Prospect Notebook: New Addition Rowland Dropped Arm Slot During Off-Season

Robby Rowland was about to lay down for a nap a few hours before tip-off in the Final Four game between Kentucky and Louisville when he got the call. Arizona Diamondbacks farm director called to inform Rowland that he had been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates received Rowland in a deal that allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to keep 2011 Rule 5 pick Brett Lorin. Arizona drafted Lorin in December after the Pirates’...

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2012 West Virginia Power Season Preview

The 2012 West Virginia Power will feature one of the most interesting teams to watch in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system this year, with a lot of high upside prospects at the level. The team will open with three top ten prospects in Josh Bell, Stetson Allie, and Nick Kingham. High upside guys like Jose Osuna, Alen Hanson, Willy Garcia, Gregory Polanco, Ryan Hafner, Zack Dodson, and Zack Von Rosenberg will also be on...

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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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