First Pitch: The 2009 Draft Class Lacking Impact Talent

Today we finished up the Bradenton Marauders recap, which means we’ve wrapped up all of the prep pitchers from the 2009 draft. There are still players from the 2009 draft to cover in the upper levels of the farm system. However, since a bulk of the draft was focused on those prep pitchers, this would be a good time to review the draft. Before we begin, a reminder on my strategy for evaluating a draft. You can evaluate a draft at...

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Holt’s Whirlwind Season Gives Him Opportunity to Finish in the Bigs

Brock Holt stands at just 5′ 10″ and 170 pounds, but don’t let his size fool you of the drive that he has. “Isn’t that the beauty of this sport?,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “That he’s overachieving, but maybe he’s not because everybody else’s expectations of what’s successful should be, or what a successful second baseman should look like? I just love the fact that guys continue to come along that...

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Pirates Notebook: Holt, McCutchen Pick Up Four-Hit Nights

Since Brock Holt joined the big league club, the infielder has created a spark at the top of the lineup. Holt picked up two hits in his first big league start, and came back even better on Wednesday at PNC Park. With Holt being able to get on base, it put more pressure on the Houston Astros’ starter Jordan Lyles as Andrew McCutchen put together a big night as well. “They showed up big time for us,” Manager Clint...

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Pirates Notebook: Home Runs Hurt McDonald; Holt Gets First Major League Start

Miller Park is a hitter friendly ballpark, and the ball was flying out of it on Sunday afternoon. There were a total of eight home runs combined between the two teams, four of them from the Milwaukee Brewers chased James McDonald from the game in just the third inning. McDonald was impressive his last trip to the mound, in which has been a very inconsistent second half for the right-hander. McDonald allowed just two runs over seven...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Bounces Back After Rough August; Locke Moves In Rotation

The month of August was not a particularly sharp month for veteran A.J. Burnett. After tossing a two-run 8.2 innings performance in Cincinnati to start the month, the right-hander allowed at least four runs in each of his next four starts, posting a 5.18 ERA overall. But as the calendar changed on Saturday, perhaps so did Burnett, who was impressive in Milwaukee. Burnett took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and held the Brewers to...

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