Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/16/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 9-5 against Pawtucket. Game Notes: Ian Snell pitched 6.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits, with seven strikeouts and five walks. Lastings Milledge went 2 for 3 with two walks. Robinzon Diaz went 2 for 6. Brian Bixler went 2 for 5. Steve Pearce went 3 for 5. Shelby Ford went 3 for 5 with his second homer of the year. The guy...

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Jam Packed Pirates Trade Market Preview

At the start of the season I did a trade preview, asking whether the Pirates should trade guys like Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, and Adam LaRoche. The main argument against trading these guys was that we had no replacement options at any of these positions. That’s not something that has changed since the start of the season. In fact, we’re worse off now than we were then. At the start of the season we at least had hope...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Half-Season in Review

Back in April I posted my 17 things to watch for in 2009 (besides the losing streak). With the All-Star break here, I figured now would be a good time to recap those 17 things, to see how the Pirates have come along in certain areas this season. Here is the recap: 17. The performance of the 2008 draft class. The Pirates went all out, spending almost $10 M in the 2008 draft, including going over slot on several high impact players in...

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Pirates Notebook: Back to the Futures

The MLB Futures Game is tomorrow at 2 PM EST. Pedro Alvarez and Brad Lincoln will be representing the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Alvarez batting fifth as the DH in the starting lineup of the US roster. In preparation of the Futures game tomorrow, I decided to go back over the rosters of past futures games, noting the presence of current and past Pirates, as well as some of the studs and duds from each year. 2008 Pirates: Andrew...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/10/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Toledo. Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 0 for 4 in his debut at Indianapolis. Ian Snell pitched six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, with four strikeouts and one walk. Steven Jackson pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout. AA The Result: Altoona lost 2-1 in 14 innings to Bowie. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 5...

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