Starling Marte and Tony Sanchez to Start 2011 in Altoona

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to start Starling Marte in Altoona at the beginning of the 2011 season.  Biertempfel also reports that Tony Sanchez should start in Altoona next season, as long as he doesn’t regress in his recovery from a broken jaw. Both Marte and Sanchez saw their seasons cut short due to injuries.  Marte hit for a .315/.386/.432 line in 222 at-bats, but missed a big chunk of...

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2010 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap

The Bradenton Marauders had a strong debut season in the Florida State League, finishing with a 39-31 record in the first half, which fell 4.5 games short of the first half division title, then winning the second half with a 37-31 record.  Bradenton lost in the playoffs to Charlotte, but by the time the playoffs came around, most of the top prospects had either graduated to the next level, or were injured. Injuries were the big story...

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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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