Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/8/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 2-1 to Columbus. Game Notes: Ryan Doumit continues to go hitless in his rehab stint, going 0 for 3. Tom Gorzelanny went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits, with four walks and two strikeouts. Not a good outing for Gorzelanny, with a high walk rate, but he managed to come out with just one run allowed. AA The Result: Altoona won 1-0...

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Pirates Notebook: Big Weekend for the Pirates

According to Chuck Finder of the PPG, two Pittsburgh Pirates draft picks will be in town this weekend for what amounts to a “recruiting visit”. Those players are sixth round pick Zach Von Rosenberg, and eighth round pick Billy Cain. Both pitchers are high school players with college commitments. ZVR is committed to LSU, who recently won a National Championship. Cain is committed to Texas, the team that LSU beat to win the...

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Pirates Notebook: The 2011 Core?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a nice situation right now in Altoona. Their top three hitting prospects (I’m not including McCutchen in that statement, just the minor league guys) are all playing for the same team. The other day I pointed out how Gorkys Hernandez has been much better since Jose Tabata returned from his injury. Gorkys is batting .381/.435/.476 in that short time period, with a hit in five out of six games. My theory...

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Pirates Notebook: Cardinals and Astros go nuts signing picks

Often there’s a certain group of Pittsburgh Pirates fans who remind me of Randy Quaid’s character in Major League II (I think I’ve seen Pat at WHYGAVS refer to them as the Tin Foil crowd). I realize that there’s a lot to complain about in 16, going on 17 losing seasons, but it gets to the point where the complaining becomes ridiculous. I’m not talking about this type of complaining… No, the...

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Pirates Notebook: Penguins show what is wrong with the Pirates

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Penguins winning their first Stanley Cup since 1992 (which was the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season) I’ve noticed a lot of people wondering why the Pirates can’t compete in a city where the other two professional sports teams are currently champions. A few of the common complaints I’ve noticed: -The Penguins actually pursue free agents (Fedotenko, Satan)-Rather...

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