Reviewing the 2011 Rule 5 Roster Crunch

We’ve reviewed the upcoming Rule 5 roster crunch before, noting that the Pittsburgh Pirates will have a lot of players eligible for the upcoming draft in December.  With about half a season in the books, let’s review the best of the first time eligible players, broken down by category.  The categories will be: Must Protect - The obvious choices Good Talent - Guys with the talent, but lacking the results Depth - Guys who...

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Cedeno is Starting to Struggle Again

Last month I wrote about how all of the shortstops at the top levels were having success in the month of May.  Ronny Cedeno ended up with a .286/.368/.405 line, which combined with his great defensive play has given him some value as a starting shortstop.  Chase d’Arnaud hit for a .329/.357/.456 line in AAA.  Jordy Mercer hit for a .318/.372/.486 line in AA.  I talked about how both shortstop prospects were blocked from moving...

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Where Do the New Picks Rank in the System?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to sign a draft pick, and no individual signing is guaranteed.  That’s not stopping us from projecting where the 2011 draft picks would rank with the current top ten prospects.  Each Pirates Prospects writer got together a mid-season list, and figured out where the new picks would fit in.  Obviously this is on a “if they all sign, this is where we’d rank them” hypothetical...

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Chase d’Arnaud to the AAA DL

Chase d’Arnaud has been placed on the Indianapolis Indians disabled list, according to Scott McCauley.  No word yet on d’Arnaud’s injury, or how long he will be out, although this comes right in the middle of a hot streak.  D’Arnaud is currently hitting for a .329/.357/.456 line in 79 at-bats in the month of May, including hits in 11 of his last 12 games. I wrote last week about how all of the shortstops in the...

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Shortstops Thriving in May

One of the biggest needs on the team, at least if you listen to the cries of the fans, is a long term shortstop in Pittsburgh.  Ronny Cedeno has been incredibly inconsistent in his time with the Pirates, showing flashes of a strong defensive ability, but usually following that up by booting an easy, routine play.  The Pirates don’t have a guaranteed shortstop of the future, although they do have two guys with the ability to be...

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