Pirates release minor leaguers

Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Pirates have released the following minor leaguers (broken up in to groups, as we already knew about some): Players that we heard about from Baseball America earlier this Spring: Chris Aure, Gerardo Esparza, Jesus Aguilera, Brad Clapp, Jeff Corsaletti, Diomedes Garcia, Gemmy Gonzalez, Edgar Gutierrez, Papiro Juan, Ricardo Paulino, Rafael Quintero, Ciro Rosero, Andres Santos, Carlos Silva. Players...

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Going Cheap Pt 3: 2010 Bullpen Options

In part one of this series I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In part two of this series I looked at how you could find cheap bullpen options.  While there are probably many ways to do this, the two trends I am focusing on here are as follows: 1. Relief pitchers with strong K/9, K/BB, and HR/9 ratios in the minors.  Normally I’d look for a 6.0 or better, 2.0 or better, and 1.0 or less...

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Rule 5 Draft Trends

The Rule 5 draft saw a major change in 2006.  Before 2006, players were eligible for their third Rule 5 draft if they were signed at age 19 or higher, or their fourth Rule 5 draft if they were signed at age 18 or lower.  In 2006, MLB changed that rule to add an extra year in both cases, giving teams an extra year to develop their prospects without being forced to add them to the 40-man roster, or risk losing them in the Rule...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2009 Rule 5 Eligible Players

With the 40-man roster now set, the following Pittsburgh Pirates players are eligible for the 2009 Rule 5 draft, straight from the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki page: Eligible from Previous Drafts Jean Machi Erik Kratz Kyle Bloom Derek Hankins Moises Robles Jeff Corsaletti Ciro Rosero Rafael De Los Santos Adenson Chourio Bradley Clapp Justin Thomas Jeff Karstens Eligible for the first time in 2009 Michael Crotta Michael Dubee Jared Hughes Miles...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 31-35

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. This week I’ll be running through prospects 31-50 in groups of five, with one group a day. Starting next week I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 36-40...

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