Wrapping up the Winter Meetings

The 2009 MLB Winter Meetings are over, after a pretty uneventful week for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates made a few moves, but for the most part these moves were an addition to their bench, or depth in the minors.  It’s starting to look like we should believe Neal Huntington and John Russell when they suggest that this could be the team that goes to Spring Training. Not that this is a bad thing.  Take a look...

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Jeff Sues outrighted to AAA

According to Rob Biertempfel via Twitter, the Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted relief pitching prospect Jeff Sues to AAA.  Sues can be assigned to AAA if he clears waivers.  Sues had an 8.5 K/9 and a 4.2 BB/9 in 78.2 innings in AA this year, with a 4.46 ERA.  In AAA he posted a 6.00 ERA in just 12 innings, with a 9.0 K/9 and a 6.0 BB/9.  Obviously his main problem this past year was a lack of control. It’s...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 41-45

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. This week I’ll be running through prospects 31-50 in groups of five, with one group a day. Starting next week 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 Here are...

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Positional Breakdowns: Relief Pitcher

The 2009 season wasn’t exactly a good one for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen. Pirates’ relievers combined for a 4.61 ERA, ranking 26th in the majors. Their .259 BAA ranked 23rd in the majors. The bullpen blew 17 saves, which was one of the ten fewest in the majors, but that’s because they only had 45 save opportunities, the third fewest in the majors. Overall, their 62 percent save ratio ranked 24th in the...

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2009 Altoona Curve Season Recap

It’s a widely held belief that the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t have any prospects in the upper levels. That’s not exactly the case. The Pirates had five of their best prospects in Altoona at some point this season, although outside of those five, there was a huge lack of depth. Brad Lincoln started it all off, rebounding from a sub-par 2008 season, which was his first since returning from Tommy John surgery. Jose Tabata...

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