Pirates Notebook: Another reason why I hate Bud Selig

The Atlanta Braves and seventh overall pick Mike Minor have agreed to terms on a $2.42 M contract, with Minor expected to sign today. The deal signed by Minor was $242 K over the MLB recommended slot price. Baseball America’s Jim Callis says that two sources claim that the Braves and Minor agreed in principle to the $2.42 M deal before the draft, but the MLB commissioner’s office put pressure on Atlanta not to announce the...

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After the Deadline: Updating the Top 10 Prospects

Several outlets have updated their top ten prospects following the 2009 MLB trade deadline, and the massive amount of moves seen from the Pirates. John Perrotto has his rankings here, with new addition Tim Alderson ranked second, only behind Pedro Alvarez. Jim Callis of Baseball America has Alderson ranked fourth, behind Alvarez, Brad Lincoln, and Tony Sanchez, with Jose Tabata surprisingly ranked fifth. Callis even ranks Zach Von...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/2/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 5-4 against Durham. -Jose Tabata went 0 for 5.-Argenis Diaz went 0 for 3 with a walk. -Brad Lincoln pitched four innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with a strikeout and no walks. Lincoln has not allowed a walk in his last four AAA starts, spanning 22 innings. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 1 for 2 with his third homer in the last two...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/23/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 4-3 in 10 innings against Durham. -Argenis Diaz went 0 for 2 with a walk. He was also responsible for the winning run. And when I say “he was responsible” I mean he was at the plate when the wild pitch was thrown with a runner at third, which can only mean his intimidating 5’11″, 155 pound presence forced the wild...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/18/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 8-7 against Pawtucket in 10 innings. -Brad Lincoln got the start, pitching five innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits, with one strikeout, no walks, and two homers. Other Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 4 for 6 with a run and two RBIs. Milledge is batting .317 at AAA on the season, and .520 with Indianapolis. Brian Bixler...

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