2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Indianapolis during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the biggest area of focus for the 2011 Indians: the starting pitchers. It’s no secret that the biggest need for the Pirates in the majors is starting pitching.  The first wave of starting pitching prospects should start to arrive this year, with most of the top pitching prospects...

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Images From Spring Opener (Without the Squashed Manatees)

As you no doubt know, the Pirates beat up on a hapless junior college squad in their spring opener by a score of several million to one, roughly.  For some reason, the annual game against the junior college Manatees is usually something less than a laugher.  The Pirates even lost a few years ago, courtesy of Virgil Vasquez.  This time, however, the junior college kids struggled to throw strikes and make routine defensive plays. Not...

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Who Could Reach the Majors This Year?

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates saw the Major League debuts of several young players.  They saw big time prospects like Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata reach the majors in mid-season, and stick around.  They also saw a few minor players get called up for a cup of coffee, like Alex Presley and Pedro Ciriaco. The Pirates should expect more prospects to arrive this year, and not just the 2010 Altoona rotation.  Here is a list of the...

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Two Years Ago and One Year Ago Today

Looking through the site archives, I noticed two noteworthy items that happened on this date in the last two years: -Two years ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to an extension with Nate McLouth.  At the time, McLouth was coming off a 2008 season where he hit for a .276/.356/.497 line, with 26 homers and 23 stolen bases.  He was one of three extensions signed that off-season, joining Paul Maholm and Ryan Doumit. As we know,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Top 10 Prospects

Over the last two weeks we’ve been counting down the Pirates Prospects 2011 Top 10 Prospects, ending today with 2010 first round pick Jameson Taillon.  Here is the recap of the top 10, with links to the individual write-ups: 1. Jameson Taillon 2. Starling Marte 3. Tony Sanchez 4. Stetson Allie 5. Luis Heredia 6. Bryan Morris 7. Rudy Owens 8. Jeff Locke 9. Zack Von Rosenberg 10. Colton Cain The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect...

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