Evan Meek to the DL

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have placed relief pitcher Evan Meek on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain. Steven Jackson has been called up to replace Meek on the 25-man roster. The move hurts the Pirates, as Meek was arguably the best reliever in the bullpen, and one of the best pitchers on the team this year. Jackson was recently sent down to AAA for Jose Ascanio, but was eligible to return due...

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Pirates Notebook: Discriminating against Littlefield players

In case you missed it, Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette did an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Neil Walker. In the article, Walker questions his future with the Pirates, while suggesting that he and Brian Bixler are two examples of players who could be held back due to being acquired by Dave Littlefield. I’ve seen a lot of talk on message boards and in blogs that matches the comments made by Walker: Neal...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/11/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 against Columbus. -Jose Tabata did not play.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 3 with a run. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 0 for 4. Phil Dumatrait pitched six innings, allowing four ones (one earned) on six hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. AA The Result: Altoona won 10-3 against Portland. -Gorkys Hernandez went 3 for 6 with three runs....

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Pirates Notebook: Did MLB stand in the way of draft signings?

There’s been a lot of talk going around that the MLB commissioner’s office has been putting pressure on teams to wait until later in the draft pick signing process before announcing any above slot deals. It started with some rumblings from Baseball America. Then there was a Peter Gammons report that suggested a team in the Central with poor success over the last few years had agreed to an above slot deal with their fourth...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/10/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 2-1 against Columbus. -Jose Tabata went 2 for 4.-Argenis Diaz went 0 for 2 with a walk. -Daniel McCutchen pitched 7.2 shutout innings, allowing seven hits, no walks, and striking out seven for his 11th win of the season. Other Game Notes: Interesting note, Robinzon Diaz got the start at third base tonight, going 1 for 3. Jeff Clement went 0...

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