Pirates Notebook: Back to the Futures

The MLB Futures Game is tomorrow at 2 PM EST. Pedro Alvarez and Brad Lincoln will be representing the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Alvarez batting fifth as the DH in the starting lineup of the US roster. In preparation of the Futures game tomorrow, I decided to go back over the rosters of past futures games, noting the presence of current and past Pirates, as well as some of the studs and duds from each year. 2008 Pirates: Andrew...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/6/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis got creamed 15-1 by Louisville. -Brad Lincoln made the start, going five innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. Lincoln struck out seven and walked three, with one homer. Lincoln started off with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP at AA in his first four starts before posting a 1.20 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP the rest of his time in Altoona. Other Game...

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Pirates Notebook: Jose being Jose

The Pittsburgh Pirates may have a losing record so far this season, but overall, it’s been a nice year for the future of the organization. That was especially evident tonight. Brad Lincoln made a very nice start in his debut at AAA. Pedro Alvarez hit his first homer at AA, carrying over the power we saw in Lynchburg. And in the majors, Andrew McCutchen continues living up to his top prospect hype. I got to thinking about a few...

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Pirates Notebook: The 2011 Core?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a nice situation right now in Altoona. Their top three hitting prospects (I’m not including McCutchen in that statement, just the minor league guys) are all playing for the same team. The other day I pointed out how Gorkys Hernandez has been much better since Jose Tabata returned from his injury. Gorkys is batting .381/.435/.476 in that short time period, with a hit in five out of six games. My theory...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez and Lincoln promoted

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a ton of minor league moves in the last day, promoting two of their top prospects, with plans to promote several other players who are performing well. Here is a run-down of all the moves: Pedro Alvarez to AA: This move is kind of a bummer, as I’m no longer an hour away from seeing the top prospect in the Pirates’ system. That’s especially the case when I had plans to go with my Dad to see...

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