Pirates Winter League Recap: 10/24-10/30

The Mesa Solar Sox went 2-4 this week, and currently sit 9-8, two games behind the Scottsdale Scorpions.  Here is how the Pirates prospects fared this week: -Andrew Lambo played in five games this week, going 5-for-18 (.278) with two doubles, a walk, and five strikeouts. -Tony Sanchez had a down week at the plate, going 2-for-12 (.167), although he finished strong with a solo homer on Saturday.  Sanchez walked twice, and struck out...

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Q&A: The Off-Season Roster Decisions

In the last few weeks I’ve talked about the positional recaps for the Pittsburgh Pirates from the 2010 season, leading to my evaluation of the off-season needs heading in to the 2011 season.  That also brought on the 2011 40-man roster and payroll, which at this stage includes some predictions on how the Pirates will handle some of the off-season moves.  The 2010 recaps, the off-season needs, and the 40-man roster decisions have...

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2010 Venezuelan Winter League Stats

The 2010 Venezuelan Winter League runs from October 12, 2010 to December 30, 2010, with the playoffs starting on January 2nd, 2011.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the following players participating this year: Gabriel Alvarado Jose Ascanio Luis Campos Ronny Cedeno Adenson Chourio Anthony Claggett Sean Gallagher Wilfredo Ledezma Diego Moreno Fernando Nieve Jhonathan Ramos Jose Tabata Justin Thomas Here are the 2010 stats, updated weekly...

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2010 Position Recap: Third Base

The third base position in 2010 belonged to Pedro Alvarez.  Even though Alvarez started the season in AAA, it was a near lock that he was the future of the position, with the only thing stopping him being a potential Andy LaRoche breakout.  LaRoche had a decent season in 2009, with a .258/.330/.401 line, and strong defense at third base according to UZR.  He also came on strong with the bat at the end of the season, leaving hope that...

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What Can the Pirates Learn From Jose Bautista?

It’s hard to ignore the season Jose Bautista is having.  A 52 home run season for any player is special, regardless of whether the season is reflective of the player’s talent level.  One thing that isn’t hard to do is to look back and say “what if”.  It’s been easy to wonder how the Pittsburgh Pirates would fare with a guy who currently has 52 homers, especially since that guy was traded for...

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