2009 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap

Indianapolis produced two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best players in the 2009 season: Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones. The first was expected, as Andrew McCutchen has been at, or near the top of the Pirates prospect lists since he was drafted. The second came as a surprise, with Jones signing as a minor league free agent, having never put up numbers like this at AAA, or the majors. The end of the season saw two more top...

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When will the offense arrive for LaRoche?

Going in to the 2008 season, Andy LaRoche ranked as the top hitting prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system, and the number two overall prospect for the Dodgers. He also ranked 31st overall in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects in baseball. In their scouting report on LaRoche, he was listed with the potential of an every day third baseman with below average defense, who could bat in the middle of the lineup....

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What does Perry Hill want?

The more I think about the Perry Hill situation, the more I think it might just be about money. It’s the only thing that really makes sense. There has been talk about Hill’s reaction to the trades. Dejan Kovacevic reported the following yesterday: Plain and simple, it is that management had assured him upon signing up late in 2008 that there would be no massive rebuilding, that the infielders with whom he would work would...

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September Call-Ups

I’ve seen a lot of September call-up talk in the last week or two, but I wanted to wait until closer to the end of the month before I did my “what would I do” post on the topic. Before I get in to that, let me share my biggest pet peeve with September call-ups. Major league teams are allowed to expand their rosters from 25-men to 40-men in the month of September, with the players on the 40-man roster being the only...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/22/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Aside from the usual daily rundown of all of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league teams, I decided to add something extra to the prospect watch, starting tonight. Each night I’ll start out with a short feature on a prospect in the Pirates’ system. Usually this will be a guy who has been hot lately, and who I feel that Pirates fans should keep an eye on. Tonight I’m looking at Tom...

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