• Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Corner Outfield

    Alex Presley was freed in late June, and went on to hit for a .298 average in the majors. For most of the 2011 season, there wasn't a specific starter at either corner outfield position for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Jose Tabata began the season as the everyday starter in left field, but...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: The Bullpen

    Hanrahan had 40 saves in his first full season as a closer with the Pirates. If there's one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates have had success adding players over the last few years, it's been the bullpen.  That was seen in 2011 with the makeup of the top performers in the bullpen....

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: The Rotation

    Morton had a 3.83 ERA in 2011. Perhaps no position reflected the ups and downs of the 2011 season more than the starting rotation.  Coming in to the 2011 season, the rotation was looked upon as the biggest weakness of the team.  The priority over the off-season was to upgrade the rotation,...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Third Base

    Alvarez was a major disappointment in 2011. There wasn't any bigger disappointment in the Pittsburgh Pirates season in 2011 than what happened with Pedro Alvarez.  Alvarez, drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft, has been the center piece of this current rebuilding process.  Ever since he was drafted, he was...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Second Base

    Walker led the Pirates with 155 starts in 2011. The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't have many positions on the field that were held down by just one person throughout the 2011 season.  Second base was one of those rare positions.  Neil Walker played 159 games at the position, starting 155 of those games....

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: First Base

    Derrek Lee provided a huge boost at first base in September. Heading in to the 2011 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking for a short term answer at first base.  They ended up signing Lyle Overbay, who was coming off a 2010 season where he posted a .243/.329/.433 line in Toronto, which...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Shortstop

    Cedeno put up strong defense in 2011. 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...

  • 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,...

  • Bradenton Marauders 2011 Season Recap: Top Prospects

    Grossman was the top prospect for the Marauders this year. 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...

  • 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...

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