2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Prospects Preview

Before we get down to the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Prospects Preview, let’s take a look back at the 2010 preview, to retrieve the following message that was intended for us: Next there’s Anthony Ranaudo, the consensus top pitching prospect at the college level.  Just like Alex White in 2009, Ranaudo is coming in to the season viewed as a future ace, fresh off a breakout sophomore season.  I’m not going to say...

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Pirates Notebook: Pittsburgh Moneyball

I’ve been studying trends on the make up of the Pirates this season, and so far there have been a few trends to emerge. After the Nate McLouth trade, I noticed the players we received fit the trends I had identified. Maybe it’s just a wild theory, but I have a feeling the Pirates are creating their own “Moneyball” system. People remember the book “Moneyball” mostly for the MLB draft portion of it....

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown: Final Eliminations

Two weeks ago I started off with 15 players as options for the number four overall pick, and eliminated six of those players. Last week I eliminated three more players, leaving us with six players this week. With the draft a week from Tuesday, I will be eliminating the final six players down to three this week, giving us the top three players for the Pirates’ first pick in the 2009 draft. Of course Stephen Strasburg is the true...

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Pirates Notebook: A frustrating victory

Yesterday’s loss was a tough one. The Pirates were going up against one of the worst ranked starters in the National League: Brian Moehler, owner of an 8.31 ERA before the game. The Pirates managed just one run on seven hits against Moehler, who pitched a complete game. Fast forward to tonight. The Pirates were going up against the NL ERA leader and throwing their fifth starter on the mound. You would be lying if you thought the...

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Pirates Notebook: Too early to give up on Snell

After his recent outing against the Cubs, which yielded six runs in five innings, and raised his ERA to 5.43 on the season, Pirates fans are calling for Ian Snell’s head. Snell, who makes $3.2 M this season, ranking him as the second highest paid starter in the rotation, now has the worst ERA amongst Pirates’ starters, and by far the worst WHIP at 1.585. Considering that he’s following up a season where he had a 5.42...

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