Pirates 'heavy favorites' for Luis Heredia

Ben Badler of Baseball America has his latest July 2nd notebook up, in which he discusses top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  In the discussion, Badler mentions that the Yankees, Athletics, and Dodgers have shown an interest in Heredia, but that the Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays are the heavy favorites to land the 15-year old pitcher. Heredia’s bonus demands were originally figured to be around $2.2 M, although...

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Trading From the Bullpen in 2010

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a ton of trades in the last two seasons, dealing away seven of their eight starting position players from Opening Day 2008, along with plenty of other players on the roster or in the organization at the time.  A lot has been said about how the Pirates won’t be dealing anyone away this year, although anyone who believes a team with a 25-50 record will, or should, keep the team together...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/27/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 15-3, led by a huge outburst from the offense.  Alex Presley led the way, going 5-for-6 and hitting for the cycle, with his first home run at the AAA level included.  Presley accomplished the cycle by the 5th inning.  Brandon Moss went 2-for-6 with a homer and five RBIs.  Steve Pearce, Jeff Clement, and Brian Myrow also homered for the Indians offense.  Doug...

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Not Worried About Alvarez, Lincoln Yet

The big thing every Pirates’ fan has been looking forward to for the 2010 season has been the debuts of top prospect Pedro Alvarez, and top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln.  So far, those debuts have been a bit of a disappointment.  Alvarez is currently hitting for a .114/.158/.171 line in his first 35 at-bats, while Lincoln has a 6.00 ERA, and an 8:8 K/BB ratio in 24 innings of work. Pirates fans may have been spoiled...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/26/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 6-4.  Jeremy Powell pitched five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Anthony Claggett allowed two runs on three hits.  Daniel Moskos got one out on a strikeout, and allowed a hit and an inherited runner to score in his AAA debut.  Vinnie Chulk pitched a shutout inning, allowing two hits and striking out two.  Wilfredo...

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