2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Indianapolis during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the biggest area of focus for the 2011 Indians: the starting pitchers. It’s no secret that the biggest need for the Pirates in the majors is starting pitching.  The first wave of starting pitching prospects should start to arrive this year, with most of the top pitching prospects...

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2011 Spring Training Battles: 5th Starter Spot

It seems strange to start an article about the 5th starter battle with this statement, but here goes: far too much is made about the 5th starter out of Spring Training. For one, how many teams use just five starters in a season?  Last year the Pirates had seven starters making ten starts or more, and two more starters making nine starts.  In 2009 they had seven starters making double digit starts.  In 2008 they only had five starters...

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Highlights From Frank Coonelly’s MLB.com Chat

Frank Coonelly held his monthly chat on MLB.com this afternoon.  You can read the transcript here.  Some of the highlights of the chat: -Coonelly mentions that the Pirates are looking to add a bullpen piece or two.  He also said that adding Kevin Correia, and adding Scott Olsen to compete for the 5th starter role has bolstered the rotation for 2011. -He mentioned Rudy Owens, Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Justin Wilson, and Alex Presley as...

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Garrett Atkins and Brian Burres Contract Details

Jennifer Langosch has the contract details for Garrett Atkins and Brian Burres. Atkins will receive an $800,000 salary in the majors.  He also has the following incentives based on plate appearances: $25,000 each for 300, 350, and 400 PAs, $50,000 each for 425, 450, 475, and 500 PAs.  He also has the usual awards incentives.  Atkins can request his release if he’s not on the roster on April 1st or June 1st, giving him two...

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The 2011 Indianapolis Rotation

A few weeks ago I looked at the projected 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, noting that there could be a roster crunch, one which could leave prospects like Chase D’Arnaud and/or Jordy Mercer back in AA to start the 2011 season.  The same situation is starting to form with the 2011 rotation in Indianapolis.  Four of the top prospects in the farm system pitched in the Altoona rotation in 2010, and all four are expected to make...

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