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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Five Things That Need to Change

Yesterday I took a look at the early results from the minor league system, focusing on five players who need to continue their early season success in order to help the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Today, the focus will be on five players who are off to bad starts, who the Pirates need help from, both in the short term and in the long term.  Just like yesterday, I’ll point out that it’s way too early in the season to analyze any...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Roster Announced

Here are the players who will be with the Indianapolis Indians on Opening Day: Catchers: Dusty Brown, Wyatt Toregas Infielders: Pedro Ciriaco, Chase D’Arnaud, Brian Friday, Matt Hague, Josh Harrison, Andy Marte Outfielders: Gorkys Hernandez, Andrew Lambo, Alex Presley, Corey Wimberly Pitchers: Brian Burres, Sean Gallagher, Chris Leroux, Daniel McCutchen, Dan Meyer, Daniel Moskos, Rudy Owens, Justin Thomas, Cesar Valdez, Tony...

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Could the Pirates Start Trading Prospects Soon?

In my interview with Neal Huntington last week, I asked him whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would be open to trading prospects for major league players.  His response was: We are getting to the point in time where we’re going to be a lot more open to trading our prospects. To trade a top notch prospect for a short term fill, probably not. We’re not there yet. Are we ever going to be there? That’s always going to be a...

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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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