Positional Breakdowns: Starting Pitcher

Going in to the 2008 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were relying on Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny to carry their pitching staff, while hoping that Paul Maholm and Zach Duke matured, and Matt Morris at least provided some production for his well over-priced salary. Snell and Gorzelanny not only failed, they failed in an epic manner. Duke was good at times, but too inconsistent. Morris did nothing and was released early in the season....

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Looking back at the Jason Bay Trade

The biggest criticism of Neal Huntington so far has been the Jason Bay trade. In defense of the critics, the trade hasn’t looked good so far. In his first full season with Boston, Bay hit for a .267/.384/.537 line, with 36 homers. This isn’t new for Bay, as Bay has hit for 30 or more homers in four of his six seasons in the majors, and has combined for an OPS of .895 or greater in five of those seasons. It didn’t...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Rule 5 Eligible Players

The 2009 Rule 5 Draft isn’t until December 10th this year, but it’s never too early to look at the eligible players from the Pittsburgh Pirates. All teams have until November 20th to set their 40-man rosters for the Rule 5 draft, which means all decisions need to be made by November 20th. Eligibility is based on when a player signed his first major league contract. -If a player was 18 and under when he signed his first...

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Pedro Alvarez and Chase d'Arnaud top Carolina League prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2009 Carolina League today, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having two representatives from their class high A affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats. Top Pirates prospect Pedro Alvarez was rated third, while Chase d’Arnaud finished 13th in the rankings. Alvarez struggled at the plate in his time with Lynchburg, hitting for a .247/.342/.486 line in 243 at-bats, but showed good...

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2009 Lynchburg Hillcats Season Recap

If there is any minor league team I’ve given a ton of coverage to this season, it’s been Lynchburg. There are two reasons for this. First, I live near Lynchburg. Second, the Hillcats have been one of the most important teams in our system this year. The Cats started the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top prospect, Pedro Alvarez, along with some other top draft picks from the 2008 draft, like Jordy Mercer, Justin...

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