West Virginia and Bradenton Rosters Set

The 2010 West Virginia Power roster, plus the 2010 Bradenton Marauders roster, were both set today.  The West Virginia roster can be found on their official site, while the Bradenton roster was announced through this press release. The Indianapolis roster has been partially released, although it’s still incomplete. My guess on the lineups/rotations is as follows: West Virginia C - Ramon Cabrera1B - Aaron Baker2B...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 41-45

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. This week I’ll be running through prospects 31-50 in groups of five, with one group a day. Starting next week I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 Here are...

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2009 Draft Picks: The First Look

The 2009 draft started off very controversial. The Pirates, with the fourth pick in the first round, selected catcher Tony Sanchez, ranked by many as a late first round talent. They selected Victor Black at the end of the compensation round, right about where Black was expected to go. Then they took Brooks Pounders and Evan Chambers in the second and third rounds, both selections considered reaches. Day two caused things to all make...

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2009 State College Spikes Season Recap

One of the big stories last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was the horrible performance of the 2008 State College Spikes. The 2008 Spikes went 18-56, mostly due to some horrible pitching numbers thanks to a heavy dose of fastballs and not much else, which left the hitters knowing what was coming. The 2008 team may not have been a failure though. I broke down the 2008 Spikes a few months ago, noting that the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/6/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: No player focus tonight, but a focus on the end of the season. State College wrapped up their season today with a big win, finishing the short season with a 38-38 record, a massive improvement over the 2008 team. Indianapolis, Altoona, and West Virginia all end their seasons tomorrow. Lynchburg ends the regular season tomorrow, but begins the post-season on Wednesday. I’ll be providing playoff...

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