2010 Pirates Preview: Ten Prospects Who Could Make an Impact

Starting today, and finishing on Monday, I’ll be previewing the upcoming 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates season, all to get ready for Opening Day on Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  To kick things off, here is a list of the top ten prospects who could make an impact at the major league level this season.  Keep in mind that this is not a normal top ten prospects list.  This is only a list of guys who I think have a...

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Q&A: The Importance of Strikeout Percentage

I don’t usually do a regular Q&A, although I received a few of the same questions a few weeks ago after my write up of Bryce Brentz in the 3/15 Draft Prospects Rundown, in which I said the following: Brentz had a big week, going 7-for-20 with four homers, raising his season line to .369/.453/.708. Brentz is hitting for a .370/.420/.783 line in 46 at-bats in the month of March, with six homers in his last eight games. He also...

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Pirates release 12 minor leaguers

The Pittsburgh Pirates released 12 minor league players this past week, according to Baseball America’s minor league transactions report.  Those players were: RHP Brad Clapp, RHP Diomedes Garcia, RHP Edgar Gutierrez, RHP Papiro Juan, RHP Ricardo Paulino, RHP Rafael Quintero, LHP Andres Santos, C Jesus Aguilera, 3B Carlos Silva, OF Jeff Corsaletti, OF Gemmy Gonzalez, OF Ciro Rosero I reported last week via Twitter that I had...

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Pirates cut Kratz, Jaramillo the backup catcher

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut catcher Erik Kratz, making it official that Jason Jaramillo will open the season as the backup catcher behind Ryan Doumit. Officially there are five spots that remain open on the 25-man roster, although Delwyn Young is a lock for a bench spot, D.J. Carrasco is a lock for a bullpen spot, and John Raynor and Hayden Penn have good chances of making the team, as the Pirates...

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Pirates cut seven, roster almost set

The Pittsburgh Pirates cut seven players today, according to Rob Biertempfel.  Those players were Brian Bass, Vinnie Chulk, Jeff Karstens, Steven Jackson, Jeremy Powell, Anthony Claggett, and Luke Carlin.  The Spring Training tracker is updated with the cuts.  These cuts pretty much mean that the Pirates’ 25-man roster is almost set. There are only seven healthy bullpen options remaining in camp, with Jose Ascanio...

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