Pirates Notebook: How important are left handed relievers?

With the recent trades of Sean Burnett, John Grabow, and Tom Gorzelanny leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates short on left handers, a lot of focus has been on the value of left handed pitching out of the bullpen. The Pirates currently are short on left handed pitching out of the bullpen, not just in the majors, but in the minors as well. Donald Veal is the only lefty reliever on the major league roster, although the only reason he’s...

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After the Deadline: Updating the Top 10 Prospects

Several outlets have updated their top ten prospects following the 2009 MLB trade deadline, and the massive amount of moves seen from the Pirates. John Perrotto has his rankings here, with new addition Tim Alderson ranked second, only behind Pedro Alvarez. Jim Callis of Baseball America has Alderson ranked fourth, behind Alvarez, Brad Lincoln, and Tony Sanchez, with Jose Tabata surprisingly ranked fifth. Callis even ranks Zach Von...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/4/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Durham, allowing four runs in the bottom of the ninth. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 4 with two runs.-Argenis Diaz went 0 for 3 with a walk. -Daniel McCutchen pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with no walks, seven strikeouts and one homer allowed. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 0 for 3. Neil Walker went 1 for 4...

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Pirates Notebook: How much are Jack and Freddy worth?

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pirates have asked Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez to take “sizeable cuts”. I can understand this. It’s not like this is a booming market for free agents. But it does raise a question: how much is each player worth? Let’s start with Jack Wilson. Last year we saw Orlando Cabrera settle for a one year/$4 M deal. Here is how Cabrera compares to Jack Wilson from 2006-2008, aka, the...

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Video Recap of Jeff Locke

I didn’t really plan on going to the Hillcats game tonight. I knew I’d be in Lynchburg for a reading/writing comprehension test as part of my teaching certification process. I knew I’d be out by 7:00 at the latest. I knew that when I got out, I’d be five minutes from the stadium. I knew that Jeff Locke was on the mound. I just didn’t know if I’d end up going to the game. Well, I got out at six, and...

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