Alex Dickerson Could Be the Long Term Answer at First Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently without a long-term solution at first base. The team will enter the 2012 season with a platoon of Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee at the spot. Matt Hague could be a backup plan should the platoon struggle, although Hague profiles more as a James Loney type, and not a long-term solution. The best long-term solution might be 2011 third round pick Alex Dickerson. In a draft that featured outfielder...

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Pirates Prospects will be conducting a survey over the next week, collecting information from our readers. The survey is completely anonymous, with the information being collected by a third party. Any information you provide will be confidential. Participants of the survey will be entered for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading questionnaire...

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International Hitting Prospects Starting to Emerge

I was watching batting practice at Pirate City towards the end of the day the other day. I was talking with one of the coaches, whose name I’ll leave out of this article. He asked me who I wrote for, and my response to that question always leads to one of two responses. I either get “Oh, that’s you” or “So you cover the minor league guys?” followed by a few questions on my opinions. This instance...

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Should the Pirates Extend Neil Walker?

Now that Andrew McCutchen has been signed to a long-term deal, everyone seems to be weighing in on whether the Pittsburgh Pirates should extend second baseman Neil Walker. In 2009 the Pirates called up Andrew McCutchen mid-season. He was their first big prospect to arrive during the new management group’s rebuilding process. The next summer the Pirates were set to see their first wave of top prospects arrive. Pedro Alvarez, Neil...

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McCutchen Was Meant to Be a Pirate

BRADENTON, Fla. — While playing baseball in High School at Fort Meade High School in Fort Meade, Fla., Andrew McCutchen’s school colors were black and gold. Maybe it was kind of meant to be for McCutchen to be a Pittsburgh Pirate. “Maybe I’m a little partial just because my colors were black and gold in high school too,” McCutchen said during his contract press conference at McKechnie Field. “I didn’t...

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McCutchen Deal All About the Long Term Impact

Ever since Andrew McCutchen was first called up to the majors, Pittsburgh Pirates fans were waiting for one thing: an extension. When he first arrived in the majors, McCutchen had the potential to be the best player developed by the Pirates since Barry Bonds. Unlike a lot of other home-grown prospects in the last two decades, McCutchen almost immediately lived up to the hype. Fans had seen other teams lock up their players to...

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