Rudy Owens, Diego Moreno Not Rule 5 Eligible

Jennifer Langosch reports today that, contrary to previous belief, Rudy Owens and Diego Moreno are not eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  Langosch explains the reasons in full, and as a summary: -Owens was drafted in 2006, when he was 18, but didn’t sign his contract until May 30, 2007, when he was 19.  The Rule 5 date is June 5th of the year the player was drafted or signed, meaning Owens was considered an 18 year old for...

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BP's top 11 Pirates prospects

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus published full scouting reports for his Top 11 Pirates prospects very early this morning. He also released his rankings for prospects 12-20. Since the Pirates were the first organization on the schedule, the information is available to non-subscribers for free. That is a nice little bonus, so head over and take a look. Kevin is answering questions in the comments section, as well.

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Baseball America top 20 lists

As you may have already seen, Baseball America has been unveiling Top 20 prospects list for each of the minor leagues in recent weeks. After revealing the International League today, they have covered each of the leagues that include Pirates affiliates. Let’s see how the Bucs fared overall.

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Tony Sanchez, Diego Moreno are Top FSL Prospects

Baseball America released their list of the top 20 prospects from the Florida State League in 2011 (scouting reports for subscribers here).  Tony Sanchez and Diego Moreno were the two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects who made the list, with Sanchez coming in 6th, and Moreno finishing 16th. Sanchez, the 2009 first round draft pick of the Pirates, had a shortened season due to getting hit in the face with a pitch, fracturing his jaw and...

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Candidates To Be Added To The 40-Man Roster

The Pirates not only will face a lot of difficult decisions in removing players from the 40-man roster, but also in adding them.  Two factors contributing to the crunch are the numerous trades in which the team acquired prospects and surprising seasons from several players who’ve been around a while.  What follows is a list of the more significant players in the system who will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, as well as a few...

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