BUCCO Fans.com 2009 MVP: Andrew McCutchen

The final results of the MVP Tracker are posted, and Andrew McCutchen finished at the top of the rankings as the 2009 BUCCO Fans.com MVP for the Pittsburgh Pirates. McCutchen had a strong rookie season, hitting for a .286/.365/.471 line, with 12 homers and 22 stolen bases in 433 at-bats. McCutchen was battling it out with Garrett Jones for the majority of the second half of the season, but sealed the deal by hitting for a...

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Pirates Notebook: The value of signing early

If you’ve been checking out the daily prospect watch articles, you would notice that two Pirates 2008 draft picks have really been tearing it up lately. First round pick Pedro Alvarez has gotten off to a hot start at AA, hitting for a .333 average, a .981 OPS, and an 18.30 AB/HR ratio in 183 at-bats. Since the start of July, Alvarez is hitting .367, with a 1.046 OPS, and a 19.75 AB/HR ratio in 158 at-bats. Alvarez was hitting...

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Pirates Notebook: The draft dust has settled

Earlier today I posted some numbers on the draft, a day after the draft pick signing deadline. Now for some quick hit analysis on the draft, including some information that has come out today. Total Spending Jennifer Langosch reports that the Pirates spent $8.919 M in the draft. In my Draft Pick Signing Tracker I had the Pirates spending $8,606,900 on the announced bonuses. The only bonuses announced after the tenth round were 12th...

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Pirates Notebook: Cedeno could make Wilson/Snell deal a steal

It’s been less than two weeks, which is hardly a good enough sample size to evaluate a trade, but the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal is looking great right now. The main reason is probably due to the guy no one expected big things from: Ronny Cedeno. I was against trading Jack Wilson this season, mostly because the Pirates didn’t have an immediate replacement option for him at short, at least not one who could provide the same...

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Pirates Notebook: No need to call Clement up

Jeff Clement has gotten off to a great start with the Indianapolis Indians, batting for a .343/.439/.800 line with five homers in 35 at-bats in his first nine games since coming over in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal. That gives Clement a .292/.372/.531 line in 407 AAA at-bats this season, with 19 homers. Clement was the top prospect in Seattle in 2006 and 2008, falling to number two on the list in 2007 due to Adam Jones taking over...

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