Who Will the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

Throughout the year we’ve talked about the Rule 5 roster crunch that the Pittsburgh Pirates will face this off-season.  Some of that has been over-blown to the point where people suggest trading prospects like Starling Marte just because the Pirates might not have a spot to protect him.  Make no mistake, the Pirates aren’t at risk of losing any significant prospects to the Rule 5 draft.  They currently have five spots open...

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Altoona Curve Player Reports 9/2/11

Altoona lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels tonight by a score of 8-4, going down early with an 8-2 deficit after six innings.  Brett Sinkbeil took the loss, giving up all eight runs, with six earned, in 5.1 innings.  Here are the reports from the game. Starling Marte Marte didn’t do much in his last three at-bats, and aside from extending his hitting streak to 15 games, he had a quiet night.  However, he did some good things...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Quincy Latimore

Quincy Latimore’s prospect status has always been a highly debated topic, especially on this site.  He started off the 2011 season by going 2-for-4 with two doubles in his first game at the AA level.  Immediately everyone got in to a frenzy that he should be one of the top prospects in the system, due to his young age (22 years old) and his power, after hitting 19 home runs in high-A last year. Latimore is young, and he does...

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Altoona Curve 8/2 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the second of three reports on the minor league teams. Also See: State College 7/31 Tuesday August 2 — Altoona Curve I was really looking forward to the Curve game as they have several players that I saw often last year on the...

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Is the 2007 Draft Better Than We Thought?

We all know that the Pirates made a mistake when they passed over Matt Wieters in the 2007 draft, but for the people who follow the draft closely, the rest of the draft looked even worse with a bunch of overdrafts and roster fillers. Now it should be noted that just four years later only six of the players signed are still in the system, but it’s starting to look like the 2007 draft is actually paying off for the Pirates,...

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