2011 Indianapolis Indians Roster Announced

Here are the players who will be with the Indianapolis Indians on Opening Day: Catchers: Dusty Brown, Wyatt Toregas Infielders: Pedro Ciriaco, Chase D’Arnaud, Brian Friday, Matt Hague, Josh Harrison, Andy Marte Outfielders: Gorkys Hernandez, Andrew Lambo, Alex Presley, Corey Wimberly Pitchers: Brian Burres, Sean Gallagher, Chris Leroux, Daniel McCutchen, Dan Meyer, Daniel Moskos, Rudy Owens, Justin Thomas, Cesar Valdez, Tony...

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How Short Should Cedeno’s Leash Be?

As I watched Ronny Cedeno bobble an easy double play ball last night, late in the game, a question crossed my mind: how short should the leash be on Cedeno? That’s not because of one play.  Two nights in a row Cedeno made a poor play on an easy double play grounder, and in both cases he put the Pirates at risk of blowing a late lead.  On Sunday he threw wild to second, sending the ball in to right field, and putting the tying...

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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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