Should the Pirates Make a Move?

At the beginning of this month, I talked about how the Pirates weren’t winning against good teams, and were just beating up on bad teams.  I mentioned that with a June schedule which included the Philadelphia Phillies (34-22 at the time), Arizona Diamondbacks (31-25), Cleveland Indians (33-20), Boston Red Sox (30-26), and Toronto Blue Jays (28-28), the Pirates were unlikely to escape the month of June with a winning record....

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Pirates Call Up Eric Fryer, DFA Dusty Brown

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up catcher Eric Fryer from the Indianapolis Indians, and have designated Dusty Brown for assignment.  Fryer was originally acquired by the Pirates in June 2009, in exchange for Eric Hinske.  The Pirates paid the remainder of Hinske’s 2009 salary to get Fryer and Casey Erickson, who was released prior to the season. Last month, I broke down how Fryer has been blocked at every level by top...

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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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Eric Fryer Finally Gets His Shot

If there’s one theme that has surrounded Eric Fryer’s career, it’s that he’s been blocked at every stage by a top catching prospect.  With his promotion to AAA Indianapolis yesterday, he may finally get a chance to prove himself with regular playing time behind the plate. Fryer was drafted in the 10th round of the 2007 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.  Unfortunately for Fryer, the Brewers also drafted a catcher...

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Pirates Promote Three to Indianapolis

A ton of transactions taking place on Memorial Day.  Last night we heard that Ryan Doumit and Steve Pearce are likely to go on the disabled list today.  Josh Harrison is getting the call to the majors, as I mentioned last night, and Dusty Brown is expected to be the other player promoted, to replace Doumit.  Earlier today we reported that Matt Curry has been promoted from West Virginia to Altoona.  Here are all of the corresponding...

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