The Rule 5 Roster Crunch Begins Early

Dejan Kovacevic shed some light on the Ronald Uviedo trade for Dana Eveland today, by saying that Uviedo would have probably been cleared off the 40-man roster this winter in order to make room for some first time eligible Rule 5 prospects.  For a detailed rundown on the Rule 5 draft, check out the Rule 5 wiki page.  For a short rundown: Players who are in the organization but not on the 40-man roster are eligible if: -They...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/22/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Durham 9-1.  Hayden Penn had a good start, going six innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits, with three walks and nine strikeouts.  Penn has looked good in his last three starts, combining for 18 innings, two unearned runs, ten hits allowed, seven walks and 18 strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.  Steven...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/17/10

The State College Spikes’ 2010 season starts tomorrow.  The season preview will be up tonight. INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) The Indianapolis Indians beat Buffalo 2-0.  Hayden Penn got the start, pitching six shutout innings, and allowing three hits, four walks, and striking out four.  Anthony Claggett and Wilfredo Ledezma each added a perfect inning in relief.  Jean Machi got the save, with a shutout inning,...

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The Jack Wilson/Ian Snell Trade is a Win

Every time someone mentions all of the trades made by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last two years, the consensus is that the Xavier Nady trade is the only one which stands out as a sure win.  After today, I think it’s safe to say that we can add the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell trade to the win column. It’s not like anything happened today that made the trade suddenly look good.  The trade has looked good for awhile...

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May Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders looked like a huge success story when I reviewed them last month.  Then I looked a little closer at the team, and found a reason to throw cold water on their hot start.  The Bradenton offense was looking great, but almost all of the players had drastic home/road splits, which was probably due to McKechnie Field being a hitter friendly park.  It definitely put hot starts like the one Quincy...

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