Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Hitters

The second in a series of 3 articles will present trade chips for potential trading partners with the Pirates. This article will focus on Hitter prospects in the full-season leagues.

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First Base Upgrade: Do the Pirates Have One Internally?

The Pittsburgh Pirates don’t exactly have a loaded offense.  They’ve got a lot of young players who are holding down roster spots, regardless of their inconsistent performances, which is a normal thing for young players.  They’ve got a few defensive-minded players holding down spots solely for their defensive value, such as Ronny Cedeno at shortstop, and Michael McKenry behind the plate.  About the only position...

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Matt Hague Named to IL All-Star Team

Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Matt Hague has been named to the International League All-Star team, according to an Indianapolis Indians press release.  Hague currently has a .324 average in 296 at-bats at the AAA level, with eight homers.  He’s been on fire lately, with a .500 average in his last 12 games, spanning 48 at-bats, with four homers during that time span.  In the month of June he has a .385 average, 10 doubles, five...

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The View From the Booth: Joe Putnam

Starting this month, Pirates Prospects will be introducing a new feature to the site called “The View From the Booth”.  On the fourth Monday of every month, we will interview a different broadcaster from one of the minor league affiliates, getting their opinion on how the team they follow looks, as well as some insight on that level of the system.  With the 2011 draft recently taking place, and new players entering the...

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Should the Pirates Make a Move?

At the beginning of this month, I talked about how the Pirates weren’t winning against good teams, and were just beating up on bad teams.  I mentioned that with a June schedule which included the Philadelphia Phillies (34-22 at the time), Arizona Diamondbacks (31-25), Cleveland Indians (33-20), Boston Red Sox (30-26), and Toronto Blue Jays (28-28), the Pirates were unlikely to escape the month of June with a winning record....

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