Could the Pirates Start Trading Prospects Soon?

In my interview with Neal Huntington last week, I asked him whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would be open to trading prospects for major league players.  His response was: We are getting to the point in time where we’re going to be a lot more open to trading our prospects. To trade a top notch prospect for a short term fill, probably not. We’re not there yet. Are we ever going to be there? That’s always going to be a...

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Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011

This is part three of a three part 2011 season preview.  The other two parts are below: 1. 19 Things to Watch For in 2011 2. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market 3. Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011 With the Pittsburgh Pirates focused on rebuilding through the minors, it’s a guarantee that every year we will see a new wave of top prospects arriving in the majors.  Last year’s wave was full of...

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Typical Minor League Timeline

One of the most important pieces of information we must consider when evaluating a prospect is the player’s age relative to the level at which he is playing. If a player is considerably older than most of his competition (or conversely, if he is much younger than his competition), we must account for that when projecting future performance. If you are someone who generally pays attention to the various minor league systems around...

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What The Indianapolis Infield Should Look Like

A few weeks ago I previewed the 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, with a projection of how that lineup would look.  The summary of that projection: C - Jason Jaramillo (Dusty Brown) 1B - Matt Hague 2B - Josh Harrison (Jim Negrych) SS - Pedro Ciriaco (Brian Friday) 3B - Andy Marte DH - Jeff Clement or Josh Fields Candidates for outfield starting roles: Corey Wimberly, Steve Pearce Could arrive in May: Chase D’Arnaud, Jordy...

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Andrew Lambo and Chase D’Arnaud Go To AAA

Earlier today the Pittsburgh Pirates cut ten players from Major League camp.  Andrew Lambo, Chase D’Arnaud, and Brian Friday were all among the cuts, although because they were non-roster invitees, we didn’t initially learn about their assignment.  According to Jenifer Langosch, all three players will go to Indianapolis, starting the season in AAA. That assignment is somewhat of a surprise for Lambo and D’Arnaud....

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