The 2011 Bullpen

A year ago at this time, the 2010 bullpen was largely incomplete, consisting only of Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Javier Lopez, and a few minor signings competing for spots, such as Wilfredo Ledezma, Vinnie Chulk, Jack Taschner, and Brian Burres.  In the following weeks, the Pirates added D.J. Carrasco, Brendan Donnelly, and Octavio Dotel, giving the bullpen a major boost to start the 2010 season, and leading to one of the few strong...

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The 2011 Indianapolis Rotation

A few weeks ago I looked at the projected 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, noting that there could be a roster crunch, one which could leave prospects like Chase D’Arnaud and/or Jordy Mercer back in AA to start the 2011 season.  The same situation is starting to form with the 2011 rotation in Indianapolis.  Four of the top prospects in the farm system pitched in the Altoona rotation in 2010, and all four are expected to make...

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Pirates Claim Aaron Thompson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left handed pitcher Aaron Thompson off of waivers from the Washington Nationals, according to the team’s official Twitter feed.  To make room, they designated reliever Wilfredo Ledezma for assignment. Thompson was a first round pick for the Florida Marlins in 2006.  He was acquired by the Nationals in 2009 in exchange for Nick Johnson.  Thompson reached the AAA level for the first time in...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Video Recaps

The complete archive of video recaps of Pittsburgh Pirates prospects: Current Pirates Prospects Tim Alderson May 13th, 2010: L, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Stetson Allie Spring Training 2011 Tom Boleska September 7th, 2009: ND, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR Mike Colla September 7th, 2009: ND, 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR September 17th, 2009: W, 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR Chase d’Arnaud 2009 Hitting and...

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