Optimizing the 25-Man Roster

About a year ago at this time, the Pittsburgh Pirates had started promoting players from their AAA squad to take over for some of the struggling players in the majors.  The decisions to be made were easy.  Aki Iwamura was struggling at second base, with a .173/.274/.250 line at the plate when he was replaced with Neil Walker, who had an impressive .321/.392/.560 line in Indianapolis.  Jeff Clement and Andy LaRoche were also...

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Lyle Overbay: Platoon Candidate

Garrett Jones is doing his job. The Pittsburgh Pirates moved Jones to right field this year, and brought in Matt Diaz to platoon with Jones, utilizing the strength and favorable platoon splits for each player.  So far this season, that is working out favorably for Jones. The left hander is batting for a .280/.393/.547 line on the season, with six homers in 75 at-bats.  That’s entirely fueled by his performance against right...

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Matt Curry – Top 1B prospect in the system?

The early part of the 2011 minor league season has seen more than a few players get off to hot starts, but leading the pack so far is West Virginia Power first baseman Matt Curry.

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First Basemen Off to a Good Start

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted college first basemen near the top of each of their last three drafts.  In 2008 they selected Matt Hague in the ninth round.  Hague was drafted as a third baseman, but moved to first partially because Pedro Alvarez had taken third base, but also due to a lack of range.  The Pirates also took Calvin Anderson as a 12th round pick that year.  In 2009 they drafted Aaron Baker in the 11th round.  In 2010...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/8/11

DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke (4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Chris Snyder (3-for-3, R, 2B, HR, 6 RBI) Home Runs: Eric Fryer (1), Chris Snyder (1) INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Box Score Result: Columbus 3, Indianapolis 2 Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher (4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) Top Hitter: Matt Hague (3-for-4, RBI) Notes: Indianapolis lost to Columbus 3-2, after failing to capitalize on a...

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