Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 26 – Brooks Pounders

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 Now on to...

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Pirates claim Justin Thomas

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left handed pitcher Justin Thomas off of waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Thomas put up a 4.48 ERA and a 53:40 K/BB ratio in 60.1 innings at AAA in 2009. In 2008, Thomas had a 4.32 ERA in 118.2 innings in AA, with a 106:56 K/BB ratio in 2008, and a 3.71 ERA with a 21:9 K/BB ratio in 17 AAA innings in 2009. He also pitched four innings in the majors, allowing three runs on nine hits, with two...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 27 – Brock Holt

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 Now on to prospect number 27: 27....

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Pirates trade Lynchburg to the Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a trade that I hate today, swapping high-A affiliates with the Cincinnati Reds, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Josh Leventhal confirms the story at Baseball America. Pittsburgh would have their high-A affiliate in Bradenton next year, joining the Florida State League. Cincinnati would move their high-A team to Lynchburg, joining the Carolina League. The Pirates have been affiliated with...

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Small Market Teams are the winners in this World Series

The New York Yankees went with a video game approach this past off-season, throwing loads of money toward the free agent market to load up for their current World Series run. Not only did they sign C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, two of the top starting pitchers on the market (if not the top two guys), but they also signed Mark Teixeira, the top hitter on the market. The Yankees committed $423.5 M on those three players combined. Add...

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