Pirates Notebook: The Dominican Debate

Dejan Kovacevic of the PPG wrote last week about top Dominican prospect Miguel Angel Sano, who I like to call Hanley Pujols, and the Pirates currently positioned on the inside track for signing him. The only problem would be the money: a bonus expected to be around $4 M. Is that really a problem though? There is the risk involved. Sano is 16. You could look at that two ways. You could say that it’s hard to project the future of...

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Pirates Notebook: One big inning

Heading in to the bottom of the seventh inning tonight, it looked like a typical game for the Pirates. A decent start by Zach Duke, with one bad inning, mostly due to poor defense, and no offensive support to help him out. Then the Pirates offense broke out for a big inning. And they continued. And they continued some more. The Pirates sent 11 batters to the plate before seeing the first out. They managed ten runs in the bottom of the...

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Pirates Notebook: Brandon Moss, The Draft, and Twitter

There’s no questioning the fact that Brandon Moss had a horrible start to the season. His .203 average in 59 April at bats, with no homers during that stretch, really hurt the Pirates. I wrote at the end of April about how Moss is much better after April in his minor league career, suggesting we might have another Adam LaRoche situation on our hands. His play in the last week might be proving that to be true. Moss now has a hit...

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Pirates Notebook: Crow and Scheppers start tomorrow

The Indy league regular season starts tomorrow, which should mark the debut of Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers, two prospects in the 2009 draft. I say debut meaning the regular season debut, as each player has pitched in Spring Training so far. Both players should hold interest with Bucco fans. Crow was one of the top pitching prospects in the draft last year, and is still a top pitching prospect this year. If he can prove that he...

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Pirates Notebook: Nice start to a long stretch

Yesterday I posted about the controversy over Freddy Sanchez being benched in my “Mythbusters” post. After posting I thought of one more reason why it makes sense to bench Sanchez on Sunday. Today the team started a stretch of 16 games in 16 days, with the final ten games coming on the road. When you consider that Sanchez had played 11 games in 13 days heading in to Sunday, and the Pirates had 16 games in a row coming up,...

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