2009 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap

Indianapolis produced two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best players in the 2009 season: Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones. The first was expected, as Andrew McCutchen has been at, or near the top of the Pirates prospect lists since he was drafted. The second came as a surprise, with Jones signing as a minor league free agent, having never put up numbers like this at AAA, or the majors. The end of the season saw two more top...

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Pirates call up Neil Walker and Virgil Vasquez

The Pirates have called up third baseman Neil Walker, and pitcher Virgil Vasquez with Major League rosters expanding today. The 25-Man Roster has been updated, along with the 40-man roster/payroll projection. Walker recently complained that there was a bias towards Neal Huntington acquired players, and that he was being held back due to being a Dave Littlefield prospect. He backed those comments up by hitting for a .339 average in the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/28/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: The Pirates signed four prep pitchers to above slot deals. The only player to make his debut so far has been Trent Stevenson. Stevenson has gradually increased his workload in his first five outings, starting with one inning pitched in the first, two in the second, three innings in the third outing, four in his fourth outing, and five innings tonight. The process seems like a good way to ease the prep...

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September Call-Ups

I’ve seen a lot of September call-up talk in the last week or two, but I wanted to wait until closer to the end of the month before I did my “what would I do” post on the topic. Before I get in to that, let me share my biggest pet peeve with September call-ups. Major league teams are allowed to expand their rosters from 25-men to 40-men in the month of September, with the players on the 40-man roster being the only...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/21/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 15-6 to Louisville. -Jose Tabata went 3 for 5 with a double and a stolen base.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4. Other Game Notes: Neil Walker went 2 for 4. Jeff Sues pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. AA The Result: Altoona won 4-1 against Bowie. -Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 4 with a double....

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