Baseball America's Pirates Top 10 Prospects for 2010

Baseball America today released their top ten prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates going in to the 2010 season. Check out the top ten list here, and for Baseball America subscribers, the top ten list with scouting information can be found here. There will also be a chat for subscribers at 1:30 PM with John Perrotto on the rankings. Pedro Alvarez topped the list for the second straight year. Jose Tabata finished second behind Alvarez,...

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40-Man Roster is set

The Pittsburgh Pirates have set their 40-man roster, by adding Brad Lincoln, Gorkys Hernandez, Bryan Morris, and Ramon Aguero today. To make room for these players, the Pirates designated Jeff Karstens, Justin Thomas, and Robinzon Diaz for assignment. I’m surprised that Diaz was designated for assignment. The Pirates now have ten days to try and trade him, although he could be claimed off of waivers by another team (and...

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Upcoming 40-Man Roster Decisions

This week should be a very active week as far as roster moves go. Taking a look at the calendar on the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki site, we see that Friday November 20th marks two important periods: the deadline for 40-man rosters to be set, and the start of free agency. I don’t expect the Pirates to be overly active on the latter front, but they have a lot of moves to make in order to set the 40-man rosters. The Pirates currently have...

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Pedro Alvarez is the top Eastern League prospect

Baseball America released their 2009 Eastern League top 20 rankings, home of the Altoona Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ class AA affiliate. Topping the list was top Pirates prospect Pedro Alvarez, who ranked third in the Carolina League rankings earlier in the week. Alvarez took the top spot mostly due to his success in AA, which came as a surprise, despite his top prospect status. Alvarez struggled in Lynchburg, then received a...

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Positional Breakdowns: Starting Pitcher

Going in to the 2008 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were relying on Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny to carry their pitching staff, while hoping that Paul Maholm and Zach Duke matured, and Matt Morris at least provided some production for his well over-priced salary. Snell and Gorzelanny not only failed, they failed in an epic manner. Duke was good at times, but too inconsistent. Morris did nothing and was released early in the season....

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