Notes: Spring Training, Cunningham, Top Prospects, Signings

This morning when I left the house, it was snowing a bit, a cold reminder that winter was still around.  It was not enough to accumulate on the roads, but enough to cover the grass which finally appeared in my yard over the last few days for the first time since December.  When I got home this afternoon to turn on the Pirates, it suddenly felt like Spring.  Well, maybe mentally.  I could still see my own breath,...

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Do the Pirates need an ace?

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times had an article looking at the Pittsburgh Pirates, more specifically, the pitching heading in to the 2010 season.  The article included the following quote from Neal Huntington: “On paper, we do like our rotation, with Brad Lincoln coming up behind them,” said General Manager Neal Huntington. “You look at Charlie Morton, and he had one start in Chicago where he gave up 10 runs in one inning....

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Best Pittsburgh Sports Blogs and Links

The voting for the first round of the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blogs ended today.  BUCCO Fans made an impressive run, getting all the way up to 48.4%, but it wasn’t enough.  It was kind of a bummer.  The only site with more first round votes than us was our competition (they had 642, we had 602).  Only one other site had over 500 votes, and that was Behind the Steel Curtain.  WHYGAVS and Bucs Dugout were...

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BUCCO Fans Player Pages

Over the next month I will be working on player pages for all of the players in the Pittsburgh Pirates system.  I finished the template today, so now it’s only a matter of entering the information for each player (my count is 260 players, not counting the NRI guys who aren’t technically in the system). Here’s a little preview of the players I have a page for.  Let me know what you think.  My goal is to...

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Top Prospects

UPDATE 10:01 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Baseball America ranks the Pirates as the 16th best farm system in their prospect handbook. – A lot of top prospect lists are coming out this week.  Here’s a look at some of the notable lists: -Keith Law has his top 100, ranking Pedro Alvarez 35th, Jose Tabata 57th, and Tony Sanchez 82nd.  Law has never been a fan of Alvarez.  Law also listed Brad Lincoln as one...

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