The 2011 Indianapolis Rotation

A few weeks ago I looked at the projected 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, noting that there could be a roster crunch, one which could leave prospects like Chase D’Arnaud and/or Jordy Mercer back in AA to start the 2011 season.  The same situation is starting to form with the 2011 rotation in Indianapolis.  Four of the top prospects in the farm system pitched in the Altoona rotation in 2010, and all four are expected to make...

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What Do the Pirates Have in Their 2011 Rotation?

Yesterday I looked at the average production around the majors from each spot in the rotation.  To recap, the numbers from each spot: League Average #1: 3.10 ERA #2: 3.61 ERA #3: 4.15 ERA #4: 4.62 ERA #5: 5.69 ERA Average of the Top 15 Rotations #1: 2.84 ERA #2: 3.31 ERA #3: 3.73 ERA #4: 4.20 ERA #5: 5.41 ERA Average of the Bottom 15 Rotations #1: 3.37 ERA #2: 3.91 ERA #3: 4.56 ERA #4: 5.03 ERA #5: 5.97 ERA Range for Each Spot #1:...

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The Off-Season Additions and the Prospects in the Wings

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the 2011 off-season with holes at first base, right field, shortstop, and the starting rotation.  So far they have added Lyle Overbay to fill the first base role, Matt Diaz to platoon with Garrett Jones in right field, missed out on a few shortstops, and signed Kevin Correia for the rotation, while adding Scott Olsen as an option for the fifth starter role. It seems that two things are certain when it...

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Pirates Add Five, DFA Duke, LaRoche, Delwyn

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added five players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, and designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche, and Delwyn Young for assignment.  The five players added were Jeff Locke, Daniel Moskos, Tony Watson, Kyle McPherson, and as reported here earlier, Michael Crotta. The moves to clear space are a surprise, at least in terms of timing.  With guys like Brian Burres and Chris Leroux on...

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Who Should Be Protected From the Rule 5 Draft?

Today marks the deadline for teams to set their 40-man rosters, and protect players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, held on December 9th.  Teams have until midnight tonight to set their rosters, which should provide for a lot of transactions to watch throughout the day.  The Pirates have the following players who are Rule 5 eligible: Eligible From Previous Years: Adenson Chourio Anthony Claggett Craig Hansen Melkin Laureano...

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