Arizona Fall League Begins Today

The 2010 Arizona Fall League begins today, with the Mesa Solar Sox playing their first game at 12:35 PM MST (3:35 PM EST).  The Pittsburgh Pirates have seven players on the Solar Sox this year.  Tony Sanchez, Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison, and Andrew Lambo will represent the Pirates on the offensive side of the game, while Justin Wilson, Aaron Pribanic, and Brian Leach will all join the Mesa pitching staff. The AFL is mostly filled with...

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2010 Position Recap: Left Field

The Pittsburgh Pirates started off the 2010 season with question marks at their corner outfield spots.  Lastings Milledge started the season in left field, while Garrett Jones started the season in right field.  Jose Tabata eventually got the call from AAA, moving Milledge to right field, and Jones to first base. It wasn’t a surprise that Tabata took over in left field.  At the start of the 2010 season, Tabata was the number two...

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Manager Notes: Gibbons, Samuel, Oquendo

Some manager updates for today… -The Pirates officially interviewed John Gibbons, making him the third manager candidate interviewed.  Gibbons is the bench coach of the Kansas City Royals, and was the former manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from mid-2004 to mid-2008.  Gibbons had some run ins with players, some of which are detailed here by Jon Heyman. -Chuck Finder reports that the Pirates are also expected to interview John...

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The 2011 Pirates Prospects Book

Over the last few weeks I’ve mentioned on Twitter that I’ve been working on the 2011 Pirates Prospects handbook, yet I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the site yet (at least not in it’s own post).  Last year I wanted to do a handbook, but formatting the project took so long that I didn’t have a chance to write it all (I also started later in the off-season).  Over the last few weeks I have been...

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2010 Position Recap: Center Field

The Pirates didn’t have many positions that were locked down from the start of the 2010 season, but center field was one of them.  Andrew McCutchen started the year in center field for his first full season in the majors, and he didn’t disappoint.  After hitting for a .286/.365/.471 line in 433 at-bats as a rookie, McCutchen followed up with a .286/.365/.449 line in 570 at-bats during his first full season.  McCutchen saw...

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