The 2011 Indianapolis Rotation

A few weeks ago I looked at the projected 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, noting that there could be a roster crunch, one which could leave prospects like Chase D’Arnaud and/or Jordy Mercer back in AA to start the 2011 season.  The same situation is starting to form with the 2011 rotation in Indianapolis.  Four of the top prospects in the farm system pitched in the Altoona rotation in 2010, and all four are expected to make...

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Pirates Add Five, DFA Duke, LaRoche, Delwyn

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added five players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, and designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche, and Delwyn Young for assignment.  The five players added were Jeff Locke, Daniel Moskos, Tony Watson, Kyle McPherson, and as reported here earlier, Michael Crotta. The moves to clear space are a surprise, at least in terms of timing.  With guys like Brian Burres and Chris Leroux on...

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Michael Crotta to be Added to 40-Man?

Still waiting to confirm this, but from what I’ve been told, Indianapolis Indians pitcher Michael Crotta will be added to the 40-man roster tonight, which will protect the right hander from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  Crotta was eligible for the first time in 2009, although he was coming off a season with a 4.76 ERA in 143.2 innings, with a 6.1 K/9, a 2.1 BB/9, and an 0.4 HR/9 ratio at the AA level. Crotta started off strong in...

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Who Would You Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

The deadline to add players to the 40-man roster, in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft, is tonight at midnight.  Earlier today we reviewed some of the players who should be protected, along with some of the players who could be removed from the 40-man roster to create room for those new additions.  Now it’s time for your input. Jeff Locke, Daniel Moskos, and Nathan Adcock are all favorites to be added to the 40-man...

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Candidates To Be Added To The 40-Man Roster

The Pirates not only will face a lot of difficult decisions in removing players from the 40-man roster, but also in adding them.  Two factors contributing to the crunch are the numerous trades in which the team acquired prospects and surprising seasons from several players who’ve been around a while.  What follows is a list of the more significant players in the system who will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, as well as a few...

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