Pedro Alvarez and Chase d'Arnaud top Carolina League prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2009 Carolina League today, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having two representatives from their class high A affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats. Top Pirates prospect Pedro Alvarez was rated third, while Chase d’Arnaud finished 13th in the rankings. Alvarez struggled at the plate in his time with Lynchburg, hitting for a .247/.342/.486 line in 243 at-bats, but showed good...

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Help fight cancer and get a baseball autographed by Pirates prospects

UPDATE 9/27, 6:15 PM: The bidding is up to $193.55 at the time of this update, with a little less than 3 hours remaining. The auction ends tonight at 9:10 PM EST. See below for details on the auction, and to bid, go here. UPDATE 9/27, 9:15 AM: The bidding is up to $154.53 at the time of this update, with a little less than 12 hours remaining. The auction ends tonight at 9:10 PM EST. See below for details on the auction, and to bid, go...

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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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Interview with Jordy Mercer

Jordy Mercer was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2008 draft. After signing quickly, he went on to hit for a .250/.300/.349 line in 192 at-bats with Hickory. He spent the entire 2009 season in Lynchburg, hitting for a .255/.314/.400 line, with 10 homers in 513 at-bats. I had a chance to interview Jordy, and we discussed the draft, his defensive skills, and his plans going forward. Here is what he had to say:...

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Interview with Matt Hague

Matt Hague was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth round of the 2008 draft. He signed immediately, and was hot out of the gate, batting for a .322 average in his first half season. Hague carried that hitting success over to high A this year, batting .293 on the season, and helping to lead the Hillcats to the Carolina League title. I had a chance to interview Matt, the same day as his home run in the opening game against...

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