2010 International Signing Period Preview

Last year at this time all of the talk was about Miguel Angel Sano, the top prospect on the international market, who was believed at the time to almost be a lock to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a long summer filled with an age investigation, and a breakdown in communications between the Pirates and Sano’s agent, Rob Plummer, Sano ended up signing with the Minnesota Twins for about half a million more than what...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/25/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 9-8.  Michael Crotta pitched five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Corey Hamman pitched two shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out one.  Vinnie Chulk added a perfect inning, with two strikeouts.  Jean Machi closed things out, but not before adding two runs in an inning of work. Jeff Clement went...

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2010 GCL Pirates Preview

The 2010 GCL Pirates season started on Monday, but due to the lack of rosters, I was unable to do the preview for the start of the season.  Now that the rosters are official, we can take a look at some of the top prospects at the level, plus what to watch for later in the season. The 2010 season can be divided up in to two parts: the present and the future.  Most of the prospects at the level right now will move up the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/17/10

The State College Spikes’ 2010 season starts tomorrow.  The season preview will be up tonight. INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) The Indianapolis Indians beat Buffalo 2-0.  Hayden Penn got the start, pitching six shutout innings, and allowing three hits, four walks, and striking out four.  Anthony Claggett and Wilfredo Ledezma each added a perfect inning in relief.  Jean Machi got the save, with a shutout inning,...

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2010 VSL Pirates Preview

The Venezuelan Summer League Pirates were one of the best stories in the Pirates organization during the 2009 season.  The VSL Pirates finished with the best record in the league, going 48-22, but losing in the championship 2 games to 1 to the VSL Rays. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the VSL, here is a quick rundown of the league rules and set-up: -Only 7 teams in the league (Pirates, Mariners, Cardinals, Tigers,...

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