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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Jeff Locke, ground balls, and management’s rationale for wanting Kevin Hart in the rotation

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington NationalsMany Pirates fans mistakenly consider Jeff Locke’s minor league career to be unimpressive. In other news, management has grudgingly demoted Kevin Hart to Triple-A to start the season. Join me as I tie these seemingly unrelated topics together into one simple statistic.

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Baseball America Top 100 Prospects

The Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list came out today, and surprisingly only two players from the Pittsburgh Pirates made the list.  I say surprisingly because one of those players was not Jose Tabata, despite being rated as the number two prospect in the Pirates’ farm system by Baseball America, and despite being rated in the 50-75 range by most other top 100 ranking lists. The two that made the list were Pedro...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 11 – Jeff Locke

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. 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 41-45 36-40 31-35 30 – Brian Friday 29 – Aaron Pribanic 28 – Evan Chambers 27 – Brock Holt 26 –...

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Looking back at the Nate McLouth Trade

Of all the trades that have been made in the last two years, the one that comes as the biggest surprise was the Nate McLouth trade. We knew that the Pirates were shopping Jason Bay and Xavier Nady in 2008. We knew that the Pirates were shopping Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, and Adam LaRoche in 2009. At the same time you could figure that a McLouth trade was in the future plans, especially with Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata in the...

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