Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011

This is part three of a three part 2011 season preview.  The other two parts are below: 1. 19 Things to Watch For in 2011 2. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market 3. Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011 With the Pittsburgh Pirates focused on rebuilding through the minors, it’s a guarantee that every year we will see a new wave of top prospects arriving in the majors.  Last year’s wave was full of...

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Will a Starter Emerge From Indy’s Outfield?

Two of the three outfield spots in Pittsburgh look promising for the long term, with Andrew McCutchen under control through the 2015 season, and Jose Tabata under control through the 2016 season.  However, the third spot is up for grabs.  In the short term, the Pirates are going with a platoon of Garrett Jones and Matt Diaz, which could be a strong combo if both players play up to their previous platoon splits.  The Pirates do need...

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Pirates Cut Ten Players From Major League Camp

Locke was optioned to Altoona today. According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made ten cuts this morning, lowering their Spring Training roster to 44 players.  The Pirates cut Andrew Lambo, Daniel Moskos, Brian Friday, Aaron Thompson, Alex Presley, Chase D’Arnaud, Tony Watson, Jeff Locke, Gorkys Hernandez, and Ramon Aguero.  Lambo, Friday, and D’Arnaud were the only non-roster invitees. The only player...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: The Outfield

Yesterday I previewed the 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, looking at players who could open the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA affiliate, and looking at players who could make the jump from the lower levels later in the season.  Today we’ll look at the outfield, again looking at all of the possibile players who could play in Indianapolis this season. Players With Major League Experience There are three players...

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2011 Spring Training Battles: Bench

Every year the battles in Spring Training are pretty much limited to the same three areas: the 5th starter role, the bullpen, and the bench.  It only makes sense that this would be the case.  These are the least important spots on the team.  You don’t want to decide the important spots based on a limited amount of playing time against various levels of competition in Spring Training games.  But for the lesser roles, it’s...

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