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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The Bradenton Marauders Offense – Is it the park or the players?

As we head into the final week of minor league baseball, the Bradenton Marauders hitters are comfortably leading the Florida State League in both batting average and OPS. They are also leading the league in runs scored and 3rd in homers. What I’m wondering though is if McKechnie Field is assisting in this offensive outburst or if the Marauders just have a great group of talented hitters.

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Altoona Curve 8/2 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the second of three reports on the minor league teams. Also See: State College 7/31 Tuesday August 2 — Altoona Curve I was really looking forward to the Curve game as they have several players that I saw often last year on the...

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Who Would Be Your Minor League Hitter of the Year?

I asked on Twitter today who people would pick as their minor league hitter and pitcher of the year this year, if the season ended today.  The almost unanimous decision for the pitcher was Kyle McPherson.  That’s a good choice, as McPherson has a 2.86 ERA in 116.1 innings, along with a 103:17 K/BB ratio.  As for the hitting side, it wasn’t as clear cut.  The majority were split between Matt Curry and Matt Hague, although...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Matt Curry on a Hot Streak

When it comes to prospects, people tend to take a reactionary approach, putting too much emphasis on short term performance.  If a player gets off to a hot start, people start questioning when he should be promoted.  If a player struggles, people start writing him off.  That’s true regardless of whether the sample is one week, one month, or even one year.  Take Matt Curry for example. Curry absolutely dominated low-A this year,...

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