Minor League Opening Day

Today is the opening day for the full season minor league teams, with all four of the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates in action.  The schedule is as follows: Indianapolis Indians (AAA) at Columbus Clippers – 7:05 PM EST The Indians open their season on the road against the Clippers, the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Kevin Hart will take the mound for Indianapolis, with Pedro Alvarez making his AAA debut....

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West Virginia and Bradenton Rosters Set

The 2010 West Virginia Power roster, plus the 2010 Bradenton Marauders roster, were both set today.  The West Virginia roster can be found on their official site, while the Bradenton roster was announced through this press release. The Indianapolis roster has been partially released, although it’s still incomplete. My guess on the lineups/rotations is as follows: West Virginia C - Ramon Cabrera1B - Aaron Baker2B...

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18 Things to Watch For in 2010

I’ve been doing my 2010 preview this week, starting with a look at ten prospects who could make an impact in the majors this season, and following that up with potential trades during the 2010 season.  Today we have 18 things to watch for in 2010.  Last year I did 17 things to watch for besides the losing streak.  This year the theme is 18 things to watch for as the Pirates try to avoid 18 losing years in a...

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Pictures from Pirate City

That’s Mitchell Fienemann.  You may remember reading about him in Dejan Kovacevic’s recap of the 2009 Bradenton Pirates season, in which DK named Fienemann his choice as the team’s top starting pitcher for the 2009 season.  Fienemann posted a 3.79 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 40.1 innings of work at the GCL level last year, thanks to an impressive 26:3 K/BB ratio.  He made six starts, the most out of any...

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Pirates make seven more cuts

The Pittsburgh Pirates made seven more cuts this morning, highlighted by Brad Lincoln being assigned to AAA.  As I reported yesterday, Tony Sanchez was also in this batch of cuts.  Donald Veal, Bryan Morris, Virgil Vasquez, Jeff Sues, and Justin Thomas round out the list.  The assignments are as follows: -Lincoln and Veal to AAA (both will join the AAA rotation)-Sanchez and Morris to minor league camp (both will start...

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