Pittsburgh Pirates Half-Season in Review

Back in April I posted my 17 things to watch for in 2009 (besides the losing streak). With the All-Star break here, I figured now would be a good time to recap those 17 things, to see how the Pirates have come along in certain areas this season. Here is the recap: 17. The performance of the 2008 draft class. The Pirates went all out, spending almost $10 M in the 2008 draft, including going over slot on several high impact players in...

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Pirates Notebook: Back to the Futures

The MLB Futures Game is tomorrow at 2 PM EST. Pedro Alvarez and Brad Lincoln will be representing the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Alvarez batting fifth as the DH in the starting lineup of the US roster. In preparation of the Futures game tomorrow, I decided to go back over the rosters of past futures games, noting the presence of current and past Pirates, as well as some of the studs and duds from each year. 2008 Pirates: Andrew...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/9/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 9-0 to Columbus. Game Notes: Ryan Doumit actually recorded a hit in his rehab stint, going 2 for 4. Steve Pearce went 0 for 4 in his return to AAA. Jeremy Powell got crushed, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in four innings. AA The Result: Altoona won 10-4 against Erie. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 5 with a run. -Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 4 with...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/8/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 2-1 to Columbus. Game Notes: Ryan Doumit continues to go hitless in his rehab stint, going 0 for 3. Tom Gorzelanny went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits, with four walks and two strikeouts. Not a good outing for Gorzelanny, with a high walk rate, but he managed to come out with just one run allowed. AA The Result: Altoona won 1-0...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/7/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 13-6 against Columbus. Game Notes: Brian Bixler went 2 for 6, homering in his third straight game. Ryan Doumit went 0 for 5, and remains hitless in his rehab stint. Not just AAA, but his entire rehab time. Shelby Ford went 2 for 4, with two doubles. Eric Kratz went 3 for 4 with his fourth homer of the season. AA The Result: Altoona got crushed...

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