Pirates Claim Chris Leroux

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right handed pitcher Chris Leroux off of waivers from the Florida Marlins, and have designated right handed pitcher Brian Bass for assignment.  Leroux has just 24.2 innings at the majors league level, with an 8.03 ERA, a 7.3 K/9, and a 5.5 BB/9 ratio.  The 26 year old pitcher is 6′ 6″, 210 pounds, and was drafted by the Marlins in the seventh round of the 2005 draft. Leroux made his...

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Oakland Signs Akinori Iwamura

The Oakland Athletics have signed Akinori Iwamura after the former Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman was released on Friday.  Iwamura hit for a .182/.292/.267 line in 165 at-bats with the Pirates this year, followed by a .264/.404/.393 line in 163 at-bats in AAA.  The Pirates traded Jesse Chavez for Iwamura last off-season, and picked up Iwamura’s $4.85 M option.  Oakland will be responsible for some of Iwamura’s salary...

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2010 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap

The 2010 Indianapolis Indians had a few top prospects, but no where near the wave of talent needed to immediately turn the Pittsburgh Pirates around.  The first wave of prospects reached the majors this year, as Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, Neil Walker, and Brad Lincoln all arrived around June.  Lincoln was the only player who didn’t have an immediate impact, and was demoted back to AAA. After those four graduated, the Indians...

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The Unfair Treatment of UZR

Go to any Pittsburgh Pirates forum and you’ll see some variation of the following conversation: Fan #1: Ronny Cedeno is a horrible shortstop. Fan #2: According to his UZR/150, Cedeno is the ninth best defensive shortstop in the league this year. Fan #1: That just shows how wrong UZR is.  I’ve seen Cedeno, and he’s nowhere near the best defensive shortstops in the game. If you’re unfamiliar with UZR, it stands...

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Offense Powers Altoona to Eastern League Finals

The Altoona Curve took game four of the first round of the Eastern League playoffs, defeating Harrisburg 10-5 to win the best of five series three games to one.  Altoona’s offense was powered by five home runs, leading to nine of the team’s ten runs. The power surge started in the top of the second inning.  Andrew Lambo got on with a one out walk.  With two outs, Jim Negrych singled to center field, putting runners at...

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