Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/6/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: No player focus tonight, but a focus on the end of the season. State College wrapped up their season today with a big win, finishing the short season with a 38-38 record, a massive improvement over the 2008 team. Indianapolis, Altoona, and West Virginia all end their seasons tomorrow. Lynchburg ends the regular season tomorrow, but begins the post-season on Wednesday. I’ll be providing playoff...

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Game 135 Live Blog: Pirates vs Cardinals

Game 135: Cardinals at Pirates

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When will the offense arrive for LaRoche?

Going in to the 2008 season, Andy LaRoche ranked as the top hitting prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system, and the number two overall prospect for the Dodgers. He also ranked 31st overall in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects in baseball. In their scouting report on LaRoche, he was listed with the potential of an every day third baseman with below average defense, who could bat in the middle of the lineup....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/4/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Brett Lorin had pitched just 10 innings in relief in college ball going in to the 2008 season with Arizona. He transfered to Long Beach State, where he received more playing time, and put up a 2.61 ERA. That was enough for the Seattle Mariners to take him in the 5th round of the 2008 MLB draft, giving him a $170 K signing bonus. Lorin signed quickly, allowing him to put up a 3.96 ERA and a 61:25 K/BB...

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A new theory on the poor road performance

There have been a lot of theories thrown around as to why the Pittsburgh Pirates have been so horrible on the road this year, yet at the same time a success at home. People have said that the struggles are due to this being a young team that can’t handle the distractions of the road. I don’t really buy this theory. First of all, playing on the road is something that players do through college, the minors, and in the...

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