Who Will the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

Throughout the year we’ve talked about the Rule 5 roster crunch that the Pittsburgh Pirates will face this off-season.  Some of that has been over-blown to the point where people suggest trading prospects like Starling Marte just because the Pirates might not have a spot to protect him.  Make no mistake, the Pirates aren’t at risk of losing any significant prospects to the Rule 5 draft.  They currently have five spots open...

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Nancy Zinni’s 2011 Indianapolis Indians Recap Part One

The Indianapolis Indians finished the season with a team batting average of .263.  This is remarkably consistent with their team batting averages for the past few years — .262 in 2010, 2008, and 2007, .and 260 in 2009.  While the team was third in the league in total hits (1282) and doubles (277), they were last in the league in homers with just 91.  The Indians led the International League in triples with 45, and that was 13...

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Altoona Curve 8/2 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the second of three reports on the minor league teams. Also See: State College 7/31 Tuesday August 2 — Altoona Curve I was really looking forward to the Curve game as they have several players that I saw often last year on the...

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Minor League Moves: Lambo, Trinidad

A few moves this afternoon in the minor league system: -Andrew Lambo has been demoted from Indianapolis to Altoona, in order to make room for Josh Rodriguez.  Lambo had been really struggling, with a .184/.257/.292 line in 185 at-bats at the AAA level.  He was just 4-for-40 in the month of June.  At 22 years old, it’s not a huge blow to Lambo’s career, although this definitely drops his stock. -The Pirates have assigned...

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Reviewing the 2011 Rule 5 Roster Crunch

We’ve reviewed the upcoming Rule 5 roster crunch before, noting that the Pittsburgh Pirates will have a lot of players eligible for the upcoming draft in December.  With about half a season in the books, let’s review the best of the first time eligible players, broken down by category.  The categories will be: Must Protect - The obvious choices Good Talent - Guys with the talent, but lacking the results Depth - Guys who...

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