The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide

Today is the official release date for the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide.  The books arrived last week, and all of the pre-sales have been shipped out, with the weekend orders going out this morning.  Some of the pre-sales have already arrived, while a lot of the Pittsburgh area orders are expected to arrive today.  Each shipment included a tracking number, which should have been mailed to you, allowing you to get an estimate...

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Justin Wilson is heating up

Don’t look now, but Justin Wilson may be heating up a bit early this season. Wilson made his professional debut in 2009 with the Lynchburg Hillcats.  The placement was considered aggressive for several reasons.  First, Wilson was just out of college, so the jump to high-A immediately is the extreme.  Second, Wilson was a fifth round draft choice, held out all summer in 2008, and as a result, didn’t play at...

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Lynchburg Hillcats Ring Ceremony

Before Wednesday’s Spring Training game, the 2009 Lynchburg Hillcats, winners of the Carolina League Title, received their championship rings.  It was rather fitting that they received the rings prior to a game against the Boston Red Sox, since the Hillcats defeated the Salem Red Sox to win the title. I’ve uploaded pictures of the ring presentations, with every player getting their ring (at least the players who are...

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Tony Sanchez Video Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Tony Sanchez in the first round of the 2009 draft, surprising everyone by taking Sanchez much higher than he was projected to go by national draft gurus.  The Pirates insisted Sanchez was the top player on their draft board at the time, and that statement started to gain some credibility after Sanchez immediately signed. Sanchez started his career with West Virginia by hitting for a .316/.415/.581...

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Pirates trade Lynchburg to the Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a trade that I hate today, swapping high-A affiliates with the Cincinnati Reds, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Josh Leventhal confirms the story at Baseball America. Pittsburgh would have their high-A affiliate in Bradenton next year, joining the Florida State League. Cincinnati would move their high-A team to Lynchburg, joining the Carolina League. The Pirates have been affiliated with...

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