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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Pirates Notebook: An objective look at the hot start

The 11-7 start to the season, complete with a sweep of the Florida Marlins, and a 2-1 series win against the San Diego Padres, had a lot of Pirates fans with high hopes for the 2009 season. The last two games against the Brewers have put those hopes in a free fall. A question that needs to be asked is: was the 11-7 start legit? The Pirates split a four series against the Cardinals to start the year. The same result came in a shortened...

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown 4/23

Dustin Ackley and Rich Poythress are clearly the two best hitters in the Draft Prospects Tracker (and granted I’m only tracking three hitters, but these are two of the few college players considered good enough for a top pick). My feeling is that Ackley is a much better pick, not only due to his hitting and athleticism, but due to the fact that he can play at first base, or in the outfield. I also had concerns that Rich...

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown 4/15

This is a feature I’d like to do every week, ideally on Monday. It will basically be a rundown of all of the draft prospects I’m tracking in the Draft Prospects Tracker. I wanted to do this on Monday, but between getting taxes ready, getting the car inspected, and a killer headache that has lasted pretty much all week, I’ve held off on this first edition. That being said, let’s get to it… Dustin Ackley...

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2009 Pirates Draft Prospects Tracker

2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Preview The Draft Prospects Tracker was last updated on: 6/7/09 Draft Prospects Weekly Rundown: April 15thApril 23rdMay 10thMay 18th – Elimination Style Round OneMay 25th – Elimination Style Round TwoJune 1st – Final EliminationsDraft Prospect Finalist: Dustin AckleyDraft Prospect Finalist: Aaron CrowDraft Prospect Finalist: Jacob Turner VOTE for your ideal pick on the poll at the top...

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