Pirates Notebook: Crow and Scheppers start tomorrow

The Indy league regular season starts tomorrow, which should mark the debut of Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers, two prospects in the 2009 draft. I say debut meaning the regular season debut, as each player has pitched in Spring Training so far. Both players should hold interest with Bucco fans. Crow was one of the top pitching prospects in the draft last year, and is still a top pitching prospect this year. If he can prove that he...

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Pirates Notebook: Nice start to a long stretch

Yesterday I posted about the controversy over Freddy Sanchez being benched in my “Mythbusters” post. After posting I thought of one more reason why it makes sense to bench Sanchez on Sunday. Today the team started a stretch of 16 games in 16 days, with the final ten games coming on the road. When you consider that Sanchez had played 11 games in 13 days heading in to Sunday, and the Pirates had 16 games in a row coming up,...

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown 5/10

The draft is less than a month away, and we’re starting to hear more certainty about how the first round is going to shape up. Not that this is a big surprise, but the Nationals are rumored to be a guarantee to take Stephen Strasburg. At number two there have been rumors that Seattle could then take Tanner Scheppers. We remember Scheppers as the second round pick we didn’t sign from last year’s draft. Despite the...

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Pirates Notebook: A New Site

Some brief updates on the site below, but first I wanted to talk about my new blog. As most of you know, I used to be a writer/analyst with AccuScore.com until recently. Before working with AccuScore I wrote about fantasy sports for the fun of it. I’m pursuing a different direction career-wise now, but I decided to go back to writing about fantasy sports for the fun of it. My new site is called Roto Aces, and deals specifically...

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Pirates Notebook: The future of LaRoche

Adam LaRoche had been with the Pirates for two years heading in to the 2009 season. In that time he combined for a .271 average and 46 homers in 1055 at bats. The majority of his struggles came in April of each season. LaRoche hit .133 with a homer every 27.67 at bats in April of 2007, only to hit .296 with a homer every 26.67 at bats the remainder of the season. In 2008 he hit .174 with one homer in 86 at bats in April, and .291 with...

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