig Hansen. Alvarez and Tabata were optioned to AAA, while the rest of the players were assigned to minor league camp.  It’s likely that Bernier and Van Every will play at AAA.  The four...

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Phase Two of the Rebuilding Plan Officially Begins

Regardless of how you felt about the last two years, it’s clear that the Pirates had a goal of bringing an influx of talent in to the system through the use of trades, the draft, and other smaller methods like minor league free agency and the Rule 5 draft.  You may like the players we’ve received or you may hate the players we’ve received, but there’s no doubt that the Pirates have added a lot of prospects...

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What would a worldwide draft have looked like in 2009?

I noticed a bit of talk yesterday about a possible worldwide draft in baseball’s future.  First, there was a mention in Dejan Kovacevic’s Q&A on the PBC Blog.  Then, Ben Badler of Baseball America tweeted that a draft expansion would include more than just the Dominican, and that it would be a true worldwide draft. There would need to be some kinks to work out.  For example, at the time of the draft,...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 3/15

Deck McGuire will be coming to UVA at the beginning of April.  I’m seriously considering going, since that’s not far from where I live, and since I can get a better idea of McGuire’s talent by seeing him in person.  Just an FYI.  I’ll probably have a decision by next week.  I might try to do a video recap, which would give everyone a view of McGuire live in action. Here is a recap of how...

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Pirates make seven more cuts

The Pittsburgh Pirates made seven more cuts this morning, highlighted by Brad Lincoln being assigned to AAA.  As I reported yesterday, Tony Sanchez was also in this batch of cuts.  Donald Veal, Bryan Morris, Virgil Vasquez, Jeff Sues, and Justin Thomas round out the list.  The assignments are as follows: -Lincoln and Veal to AAA (both will join the AAA rotation)-Sanchez and Morris to minor league camp (both will start...

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