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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Keith Law’s Prospect Rankings

Keith Law has released his top 100 prospects in baseball, along with his organizational top 10 prospects, both on ESPN Insider. In the top 100, Law ranks Jameson Taillon 30th, and Tony Sanchez 63rd.  He also lists Luis Heredia in his ten prospects who just missed the top 100, mentioning that Heredia’s lack of experience, and questions about how good his off-speed stuff is, kept him off the list. The number 30 ranking is probably...

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Highlights From Frank Coonelly’s MLB.com Chat

Frank Coonelly held his monthly chat on MLB.com this afternoon.  You can read the transcript here.  Some of the highlights of the chat: -Coonelly mentions that the Pirates are looking to add a bullpen piece or two.  He also said that adding Kevin Correia, and adding Scott Olsen to compete for the 5th starter role has bolstered the rotation for 2011. -He mentioned Rudy Owens, Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Justin Wilson, and Alex Presley as...

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