Notes: Minors, Walker, Ranaudo, 2010 Draft, Dynasty

A few notes from the last few days: -Jennifer Langosch had some great notes on several minor league players yesterday.  A brief summary: Pedro Alvarez will remain at third base, but that could be influenced by the play of Andy LaRoche or Jeff Clement. The key for Neil Walker is hitting.  The article includes a quote from Kyle Stark saying the Pirates will find a place for Walker if he improves that area of his game. Jose...

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Notes: Non-Roster Invitees, Bryce Harper, 2010 Draft

A few brief notes… -The Pirates added three more non-roster invitees to Spring Training today, according to Dejan Kovacevic. Those three players are shortstop Brian Friday, infielder Doug Bernier, and catcher Hector Gimenez.  None are really expected to compete for a roster spot, and only Friday has a future with the team.  The Spring Training tracker is updated with the additions. Bernier is new to the organization....

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The Shortstop Situation

Yesterday Dejan Kovacevic reviewed the team needs that have been filled this off-season, noting that the Pirates plugged a big hole at second base, and filled a need with their additions to the bullpen.  However, DK made a good point that shortstop, much like second base, was a big need heading in to this off-season, and that the Ronny Cedeno/Bobby Crosby combo might not be the answer. Back in October, when the off-season was...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 30 – Brian Friday

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 36-40 31-35 Now on to prospect number 30: 30. Brian Friday, SS 2009 Season: Coming in to the season Friday was fresh off a...

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Perry Hill not returning

According to Chuck Finder on the PBC Blog, Perry Hill won’t be returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates next season. The loss of Hill could be bigger than the loss of any player the Pirates have traded away the last two seasons. Hill is an excellent infield defensive coach, and his impact has been clear this off-season. Take Andy LaRoche, for example. LaRoche looked horrible on defense last year, and had a -0.1 UZR in his 502.1...

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