Pirates Notebook: How important are left handed relievers?

With the recent trades of Sean Burnett, John Grabow, and Tom Gorzelanny leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates short on left handers, a lot of focus has been on the value of left handed pitching out of the bullpen. The Pirates currently are short on left handed pitching out of the bullpen, not just in the majors, but in the minors as well. Donald Veal is the only lefty reliever on the major league roster, although the only reason he’s...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/5/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis was off today. AA The Result: Altoona lost 9-0 to Portland. -Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 5 with a double. -Pedro Alvarez went 0 for 2 with two walks. Other Game Notes: Shelby Ford, in his first game at AA since being demoted, went 0 for 3 with a walk. Miles Durham went 2 for 4 with two doubles. Kyle Bloom pitched 3.2 innings, allowing four runs (two earned)...

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Game 107 Live Blog: Pirates vs Diamondbacks

Game 107 – Diamondbacks @ Pirates

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After the Deadline: Updating the Top 10 Prospects

Several outlets have updated their top ten prospects following the 2009 MLB trade deadline, and the massive amount of moves seen from the Pirates. John Perrotto has his rankings here, with new addition Tim Alderson ranked second, only behind Pedro Alvarez. Jim Callis of Baseball America has Alderson ranked fourth, behind Alvarez, Brad Lincoln, and Tony Sanchez, with Jose Tabata surprisingly ranked fifth. Callis even ranks Zach Von...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/4/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Durham, allowing four runs in the bottom of the ninth. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 4 with two runs.-Argenis Diaz went 0 for 3 with a walk. -Daniel McCutchen pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with no walks, seven strikeouts and one homer allowed. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 0 for 3. Neil Walker went 1 for 4...

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