First Pitch: Revisiting the Wandy Rodriguez Trade
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First Pitch: Revisiting the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment. Coincidentally, one day later, Rudy Owens made his Major League debut for the Houston Astros. Owens didn’t fare well, giving up five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work. But the end of Rodriguez’s tenure in Pittsburgh, and the debut of Owens give us a good chance to revisit the July 2012 trade. The Pirates sent Owens, Robbie Grossman, and...

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First Pitch: The 2011 Draft is the Exact Opposite of the 2009 Draft

In 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of money on prep pitchers in the middle rounds. The hope was that one of those pitchers could one day emerge as a top of the rotation option, which is something the Pirates hadn’t seen in their system for a long time. So far none of those pitchers have emerged as anything close to top of the rotation guys. Here is a rundown of what the Pirates have from each pitcher. 2nd Round –...

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First Pitch: The 2009 Draft Class Lacking Impact Talent

Today we finished up the Bradenton Marauders recap, which means we’ve wrapped up all of the prep pitchers from the 2009 draft. There are still players from the 2009 draft to cover in the upper levels of the farm system. However, since a bulk of the draft was focused on those prep pitchers, this would be a good time to review the draft. Before we begin, a reminder on my strategy for evaluating a draft. You can evaluate a draft at...

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The Departed – Grossman, Owens, Cain

Taking a look at what the Pirates gave up in the Wandy Rodriguez trade

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Prospect Watch: Doubleheaders and Good Pitching by Altoona

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 4.71) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.27) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.279) – 1-for-6, BB 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.322) – 2-for-7, 2 BB, 4 SB 5. Josh Bell, RF,...

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