The Second Wave

I came to a realization last night as I was doing the game recap for the Indianapolis Indians.  With Pedro Alvarez getting called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates today, there isn’t much talent remaining at the top level.  The first wave of talent has officially arrived, but it may until this time next year before we see any more additions. Alvarez joins top prospects Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, who were both called up...

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Akinori Iwamura Designated for Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Akinori Iwamura for assignment, clearing room for Pedro Alvarez to be added to the 25-man roster.  Iwamura had a very disappointing season with the Pirates, hitting for a .182/.292/.267 line in 165 at-bats.  He was acquired in the off-season in exchange for Jesse Chavez, who coincidentally was optioned to AAA by the Atlanta Braves yesterday. Iwamura has a $4.85 M salary, which the...

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Pedro Alvarez Called Up

The future has officially arrived in Pittsburgh.  Pedro Alvarez has been called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Colin Dunlap of the PPG.  There were some reports earlier today that Alvarez wouldn’t get the call until this weekend, and wouldn’t make his debut until Saturday.  Now it seems that the Pirates will go with a lineup that includes Alvarez, Jose Tabata, Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and...

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May Prospects Rundown: Indianapolis Indians

In the month of April the Indianapolis Indians saw Pedro Alvarez and Brad Lincoln struggling, while Steve Pearce and Neil Walker had breakout months.  Walker and Pearce were both promoted to the majors in the month of May, and tons of speculation exists on whether Alvarez and Lincoln will be up in the opening weeks of June.  The Indians also saw a turnaround in their bullpen, with two...

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Walker to replace Iwamura at second base

According to John Russell, Neil Walker will receive the majority of playing time at second base moving forward. This pushes Aki Iwamura to the bench. With Iwamura out of the lineup, Andrew McCutchen has moved back to the leadoff spot.

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