A trade in the works?

Earlier today it was reported that the Pirates claimed outfielder Brandon Jones off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves.  Shortly after the move, Rob Biertempfel posted a comment on Twitter telling Pirates fans not to get too attached to Jones.  After the comment I speculated that Jones might have been a “claim and trade”, since only the Washington Nationals had a shot at Jones, and it’s likely that one of...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 41-45

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. This week I’ll be running through prospects 31-50 in groups of five, with one group a day. Starting next week I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 Here are...

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Positional Breakdowns: Third Base

About a month ago I was at PNC Park for the Baseball Prospectus event, which included a Q&A session with Neal Huntington. In the Q&A session, Huntington was asked about moving Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates’ top prospect to first base. Huntington’s response was that, until someone stepped up as a proven major league third baseman, no one would be changing positions. The Pirates have three main options at third base,...

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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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