Pittsburgh Pirates Top 30 Prospects Mid-Season Update

There were a lot of questions I had to ask myself when creating this list. How much impact should the 2009 season have? Where should I rank the GCL and VSL guys? Do I add Singh and Patel to the list, and if so, do they combine as one prospect, or get counted separately? I decided to make this a true prospects list, as in, no previous major league time allowed. This means no Lastings Milledge, even thought he’s currently at AAA....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/12/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Toledo. Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 2 for 3. Steve Pearce went 1 for 4 with a homer. Brian Bixler went 2 for 4, raising his average to .250. Starter Eric Hacker got the loss, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out five and walking none. AA The Result: Altoona lost 4-2 against Bowie. -Jose Tabata went 2 for 5 with a double....

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Pirates Notebook: The Success of the 2009 Spikes

I know, it’s hard to call a 12-10 record a “success”, but considering State College went 18-56 last year, a 12-10 record is looking fantastic. Yesterday I went in to detail about the failure of the 2008 Spikes, and the successful impact of the innovative development process for the pitching staff. If you missed it, I’d check it out before reading this. After reading yesterday’s post, you know that the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/7/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 13-6 against Columbus. Game Notes: Brian Bixler went 2 for 6, homering in his third straight game. Ryan Doumit went 0 for 5, and remains hitless in his rehab stint. Not just AAA, but his entire rehab time. Shelby Ford went 2 for 4, with two doubles. Eric Kratz went 3 for 4 with his fourth homer of the season. AA The Result: Altoona got crushed...

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Pirates Notebook: Post Trade Thoughts

I wrote on the Eric Hinske trade and the Nyjer Morgan/Sean Burnett trade earlier today. Check out those links for my thoughts on the deals. In the aftermath of the trades, I’ve got a few more thoughts, which I will provide in no specific order: Where are the left handers? The big issue, following the trade of Burnett, is the lack of left handers in the bullpen. It seemed like the Pirates had nothing but left handers in their...

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