Pirates release minor leaguers

Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Pirates have released the following minor leaguers (broken up in to groups, as we already knew about some): Players that we heard about from Baseball America earlier this Spring: Chris Aure, Gerardo Esparza, Jesus Aguilera, Brad Clapp, Jeff Corsaletti, Diomedes Garcia, Gemmy Gonzalez, Edgar Gutierrez, Papiro Juan, Ricardo Paulino, Rafael Quintero, Ciro Rosero, Andres Santos, Carlos Silva. Players...

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Breaking News: Nelson Pereira Released

UPDATE 1:15 PM: I just received word from Kyle Stark, Director of Player Development, confirming the move.  Stark had the following to say about the move: “With all of the trades, drafted players, and international signs the last two years, we have limited opportunities for many talented players. Ultimately we have decided to give those innings to other pitchers. While Nelson had performed well at the lower levels, we must...

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Pirates reportedly release Nelson Pereira

Tim Williams of Bucco Fans reports that the Pirates have released pitching prospect Nelson Pereira. Pereira, 21, posted a 3.74 FIP in 49.2 innings for Single-A West Virginia last season. [Link]

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 46-50

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. Here are prospects 46-50: 50. Ramon Aguero, RHP 2009...

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2009 State College Spikes Season Recap

One of the big stories last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was the horrible performance of the 2008 State College Spikes. The 2008 Spikes went 18-56, mostly due to some horrible pitching numbers thanks to a heavy dose of fastballs and not much else, which left the hitters knowing what was coming. The 2008 team may not have been a failure though. I broke down the 2008 Spikes a few months ago, noting that the...

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