Highlights From Frank Coonelly’s MLB.com Chat

Frank Coonelly held his monthly chat on MLB.com this afternoon.  You can read the transcript here.  Some of the highlights of the chat: -Coonelly mentions that the Pirates are looking to add a bullpen piece or two.  He also said that adding Kevin Correia, and adding Scott Olsen to compete for the 5th starter role has bolstered the rotation for 2011. -He mentioned Rudy Owens, Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Justin Wilson, and Alex Presley as...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Winter Meetings Preview

The 2010 MLB Winter Meetings kick off tomorrow, and run through Thursday afternoon, finishing off with the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  Leading up to the meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked to a lot of free agents, but have yet to make a move, outside of letting a few players from the 2010 roster go.  The main areas of focus for the Pirates have been the starting rotation, a first baseman/right fielder, and a shortstop.  The...

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Owens, Presley Named Pitcher and Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named Alex Presley their 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, and Rudy Owens their 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.  Both players will be honored before the home game tomorrow against the Houston Astros. Presley had a breakout season, going from high-A at the end of last year, all the way to the majors at the end of the 2010 season.  Presley started with a .350/.399/.533 line in 246 at-bats with...

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Candidates To Be Added To The 40-Man Roster

The Pirates not only will face a lot of difficult decisions in removing players from the 40-man roster, but also in adding them.  Two factors contributing to the crunch are the numerous trades in which the team acquired prospects and surprising seasons from several players who’ve been around a while.  What follows is a list of the more significant players in the system who will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, as well as a few...

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Out of Nowhere – Sleeper Prospects

Much of the discussion of the Pirates’ farm system the last couple years has centered on GM Neal Huntington’s efforts to restock the system after years of neglect under his predecessor, He Who Shall Not Be Named.  Naturally, it’s been easy to forget the players who were already in the system when Huntington took over, a tendency made a good deal easier by the fact that so few of those players have performed well.  This year, however,...

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