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: The Infield

We’ve covered the Altoona and Indianapolis infields so far.  The lower levels are where things start getting tricky for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates have focused heavily on the draft the past few seasons.  Because they are adding new players every year, they run in to a potential problem at the lower levels.  If a player struggles, and isn’t ready to make the jump to AA, it creates a position jam, either blocking a...

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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: The Infield

In my preview last week of the 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, I pointed out this quote by Kyle Stark in the Altoona Mirror: It’s possible, Stark said, that the entire starting infield of first baseman Matt Hague, second baseman Jordy Mercer, shortstop Chase d’Arnaud and third baseman Josh Harrison could be back with the Curve. Those four played together all of last season, with Hague and Harrison enjoying the most...

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Out of Nowhere – Sleeper Prospects

Much of the discussion of the Pirates’ farm system the last couple years has centered on GM Neal Huntington’s efforts to restock the system after years of neglect under his predecessor, He Who Shall Not Be Named.  Naturally, it’s been easy to forget the players who were already in the system when Huntington took over, a tendency made a good deal easier by the fact that so few of those players have performed well.  This year, however,...

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West Virginia vs Lakewood Series Recap – Hitters

The following game report is from Omar, who was in attendance for the West Virginia Power/Lakewood Blueclaws series this past week. Also, be sure to check out his report on the West Virginia pitchers. On the hitting side of the team I’ll remind you that they were facing some real good pitchers, and in the Saturday game the home plate umpire’s strike zone got huge from the 5th inning on for both teams, so keeping those...

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