Notes: Spring Training, Cunningham, Top Prospects, Signings

This morning when I left the house, it was snowing a bit, a cold reminder that winter was still around.  It was not enough to accumulate on the roads, but enough to cover the grass which finally appeared in my yard over the last few days for the first time since December.  When I got home this afternoon to turn on the Pirates, it suddenly felt like Spring.  Well, maybe mentally.  I could still see my own breath,...

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Spring Training Updates: Kevin Hart, Neil Walker, Jean Machi

Going in to Spring Training, it seemed that there would only be four positions up for grabs.  Those were the starting first base position, the fifth rotation spot, the final bench spot, and one bullpen spot.  Jeff Clement has the inside track at first base, there are plenty of options for the bench spot, and the one bullpen spot turned in to two when it was discovered that Joel Hanrahan would start the season on the disabled...

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Pirates Videos, 2010 Draft Prospects, Willy Garcia, Player Pages

A few notes before I call it a night: -Jennifer Langosch has some YouTube videos up of the Pirates’ Spring Training workouts, along with some information, including a tour of the DR facility.  Good stuff there, so check it out. -Bryce Harper went 1 for 3 tonight.  Southern Nevada has three more games of tournament play this weekend before taking a short break.  They return March 5th for the conference games, which...

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Going Cheap Pt 3: 2010 Bullpen Options

In part one of this series I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In part two of this series I looked at how you could find cheap bullpen options.  While there are probably many ways to do this, the two trends I am focusing on here are as follows: 1. Relief pitchers with strong K/9, K/BB, and HR/9 ratios in the minors.  Normally I’d look for a 6.0 or better, 2.0 or better, and 1.0 or less...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2009 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

I’ll be using this thread leading up to, and throughout, the Rule 5 draft in order to provide the most recent rumors on who the Pirates may take, as well as who the Pirates could lose.  Once the draft begins, I’ll update the thread with any results that pertain to the Pirates’ organization.  Keep checking back.  The 2009 Rule 5 draft begins at 9:00 AM. – 10:15 AM: It doesn’t look like the...

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