Chase d’Arnaud to the AAA DL

Chase d’Arnaud has been placed on the Indianapolis Indians disabled list, according to Scott McCauley.  No word yet on d’Arnaud’s injury, or how long he will be out, although this comes right in the middle of a hot streak.  D’Arnaud is currently hitting for a .329/.357/.456 line in 79 at-bats in the month of May, including hits in 11 of his last 12 games. I wrote last week about how all of the shortstops in the...

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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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Jackson, Moss Declare FA, Jakubauskas Released

Earlier today the list of minor league free agents came out, with 19 players from the Pirates’ organization electing minor league free agency.  Baseball America also has their transactions report from the last week, with a few more updates. Two moves that have been speculated are official: Steven Jackson and Brandon Moss have declared free agency.  Both players were outrighted off the roster last week, and since it was the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/15/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 4-1 to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Daniel McCutchen pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Brian Bass allowed a run on three hits, getting just one out.  Justin Thomas got the final two outs in the eighth inning, stranding two runners. Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run in his final game with...

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Throwing Cold Water on the Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders have arguably been the best story of the 2010 season so far for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  You’ve got three pitchers who are striking out close to a batter an inning, and allowing just over one walk or hit per inning.  You’ve got eight players hitting for a .282 average or better.  The team as a whole is hitting 15 points higher than any other team in the league, with an OPS that is 40...

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