Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: First Base

Heading in to the 2011 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking for a short term answer at first base.  They ended up signing Lyle Overbay, who was coming off a 2010 season where he posted a .243/.329/.433 line in Toronto, which was actually a down year for the first baseman.  Overbay struggled big time with the Pirates, hitting for a .227/.300/.349 line in 352 at-bats before getting released on August 5th.  After he was released,...

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Caribbean Leagues Getting Started

The Caribbean League seasons are getting underway, and there are many Pirates and former Pirates on the rosters. The Mexican Pacific League opened their season on Tuesday night.  OF Rogelios Noris, who spent the 2011 American season with the West Virginia Power, is again playing for his hometown Venados de Mazatlan.  Los Venados opened their season with a 5-1 loss to Los Tomateros de Culiacan.  Noris went 1-for-3 with a single in the...

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Afternoon Notes From Instructs 9/29

Morning practices are over, and the Pirates are about to play a game against the Phillies.  Some notes from this afternoon: -Yesterday I mentioned that Matt Curry and Eric Fryer were both getting time at third base.  Curry was just there in a sandlot type setting, due to the intersquad game.  Fryer, on the other hand, is getting time at third base to increase his versatility.  He was back at third base today during a batting practice...

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Luis Heredia One of Three Pirates Prospects in GCL Top 20

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2011 Gulf Coast League today (scouting reports for subscribers).  The Pittsburgh Pirates had three players on the list, including two in the top five. Luis Heredia led the trio, ranked as the number three prospect in the league.  That’s quite an accomplishment for the youngest player in the league, as Heredia didn’t turn 17 until mid-August. Jose Osuna was the number...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Jose Osuna

We’re a few days in to the 2011 international signing period, and already there have been big deals handed out, with the Texas Rangers even giving a record setting $5 M to Nomar Mazara out of the Dominican Republic.  It is normal to see huge deals during the first few weeks of the signing period.  However, don’t make the common mistake that money equals talent.  One of the best quotes I’ve seen on the international...

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