2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Rule 5 Eligible Players

The 2009 Rule 5 Draft isn’t until December 10th this year, but it’s never too early to look at the eligible players from the Pittsburgh Pirates. All teams have until November 20th to set their 40-man rosters for the Rule 5 draft, which means all decisions need to be made by November 20th. Eligibility is based on when a player signed his first major league contract. -If a player was 18 and under when he signed his first...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Season in Review

At the start of the season I posted my 17 things to watch for in 2009 (besides the losing streak). Around the All-Star break I did a mid-season update, and with the season now over, I figured I would go back and see how everything turned out this season. Here is the recap: 17. The performance of the 2008 draft class. The Pirates went all out, spending almost $10 M in the 2008 draft, including going over slot on several high impact...

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Team USA brings home the gold

The 2009 baseball World Cup concluded today with the gold medal match between the United States and Cuba. Team USA won the contest 10-5, thanks to 4.1 innings from Brad Lincoln, who picked up his third win of the tournament. In Lincoln’s 4.1 innings, he allowed six hits, three runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Lincoln finishes the tournament with 23.1 innings pitched, a 2.70 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 12:6 K/BB ratio. His first...

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Pittsburgh Pirates World Cup Schedule Round Three

The third round of the Baseball World Cup starts Tuesday. You can use the Pittsburgh Pirates Winter League Tracker to follow all of the individual players playing in the World Cup from the Pirates’ system. The Pirates have four players remaining in the World Cup: Pedro Alvarez – USA Brad Lincoln – USA Dustin Molleken – Canada RJ Rodriguez – Puerto Rico Here is the schedule for those players in the third...

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2009 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap

Indianapolis produced two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best players in the 2009 season: Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones. The first was expected, as Andrew McCutchen has been at, or near the top of the Pirates prospect lists since he was drafted. The second came as a surprise, with Jones signing as a minor league free agent, having never put up numbers like this at AAA, or the majors. The end of the season saw two more top...

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