Positional Breakdowns: Second Base

The trade of Freddy Sanchez to the Giants had two big impacts to the Pittsburgh Pirates system. The trade brought back top pitching prospect Tim Alderson, but at the same time it created a big hole at second base for the Pirates, with no reliable options ready to step in for the next year or two. The 2009 Season Freddy Sanchez was great in his time with the Pirates. Under Perry Hill, Sanchez improved his defensive skills. On offense...

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What Pirates prospects are above average?

Baseball America released a list of minor league averages today, which is an excellent reference to check out if you want to put a minor leaguer’s stats in to perspective. Basically the list has the average stats for each league, along with the average age for the players at each level. The stats are very telling about the leagues. For example, the average batting average in the PCL is ten points higher than in the International...

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Victor Black a top New York-Penn League Prospect

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2009 New York-Penn League, which is the league that Pittsburgh Pirates class A short season affiliate, the State College Spikes, play in. The only Pirate prospect to make the list was Victor Black, who came in at number six. Black was taken by the Pirates with the last pick in the compensation portion of the first round, the pick the Pirates received for not signing Tanner...

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2009 Draft Picks: The First Look

The 2009 draft started off very controversial. The Pirates, with the fourth pick in the first round, selected catcher Tony Sanchez, ranked by many as a late first round talent. They selected Victor Black at the end of the compensation round, right about where Black was expected to go. Then they took Brooks Pounders and Evan Chambers in the second and third rounds, both selections considered reaches. Day two caused things to all make...

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2009 State College Spikes Season Recap

One of the big stories last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was the horrible performance of the 2008 State College Spikes. The 2008 Spikes went 18-56, mostly due to some horrible pitching numbers thanks to a heavy dose of fastballs and not much else, which left the hitters knowing what was coming. The 2008 team may not have been a failure though. I broke down the 2008 Spikes a few months ago, noting that the...

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