Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Shortstop

The Pittsburgh Pirates came in to the 2011 season looking for a long term option to emerge at the shortstop position.  They had signed Ronny Cedeno to a one year, $1.85 M deal, replacing his final year of arbitration.  The deal also included an option for $3 M in 2012.  Despite the option, the expectation at the start of the year was that Cedeno would be replaced by mid-season, and would be gone in 2012. Cedeno started out slow in...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Catcher

The 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates saw eight catchers play at least one game behind the plate.  That was mostly due to injuries to Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, which limited Doumit to 60 games and Snyder to 33 games this season.  Jason Jaramillo came in to the season as the number three catcher, and started the year in Pittsburgh with Snyder on the disabled list.  However, when Snyder and Doumit both went down mid-season, Jaramillo was also...

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Bradenton Marauders 2011 Season Recap: Top Prospects

Our top 10 overall prospects for the Bradenton Marauders factors in all of the individual rankings.  Along with the individual rankings, we also include the best pitcher, hitter, biggest surprise, and biggest disappointments of the year.  The rankings factor in all of the players at the level throughout the year, regardless of whether they’ve been promoted to the majors, and regardless of whether they’ve lost their...

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Bradenton Marauders 2011 Season Recap: Pitchers

While the Bradenton Marauders didn’t see any hitters promoted this year, their pitching staff saw a lot of promotions.  The most notable of the crew were Kyle McPherson, who is a favorite to end up as the pitcher of the year in the entire minor league system, and Phillip Irwin, who surprised this year with strong numbers in Bradenton, and continued his success in Altoona.  The Bradenton pitching staff was a little bit older than...

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Bradenton Marauders 2011 Season Recap: Hitters

One thing that stood out to me about the Bradenton hitters was that there were no promotions.  The Opening Day roster was largely the same as the roster at the end of the season.  The only player to move up to AA was Travis Scott, who only made a brief appearance in Bradenton, and was more an organizational catcher.  You could also add Aaron Baker to that list, although he didn’t get promoted to AA until after he was traded.  A...

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Wrapping Up the 2011 State College Spikes Season

The last two days we wrapped up the 2011 State College Spikes season, looking at all of the prospects at the level.  The content included: -The Hitters Recap, featuring their stats, age groups, and an analysis of how each prospect performed. -The Pitchers Recap, also breaking down the stats, age groups, and performances. -The Top Prospects at the level. -I looked at Stetson Allie and Nick Kingham and the debate over who is the better...

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