Positional Breakdowns: Shortstop

Throughout all of the turnover in the last eight years, one thing has been constant with the Pirates: Jack Wilson has been their shortstop. Wilson has stuck around since joining the team at the start of the decade. He’s the only player in recent years who remained with the Pirates in to his free agent eligible years. He was the focus of countless trade rumors the last few seasons. Now that Wilson is gone, the Pirates are faced...

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Pedro Alvarez and Chase d'Arnaud top Carolina League prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2009 Carolina League today, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having two representatives from their class high A affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats. Top Pirates prospect Pedro Alvarez was rated third, while Chase d’Arnaud finished 13th in the rankings. Alvarez struggled at the plate in his time with Lynchburg, hitting for a .247/.342/.486 line in 243 at-bats, but showed good...

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2008 Draft Picks: The First Full Year

The 2008 draft marked the first draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates under Neal Huntington. Right from the start it represented a major change, with the Pirates selecting Pedro Alvarez with the number two pick in the draft. The selection would normally be considered a no-brainer, but for a team that selected Bryan Bullington over B.J. Upton, and Daniel Moskos over Matt Wieters, pretty much every Pirates fan was skeptical about whether the...

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2009 Lynchburg Hillcats Season Recap

If there is any minor league team I’ve given a ton of coverage to this season, it’s been Lynchburg. There are two reasons for this. First, I live near Lynchburg. Second, the Hillcats have been one of the most important teams in our system this year. The Cats started the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top prospect, Pedro Alvarez, along with some other top draft picks from the 2008 draft, like Jordy Mercer, Justin...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Interviews

The complete archive of Pirates Prospects interviews by Pittsburgh Pirates prospects: Pirates Personnel Neal Huntington/Frank Coonelly Frank Coonelly Jim Benedict Part One Part Two Neal Huntington Part One Part Two Jeff Johnson Current Pirates Players Matt Benedict Victor Black Evan Chambers Tyler Cox Matt Curry Chase d’Arnaud Kawika Emsley-Pai Matt Hague Brock Holt Phillip Irwin Mike Jefferson Nick Kingham Chris Lashmet Brian...

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