18 Things to Watch For in 2010

I’ve been doing my 2010 preview this week, starting with a look at ten prospects who could make an impact in the majors this season, and following that up with potential trades during the 2010 season.  Today we have 18 things to watch for in 2010.  Last year I did 17 things to watch for besides the losing streak.  This year the theme is 18 things to watch for as the Pirates try to avoid 18 losing years in a...

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2010 Pirates Preview: The Trade Market

Yesterday I started my 2010 Pirates preview with a look at ten prospects who could make an impact in the majors this season.  Today we’re looking at potential trades during the 2010 season. We’ve seen the comments made by the Pirates management that they’re not going to be subtracting from the team in 2010.  The literal translation of this would mean absolutely no trades will be made.  However, I...

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Pirates trade Virgil Vasquez to Rays for PTBNL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded Virgil Vasquez to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Trib.  Last night Dejan Kovacevic tweeted that the Pirates were in “very minor” trade talks with the Rays, and that the deal could include Vasquez. Chances are the return on this deal will be minimal, and might even be cash considerations.  With Kevin Hart, Donald Veal, Chris...

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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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