Is the 2007 Draft Better Than We Thought?

We all know that the Pirates made a mistake when they passed over Matt Wieters in the 2007 draft, but for the people who follow the draft closely, the rest of the draft looked even worse with a bunch of overdrafts and roster fillers. Now it should be noted that just four years later only six of the players signed are still in the system, but it’s starting to look like the 2007 draft is actually paying off for the Pirates,...

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2011 Bradenton Marauders Roster Announced

The Bradenton Marauders have announced their Opening Day roster for the 2011 season, via a team press release.  The players who will be at the level are as follows: Catchers: Ramon Cabrera, Carlos Paulino Infielders: Calvin Anderson, Aaron Baker, Kelson Brown, Jarek Cunningham, Benji Gonzalez, Elevys Gonzalez, Adalberto Santos Outfielders: Evan Chambers, Robbie Grossman, David Rubinstein, Cole White Pitchers: Nathan Baker, Joe Beimel,...

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2011 Bradenton Marauders Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Brdenton Marauders preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  When you get as low as A-ball, you’re not going to have a lot of top bullpen prospects.  Most of the top arms, even ones that are projected as future bullpen pieces, are in the rotation to maximize their innings.  The guys who are in the bullpen might have a shot at...

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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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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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