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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Five Things That Need to Continue

It is way too early to be talking about any trends, hot starts, numbers, or anything else from the minor league season, which only started on Thursday.  Some players have gotten off to hot starts, some players have gotten off to cold starts.  Some pitchers had great outings, some pitchers had bad outings, and some pitchers haven’t even pitched yet.  Any analysis of a player’s 2011 numbers is far too premature. There are...

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The Quixotic Search for a Shortstop – Part 2

The second and final part of this series will look at the state of shortstops around the major leagues.

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