Positional Breakdowns: Second Base

The trade of Freddy Sanchez to the Giants had two big impacts to the Pittsburgh Pirates system. The trade brought back top pitching prospect Tim Alderson, but at the same time it created a big hole at second base for the Pirates, with no reliable options ready to step in for the next year or two. The 2009 Season Freddy Sanchez was great in his time with the Pirates. Under Perry Hill, Sanchez improved his defensive skills. On offense...

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World Cup Recap: Saturday

The first round of the World Cup concluded today, with four Pittsburgh Pirates prospects seeing action. Team USA defeated China to advance to the second round. Pedro Alvarez went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Gift Ngoepe went 1 for 3, but South Africa was eliminated from the tournament. In his three games, Gift went 4 for 10 with two runs. Tom Boleska pitched four innings, allowing one run on three hits, with two walks and eight...

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World Cup Recap: Friday

The World Cup continued today with three Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands seeing action, as well as a solid performance by a former Pirates pitching prospect. Team USA defeated Germany on the MLB Network. Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 4 with an RBI single, and some good looking defense. Alvarez made some nice looking plays, and displayed a strong throwing arm in making a few tough plays on slow rollers to third. I was critical of Alvarez and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/9/09

Lynchburg Hillcats vs Wilmington Blue Rocks The Lynchburg Hillcats lost the first game of their best of five series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, losing by a score of 7-1. Justin Wilson had a strong start, but ran in to trouble, giving up four runs in the second inning. Three of those runs were unearned, thanks to errors from Jordy Mercer and Alex Presley. Overall, Wilson went five innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on six...

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Pittsburgh Pirates World Cup Schedule Round One

The Baseball World Cup began today, and you probably noticed the Pittsburgh Pirates Winter League Tracker, along with all of the individual players playing in the World Cup from the Pirates’ system. The Pirates have six players in the World Cup: Pedro Alvarez – USA Brad Lincoln – USA Dustin Molleken – Canada Gift Ngoepe – South Africa RJ Rodriguez – Puerto Rico Tom Boleska – Great Britain Here...

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