The Upcoming Roster Crunch

The Pirates have some interesting decisions to make in the next few weeks.  It’s very likely that Neil Walker, Brad Lincoln, Jose Tabata, and Pedro Alvarez could be called up in the next month, and if all four get the call, the current 25-man roster could see some major changes. It’s not a guarantee that all four players will get the call, but for now let’s assume all four players will be up by this time next...

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Beware the “Quad-A” label

Despite impressive Triple-A production, both Jeff Clement and Steve Pearce have failed in limited major league opportunities. Does that mean they are Quad-A players, simply unable to make that jump? Will Neil Walker go down that same path?

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Notes: Daniel McCutchen, Hunter Strickland, Links

Some Monday afternoon notes, and a few interesting links… -According to Scott McCauley, Daniel McCutchen was placed on the disabled list in Indianapolis.  Rob Biertempfel reports that it was due to arm fatigue.  In McCutchen’s last outing his velocity was only topping out at 90, and he was hit around to the tune of seven runs and 12 hits allowed in six innings. -Rob Biertempfel also reports that Hunter Strickland...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/16/10

The Venezuelan Summer League starts tomorrow.  Look for my preview post later tonight. INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 6-5 to Toledo.  Hayden Penn pitched five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched two perfect innings in relief.  Wilfredo Ledezma snapped his streak of nine straight appearances without a run, allowing two runs...

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When will we see Neil Walker in Pittsburgh?

I can’t say I’ve really been a Neil Walker fan these past few years.  Just like with Jeff Clement, I don’t like the idea of taking a top catching prospect and converting him to a corner infield position.  It’s not a matter of defense.  Walker has been fine by most accounts at third base, and Clement hasn’t seemed to have a major problem moving to first base.  It’s all about the...

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