Pittsburgh Pirates Top 30 Prospects Mid-Season Update

There were a lot of questions I had to ask myself when creating this list. How much impact should the 2009 season have? Where should I rank the GCL and VSL guys? Do I add Singh and Patel to the list, and if so, do they combine as one prospect, or get counted separately? I decided to make this a true prospects list, as in, no previous major league time allowed. This means no Lastings Milledge, even thought he’s currently at AAA....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/14/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis was off. AA Altoona was off. A+ The Result: Lynchburg lost 3-2 to Potomac. -Chase D’Arnaud went 1 for 3 with a walk and his third stolen base at Lynchburg. Other Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 1 for 5. Kris Watts went 3 for 4. Matt Hague went 2 for 5. Justin Wilson pitched five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with four walks and five...

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Jam Packed Pirates Trade Market Preview

At the start of the season I did a trade preview, asking whether the Pirates should trade guys like Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, and Adam LaRoche. The main argument against trading these guys was that we had no replacement options at any of these positions. That’s not something that has changed since the start of the season. In fact, we’re worse off now than we were then. At the start of the season we at least had hope...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/13/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis was off today. AA The Result: Altoona lost 3-2 to Bowie. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 3 with a walk. -Gorkys Hernandez went 0 for 4 with a strikeout. Gorkys is 0 for 14 with 6 strikeouts in his last three games. -Pedro Alvarez had a pinch hit home run, his fourth homer at AA. Other Game Notes: Kyle Bloom went four innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Half-Season in Review

Back in April I posted my 17 things to watch for in 2009 (besides the losing streak). With the All-Star break here, I figured now would be a good time to recap those 17 things, to see how the Pirates have come along in certain areas this season. Here is the recap: 17. The performance of the 2008 draft class. The Pirates went all out, spending almost $10 M in the 2008 draft, including going over slot on several high impact players in...

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