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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Altoona Series Recap and Thoughts
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Altoona Series Recap and Thoughts

After seeing Altoona play a three game series in Trenton this week, I’ll summarize my impressions of the top prospects that I saw, many of them for the first time in person. To make things easier I’ll concentrate only on the players that could rank among the top 30 prospects in the system. Unfortunately I was not able to see either Bryan Morris or Tim Alderson make an appearance so I have nothing new on them, although both...

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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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Altoona Updates: Leach, Moreno, Hughes, Alderson

Yesterday, the 2011 Altoona Curve roster was announced.  A few updates to that roster, via Cory Giger: -Brian Leach will not be in the starting rotation.  Instead, Leach will move to the bullpen.  In the long term, Leach is more of a relief pitching prospect, although the decision to move him to the bullpen so early is a bit of a surprise.  It could also mean that Leach could now be on the fast track to the majors, assuming he does...

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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Altoona Curve preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  As I mentioned in last week’s preview of the Indianapolis bullpen, a minor league bullpen isn’t overly important.  That’s especially true the lower you go in the minors.  Most bullpen guys in the lower levels aren’t likely to reach the majors, and if...

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