Could the Pirates Start Trading Prospects Soon?

In my interview with Neal Huntington last week, I asked him whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would be open to trading prospects for major league players.  His response was: We are getting to the point in time where we’re going to be a lot more open to trading our prospects. To trade a top notch prospect for a short term fill, probably not. We’re not there yet. Are we ever going to be there? That’s always going to be a...

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2011 Bradenton Marauders Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Bradenton during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the starting pitchers who could potentially be in Bradenton this year: The Prospects The Bradenton rotation at the start of the year won’t have any standout prospects.  None of the options that will be pitching in the rotation rank in the top 20 prospects in the system. There are a few...

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Ian Snell Retires

B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest reports that Ian Snell has retired, after being sent to minor league camp by the St. Louis Cardinals.  Snell was one of the pitchers competing for a spot as the fifth starter with the Cardinals. Snell joined St. Louis this off-season as a minor league free agent, after being released by the Seattle Mariners.  Snell originally had a $6.75 M club option heading in to the year, as part of an extension he...

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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Altoona during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the starting pitchers who could potentially be in Altoona this year: Returning to Altoona As I mentioned in last week’s review of the Indianapolis Indians’ rotation, the 2010 Altoona rotation is not a guarantee to start the 2011 season in AAA.  A case could be made for Bryan Morris,...

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Brett Lorin Video Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right handed pitcher Brett Lorin from the Seattle Mariners in 2009, as part of a five player return for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell.  At the time, the 22 year old Lorin had a 2.44 ERA in 88.2 innings in low-A, with an 8.8 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9 ratio.  He remained in low-A after going to the Pirates, with a 1.57 ERA in 34.1 innings, along with a 7.6 K/9, and a 2.6 BB/9 ratio.  Lorin was injured for most of...

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