Looking back at the Gorzelanny/Grabow Trade

The trade that sent John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to the Chicago Cubs was probably one of the least favorite trades amongst Pittsburgh Pirates fans. At the time of the deal I felt there were two factors fueling this reaction. The first factor was the expectations of Pirates fans following the Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez trades. Not many people expected the Pirates to land much of a return for Wilson, so when they brought in Jeff...

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Positional Breakdowns: Second Base

The trade of Freddy Sanchez to the Giants had two big impacts to the Pittsburgh Pirates system. The trade brought back top pitching prospect Tim Alderson, but at the same time it created a big hole at second base for the Pirates, with no reliable options ready to step in for the next year or two. The 2009 Season Freddy Sanchez was great in his time with the Pirates. Under Perry Hill, Sanchez improved his defensive skills. On offense...

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Looking back at the Freddy Sanchez Trade

I wasn’t for the idea of trading Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson this past season. There were two reasons for this. The first reason was that the Pirates didn’t have any replacements ready in the upper levels of their minor league system to take over for Sanchez and Wilson. The other reason was that I didn’t think the Pirates would get much of a return for either player. All along we had heard about how Sanchez and...

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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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Lynchburg Hillcats Championship Game Video Recap

Check out my recap of the game here. This recap includes: -Jeff Locke, innings 1-2-Mike Colla innings 2-5-Matt McSwain inning 6-Ramon Aguero innings 7-9-Ronald Uviedo inning 9-All five at-bats by Jordy Mercer-Tony Sanchez, Josh Harrison, Chase d’Arnaud, and Mercer in the second-The post game awards Watch for: -Nice play by Jose de los Santos (Mike Colla 4th batter)-Nice play by Alex Presley (Matt McSwain 5th batter)-Tony Sanchez...

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