The Quixotic Search for a Shortstop

Let’s look around the minors for players that may project to be better both offensively and defensively than the Pirates leading in-house contender at shortstop, Chase d’Arnaud.

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Fields traded to Colorado

The Pirates traded infielder Josh Fields to the Colorado Rockies today for a player to be named later or cash. Fields, a non-roster invitee, was optioned to minor league camp on Friday. He struggled this spring, hitting .172/.306/.207 in 29 at-bats. Fields was unlikely to see much playing time in the Pirates organization, due to a major logjam in the infield at Triple-A Indianapolis. Jeff Clement, Matt Hague, Josh Harrison, Corey...

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Adcock Makes Royals’ Opening Day Roster

The Kansas City Royals announced today that pitcher Nathan Adcock will be on the team’s opening day roster, meaning he will stay with the organization for now. Adcock was left off the Pirates 40-man roster in December, making him eligible for this year’s Rule 5 draft. The Royals selected him with the fifth overall pick, and decided to keep him around after he produced decent results this spring. Adcock allowed five runs in 13...

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Ciriaco optioned; Rodriguez, Bowker make team

The Pirates roster is starting to take shape, and very few question marks remain after a couple announcements following today’s win against the Rays. Pedro Ciriaco has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, meaning Rule 5 pickup Josh Rodriguez has earned a spot on the 25-man roster as a reserve infielder. Both players had pretty strong springs, making the choice a difficult one. Ciriaco hit .333/.326/.429 in 42 Grapefruit League...

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Typical Minor League Timeline

One of the most important pieces of information we must consider when evaluating a prospect is the player’s age relative to the level at which he is playing. If a player is considerably older than most of his competition (or conversely, if he is much younger than his competition), we must account for that when projecting future performance. If you are someone who generally pays attention to the various minor league systems around...

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