Pirates sign pitcher from Belarus

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Alex Lukashevich, a right handed pitcher out of Major League Baseball’s European Academy, according to Mister Baseball.  Lukashevich becomes the first player from Belarus to sign with a MLB organization. The article above mentions that Lukashevich is already in Florida practicing, which means he could begin his career in Bradenton in the Gulf Coast League.  Lukashevich was named one...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2010 Half-Season in Review

For two years in a row, I’ve opened the season with a list of things to watch for during the upcoming season.  Both years I’ve numbered the list according to the consecutive losing streak, and the year the Pirates were currently on.  Last year at the All-Star break, I reviewed the list mid-season, and to continue with the tradition (or I guess to make a tradition out of it), here is the mid-season update from my...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/12/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off for the International League All-Star break. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona was suspended in the fourth inning.  Tim Alderson ran in to trouble in the first three innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Alderson was optioned to Bradenton after the game.  Dustin Molleken pitched a perfect fourth inning with a strikeout. Shelby...

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Notes: Brian Bixler, Tim Alderson, Tony Sanchez, Nathan Baker, Kevin Decker

A bunch of bad news today, although we do get to end on a good note… -First, the Pirates have reacquired Brian Bixler from the Cleveland Indians.  The Pirates traded Bixler back in January, and received Jesus Brito in return.  They got him back for a player to be named later, to serve as AAA depth.  Apparently the team was lacking strikeouts and bad defense. -To make room for Jeff Locke’s promotion to AA,...

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Are the Pirates Preparing For a Ryan Doumit Trade?

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned Jason Jaramillo to AAA yesterday after the game, and will most likely call Erik Kratz up to the majors as the backup catcher in the second half sometime this week.  I’ve been thinking about the move, and can’t help but think that it lines up perfectly for a Ryan Doumit trade. First, the whole idea of sending Jaramillo to AAA was to get him every day playing time.  Jaramillo was...

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