2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Outfielders

So far I’ve reviewed some catchers and middle infielders in the upcoming 2009 Rule 5 draft.  Next up we have a few outfielders who are eligible for the draft that the Pirates may want to take a look at. The Pirates are pretty secure in their outfield situation, both in the short term, and long term.  In the short term they’ve got Andrew McCutchen and Lastings Milledge in the majors, and Jose Tabata in the wings...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 3 – Brad Lincoln

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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2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Middle Infielders

Yesterday I reviewed a few catching options in the 2009 Rule 5 draft, although the chances of the Pirates selecting a catcher in the Rule 5 draft are slim.  There is a good chance that the Pirates could look at a middle infield option in the Rule 5 draft, and there are several available options that caught my eye this year. The Pirates are weak at middle infield in the upper levels.  They recently traded for Akinori Iwamura...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 4 – Tim Alderson

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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Robinzon Diaz released, Jeff Karstens and Justin Thomas to AAA

Robinzon Diaz, Jeff Karstens, and Justin Thomas were all designated for assignment ten days ago, and all three cleared waivers today.  The Pittsburgh Pirates unconditionally released Diaz, while sending Karstens and Thomas to AAA, with invites to Spring Training. Diaz was apparently unhappy being behind Ryan Doumit and Jason Jaramillo on the depth chart, and would have opted for minor league free agency had he been sent to AAA....

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