Pirates Videos, 2010 Draft Prospects, Willy Garcia, Player Pages

A few notes before I call it a night: -Jennifer Langosch has some YouTube videos up of the Pirates’ Spring Training workouts, along with some information, including a tour of the DR facility.  Good stuff there, so check it out. -Bryce Harper went 1 for 3 tonight.  Southern Nevada has three more games of tournament play this weekend before taking a short break.  They return March 5th for the conference games, which...

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Joel Hanrahan Injured

Some bad news coming out of Spring Training this morning as Joel Hanrahan is reported to be out with a right flexor-pronator strain, and will visit Dr. James Andrews next week, a visit that is never good.  Chuck Finder has the following quote from Hanrahan: “It’s something that I kind of battled with in August and Septemeber,” months where he permitted opponents to hit a .162 average and crafted a 0.42 ERA....

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Going Cheap Pt 3: 2010 Bullpen Options

In part one of this series I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In part two of this series I looked at how you could find cheap bullpen options.  While there are probably many ways to do this, the two trends I am focusing on here are as follows: 1. Relief pitchers with strong K/9, K/BB, and HR/9 ratios in the minors.  Normally I’d look for a 6.0 or better, 2.0 or better, and 1.0 or less...

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Going Cheap Pt 2: Where do good players come from?

Yesterday, in part one of this series, I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In my review of the best relievers in the 2009 season I found that 35 were cheap additions, while 18 were expensive options.  The important question to ask today is: what is the difference between a cheap option and an expensive option.  You may be quick to say that money, or the cost of acquiring the reliever via trade, is...

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Going Cheap Pt 1: Can you find cheap bullpen options?

Today I was out picking up some Christmas presents when I decided to stop off at the store and grab some cereal.  I typically have one major rule when it comes to choosing a cereal: anything with a cartoon character on the box.  Since I still have a somewhat healthy cereal option (frosted shredded wheat) I decided to go for a “I probably shouldn’t be eating something with marshmallows for breakfast, but it’s...

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