2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Catchers

The 2009 Rule 5 Draft will be held at the Winter Meetings on December 10th, 2009.  The Pirates have taken a player in the Rule 5 draft in each of the last two seasons, selecting Evan Meek in 2008, and Donald Veal in 2009.  Meek is now one of the top relief options in the Pirates’ bullpen, while Veal looked very promising in the 2009 Arizona Fall League after a year of work with Joe Kerrigan. With the Pirates expected...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 5 – Tony Sanchez

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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Tony Sanchez Video Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Tony Sanchez in the first round of the 2009 draft, surprising everyone by taking Sanchez much higher than he was projected to go by national draft gurus.  The Pirates insisted Sanchez was the top player on their draft board at the time, and that statement started to gain some credibility after Sanchez immediately signed. Sanchez started his career with West Virginia by hitting for a .316/.415/.581...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 6 – Gorkys Hernandez

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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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 7 – Starling Marte

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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