2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Right Handed Pitchers

Today we cap off the preview of the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  In case you missed the previous versions, I’ve covered some options at the catcher, middle infield, and outfield positions, as well as left handed pitchers.  Today we’ll go over some of the right handed pitchers available in next week’s draft.  For those of you looking for corner infielders, I apologize.  I...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 1 – Pedro Alvarez

Today closes out the Pittsburgh Pirates top 50 prospects count down. I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on the Pirates’ farm system over the last month and a half.  If you’ve missed anything, feel free to check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 36-40 31-35 30 – Brian Friday 29 – Aaron Pribanic 28 – Evan Chambers 27 – Brock Holt 26 – Brooks Pounders 25 – Trent Stevenson 24...

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2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Left Handed Pitchers

The 2009 Rule 5 draft is a week away.  Already I’ve covered some options at the catcher, middle infield, and outfield positions.  Today we’ll go over some of the left handed pitchers available in next week’s draft. The Pirates not only have a need for left handed relievers, but they’ve also taken pitchers in the last two Rule 5 drafts.  They took Evan Meek in 2008, and Donald Veal in 2009....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 2 – Jose Tabata

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 36-40 31-35 30 – Brian Friday 29 – Aaron Pribanic 28 – Evan Chambers 27 – Brock Holt 26 –...

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Pirates looking at pitching

UPDATE 4:32 PM: Add Kameron Loe to the mix of names.  Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates, along with the Dodgers, Braves, and Athletics, are interested in the 28 year old right hander.  Loe is 6′ 8″, 225 pounds, and has pitched 343.2 innings in the majors from 2004-08, with a 4.77 ERA, a 4.7 K/9, and a 3.2 BB/9.  He’s got a 3.83 ERA in 87 innings as a reliever.  Loe pitched in Japan last...

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