What Can the Pirates Learn From Jose Bautista?

It’s hard to ignore the season Jose Bautista is having.  A 52 home run season for any player is special, regardless of whether the season is reflective of the player’s talent level.  One thing that isn’t hard to do is to look back and say “what if”.  It’s been easy to wonder how the Pittsburgh Pirates would fare with a guy who currently has 52 homers, especially since that guy was traded for...

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Too Early To Give Up On Jeff Clement?

I can’t really say that I’ve ever been a big fan of Jeff Clement.  At the start of the 2010 season, many were doubting him as a first baseman for his fielding.  I was less concerned with his fielding, and more concerned with his hitting.  Prior to being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clement had 219 at-bats in the majors with the Seattle Mariners, with a .237/.309/.393 line.  Clement had good numbers in AAA, although...

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Owens, Presley Named Pitcher and Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named Alex Presley their 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, and Rudy Owens their 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.  Both players will be honored before the home game tomorrow against the Houston Astros. Presley had a breakout season, going from high-A at the end of last year, all the way to the majors at the end of the 2010 season.  Presley started with a .350/.399/.533 line in 246 at-bats with...

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Pirates Send Wilson, Pribanic, and Leach to the AFL

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates will send pitchers Justin Wilson, Aaron Pribanic, and Brian Leach to the Arizona Fall League this off-season, joining position players Andrew Lambo, Tony Sanchez, Jordy Mercer, and Josh Harrison.  When the position players were announced, we had heard that there would be three more pitchers who would be sent. The assignments are somewhat strange, not so much because of the...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Rule 5 Eligible Players

The biggest issue with the upcoming roster crunch will be the players who are eligible for the 2010 Rule 5 draft, which takes place on December 9th, 2010.  The following is the complete list of Pittsburgh Pirates players who are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. The first group of players are eligible for minor league free agency, which I went over yesterday.  If these players re-sign with the Pirates as minor league free agents before...

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