Piratefest 2011 – General Public Q&A (1 of 2)

On Friday, I went down to the Convention Center to represent Pirates Prospects at Piratefest 2011. The goal was to take in the general feel of the event and sit in on the Question and Answer session at 7 pm with the general public, then go back stage at 7:45 for a special blogger Q&A with Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington, and a Pirates player. Because of all the info gathered on Friday, I thought it would be best to break it up...

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Jameson Taillon Finishes 18th on MLB.com’s Rankings

MLB.com released their top 50 prospects for the 2011 season tonight, and Jameson Taillon rated 18th on the list.  Taillon was the only Pirates prospect named to the list.  You can see the full list here, and the write up of Taillon is here.  The Pirates were one of 18 teams to have just one player in the top 50. The Baseball America top 100 rankings has come out at the end of February during the last two years.  I could see Taillon...

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Oakland Signs Andy LaRoche

Andy LaRoche has found a new home, signing a minor league deal today with the Oakland Athletics.  LaRoche will receive an invite to Spring Training.  The addition for Oakland isn’t a surprise.  A year ago we heard rumors that Oakland tried to trade for LaRoche, only for the Pirates to ask for pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. LaRoche showed some promise in 2009.  His hitting wasn’t really anything to write...

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Pirates Sign Kawika Emsley-Pai

I’ve been meaning to post this minor news for the last few days, but kept putting it on the back burner. The Pirates signed minor league catcher Kawika Emsley-Pai to a minor league deal on Thursday. Emsley-Pai was drafted in the tenth round of the 2010 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was released in December. He hit for a .167/.265/.200 line in 90 at-bats in short season A-ball. As Colin Dunlap points out, the Arizona...

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The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide

Today is the official release date for the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide.  The books arrived last week, and all of the pre-sales have been shipped out, with the weekend orders going out this morning.  Some of the pre-sales have already arrived, while a lot of the Pittsburgh area orders are expected to arrive today.  Each shipment included a tracking number, which should have been mailed to you, allowing you to get an estimate...

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